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Old 09-18-2006, 05:26 AM   #1
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desktop fails to load - kubuntu


Some time ago I installed ubuntu and everything went quite well. Then I installed kubuntu-desktop and for about two weeks it went well, too. But then, when I tried to log in, it is just a light blue screen, than it turns black, and the login screen appears again. It doesn't matter whether I chose gnome or kde session. The console login works perfectly well. I think it isn't a problem with the hardware, because I`m just writing this from the same notebook, but with windows xp.
Anyway, my hardware:
Graphics: ATI Radeon 9600
RAM : 512 MB DDR
Processor: Intel centrino, 1,7 Mhz

I'd really like to see my desktop again, so
Thanks a lot for your answers!

Last edited by minimammut; 09-18-2006 at 05:50 AM.
 
Old 09-18-2006, 09:27 AM   #2
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perhaps check through the forum or on the ubuntu site for setting up you graphics card.
something may not have been setup properly or somehow something changed perhaps through an update(although things really shouldn't break on updates but i suppose it can happen)
 
Old 09-18-2006, 11:04 AM   #3
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Get more information.

Log in using the console and then type the following:

Code:
startx
It should give you an error message (if it doesn't, then the problem is fixed.)

Give us the error message. I can help you more from there.

Just to give you some background, I suspect your xorg.conf is malconfigured. Whenever X11 has a configuration problem, it starts to load for me and then it breaks and dumps me at my console login. I could be wrong, but what I've said is my suspicions.

Hope you find a solution!
 
Old 09-19-2006, 10:31 AM   #4
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at first, i want to thank you for your help until now.
I did "startx" and then a window opened, having a "x" in the middle.
But this window disappeared after a few seconds.
But the problem is, that the error message is bigger than the screen, so I only have the bottom part of it, cause I don't know how to scroll in the console.
Here is the error message:
Quote:
(**) RADEON(0): RADEONDisplayPowerManagementSet(0,0x0)
(**) RADEON(0): RADEONRestore
(**) RADEON(0): RADEONRestoreMode()
(**) RADEON(0): RADEONRestoreMode(0x81ff698)
(**) RADEON(0): RADEONRestoreMemMapRegisters()
(**) RADEON(0): MC_FB_LOCATION :0x1fff0000
(**) RADEON(0): MC_AGP_LOCATION :0x27ff2000
(**) RADEON(0): Map Changed ! Applying ...
(**) RADEON(0): Map applied, resetting engine ...
(**) RADEON(0): Updating display base adresses...
(**) RADEON(0): Memory map updated.
(**) RADEON(0): Programming CRTC1, offset: 0x00000000
(**) RADEON(0): Wrote:0x00180006 0x0002003d 0x00000000 (0x0000a700)
(**) RADEON(0): rd=6, fd=61, pd=2
(**) RADEON(0): Disposing accel...
(**) RADEON(0): Disposing cusor info
(**) RADEON(0): Disposing DGA
(**) RADEON(0): Unmapping memory
(**) RADEON(0): RADEONRICloseScreen
FreeFontPath: FPE "/usr/share/X11/fonts/misc" refcount is 2, should be 1; fixing
.


xauth: error in locking authority file /media/daten1/.Xauthority
It doesn't say much to me, I hope you learn more from it and can help!
 
Old 09-19-2006, 11:00 AM   #5
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Don't worry - I don't know how to scroll in the console either.

And no, that doesn't tell me a whole lot... though I'm sure some wise person will say "oh, do x y and z and you're done!"

What I do know that it's saying is that it can't lock the file /media/daten1/.Xauthority. By any chance is your home folder (where $ cd ~/ takes you) in /media? Because I don't know why X11 is messing around in the /media area right after initializing your graphics drivers (fxglrx, I think. I don't know - I'm an NVIDIA person, and I don't pay much attention to ATI stuff).

If so, then someone who knows how to fix your broken paths should be able to help. I don't know, since I've never tried to move outside of /home/lsauron.

Sorry I couldn't be of any more help, but hopefully we found something that others can help you with!
 
Old 09-19-2006, 11:27 AM   #6
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for scrolling try Shift-PageUp and Shift-PageDown
read this
this should hopefully work and will hopefully have some more useful information further up.

Good luck
 
Old 09-19-2006, 02:05 PM   #7
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hello everyone,
i`ve just noticed that my homefolder is /media/daten1 , and not /home/minimammut, like it used to be.
But I don't know how to change my home folder.
The results from google always show something with creating partitions, but I just want to change the folder!!!
Does anybody know the command?
might help in here!
 
Old 09-19-2006, 02:54 PM   #8
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Go to the control panel, click "system settings" -> "user accounts"

go into administrative mode and click on your account and then modify.

You will be able to change it in there
 
Old 09-19-2006, 03:40 PM   #9
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you can also just tar up your home folder and extract in place desired.

it keeps all the permissions the same for you.

you also need to update your /etc/fstab file too.
 
Old 09-20-2006, 08:51 AM   #10
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@imagineaxion:
Sorry, but I can't go to the Control Panel or click anything, because I just have the console, thats what my problem is about!

I hope anybody can help
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Old 09-20-2006, 09:28 AM   #11
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right...
did the Shift-PageUp and Shift-PageDown work?

for your home folder follow Old_Fogie's instructions or i presume moving it will work too
Code:
mv /media/daten1 /home/minimammut
and update the /etc/fstab if necessary

This may also solve the x environment problem but I could not say that for sure. As far as I am aware your home directory also stores information for the x environemt start up.
Your home folder "somehow" could have moved and the x environment is looking were ite was namely /home/minimammut - i'm really not sure but worth a try

Another thing have you installed kdm or gdm, I from using debian that you often need to install them as well as the x11 packages

you are connected to the net thou on that machine?
if you are, try
Code:
apt-get update
apt-cache search x11
and install whatever the actual package name is then either
Code:
apt-get install kdm
or
Code:
apt-get install gdm
depending if you using kde or Gnome

You say that KDE was running before? If it was still try install that stuff and if kdm is already installed try install gdm you can still login using the gdm but set it to start KDE (you will see an option or setting button if you get it working)...

Hope some of this helps

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Old 09-20-2006, 09:39 AM   #12
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yeah, the page up worked, thanks for that!
I tried just to copy all the stuff being in /home/minimammut to /media/daten1 usind cp /home/minimammut /media/daten1 , but he just said he left that direction /home/minimammut out, and did nothing
Yes, I have internet connection working, I already tried to reinstall kde, but failed...
I'll find out whether I'm using kdm or gdm, and I'll trie out the stuff.

I'll tell you if I have results,
thanks a lot!
 
Old 09-20-2006, 11:57 AM   #13
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What you're all doing is telling him things he doesn't need to know.

What we need is a way to change the home folder in the command line. I'd expect it to be in some user account program. Well, I was in the process or looking for a solution when the bell rang (I'm at school.)

I'll have to come back later. Until then!
 
Old 09-20-2006, 09:18 PM   #14
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fyi..

if it's just "your" home folder than cp is ok...not great. there can be issues, debian recommends a kind of a cryptic way to do it, beyond our scope here.

but the tar way is really the best way, especially if you have more than one user, and the yield is same result as debian's way.

edit: reason: when you use tar command it saves permissions.
 
Old 09-21-2006, 01:23 PM   #15
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i just tried to do it using "the tar way", but failed...
making the .tar file was no problem, but when I tried to unpack it was 20 sec. of rushing letters over my screen, and then the he said he had failed, and I tried logging in, but it didn't work. #
Isn't there any way of changing the home folder? I really think this is the problem, because I saw some kde files while packing it!
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