Particularly when the zookeeper is X11 server. 8)
Strangely, booted from a 40gb with Kubuntu (identical version - 9.0.4) plugged into an external enclosure whose power link is dying out, I get
1024x768 -- nothing higher, of course, but the desktop, folder windows and app windows all draw correctly, as they should by now with all the purging and cleaning I've done on the boot drive for GNOME.
So why not "migrate" the K onto the laptop, or do a fresh LiveCd install of same?
I suppose I could for a short time, except my own brother (IT for 13 years and 2 or three EMC Unix certs to his name) tried it a few months back.
Apparently KDE 4 and the T-series ThinkPads don't play well together -- he described running it as his boot OS as analogous to "a drunken dog with a missing leg in a sleetstorm."
Might my problem have something to do with using a non-standard (please read and read twice: did not come from the repositories and was not installed with the OS) login screen.
At any rate, it's probably making the difference between these jagged lines
and a blank -- white or black -- screen.
I'll take either-or at this point (read carefully and read twice:
EITHER 1024x768@16 drawn correctly OR a blank white or blank black screen).