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When my wife tries to login to her computer, Gnome usually freezes.
Nothing in Gnome responds to the mouse or keyboard and all I can do
is go to a console and restart gdm. I can always log into Gnome under
I am not sure how to troubleshoot this problem. Presumably it is
something in the startup apps or a config file. The quick and dirty
method would be to create another user and move her data but this
would be a lot of work and the problem might come back.
I have a suspicion that it is related to gnome-keyring. This is
because (against my advice) she insisted on an automatic login without
entering a password. This was a waste of time as gnome-keyring
promptly complained and demanded a password. Many times I changed her
settings to ask for a login password but it does not always change the
behaviour. When it tries to log in automatically without a password
Gnome locks up around the time that gnome-keyring asks for its
The default language for her is Portuguese and mine is English if that makes any difference.