Hi, I think perhaps there is a config file that will allow you to boot to a gui login screen.
I use kde4 and openbox, but X is the window manager (I think).
So you may be able to change the setting boot to a graphical display, and to login automatically.
In the Boot section of your hardware/system config (mine is "Mageia Control Center"), look for "setup auto login and automatically login". AND,
select, "Launch the graphical environment when your system starts".
Now you should be able to see the user names to select and then a password prompt,
you don't have to select "Login automatically".
Also, there is a file in my user dir, /home/glenn/.dmrc
of course, I'm using kde4.
Hope this helps.