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Old 10-26-2005, 09:37 AM   #1
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display manager crashes/wont start (KDE)

Hi everyone, thanks for reading.

I have a triple boot system on a new work computer, my old computer was Linux Mandrake 9.2 (kernel 2.4.22) and I really liked it, so I installed it as one of my os on my new one. I installed it from the same CD set, but I chose a few different options as my last one, since I couldn't remember exactly what I picked last time.

However I don't really know that much about Linux.

My last computer had the following choices in LILO:

My new one has these choices

With linux-secure being the default.

However, when I boot into linux-secure (which sounds good to me, but I don't know exactly what makes it "secure"), the normal boot up screen appears up to the point where the screen would change from the text on a black background, to the blue screen with the progress bar. Instead, the screen simply goes black (monitor does not shut off or go into sleep mode).

When I press CTRL+ALT+DEL, the computer will go into its shutdown sequence of text on a black background indicating what services it is shutting down.

After announcing what its version is, one of the first messages is:
 Stopping dm: Stopping display manager: [FAILED]
So from this I assume display manager is for some reason, not starting up at all.

When I boot into regular "linux" and not "linux-secure" everything works fine.

Please, help me, how can I fix this or, if not fix it, remove this "linux-secure" bit?

Thanks very much.
Old 10-27-2005, 02:11 AM   #2
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There might be some packages that you installed that have missing dependancies. Since you have obviously not put anything important on your linux partitions I would just re-install. I've never used 9.2 I started with 10.1 and moved on up to 2005 LE, but if you can don't pick individual packages, just pick the roles you plan on using it for and let it install the most common, and then you can do custom package installations using the control center after you get it up and running.
Old 10-27-2005, 03:13 AM   #3
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"linux-secure" sounds to me like "failsafe", this is only to be used if something goes wrong.
When I boot into regular "linux" and not "linux-secure" everything works fine.
So simply use "linux"

To change the default, well I haven't used lilo for quite some time now, but I think you edit (su to root) /etc/lilo.conf and then execute 'lilo'.
Old 11-01-2005, 09:46 AM   #4
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How can I find out what Linux-secure is (this is on a server, so maybe I chose some type of "security" package when I was installing).

And how can I find out why my display manager is crashing? Yes, it doesn't do this on regular Linux, but regular Linux has it's own share of problems like Sound not working, etc.


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