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Old 09-24-2006, 10:29 AM   #1
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KDE desktop start problem on Kubuntu

Hi, after ripping a DVD and apparently running out of disk space I now have an issue getting my desktop to start properly. I am hoping somebody can assist me with this.

Having googled around - a lot - it would appear that this kind of event can wreck your kde config somehow.

Anyhow, I am now back at the following position.

On starting my PC Kubuntu will get as far as the graphical login apparently OK. I enter my usual user ID and password and the desktop will start but I get a blank blue screen with an open Konsole screen.

The Konsole screen is set to my Home directory and an LS shows my files as I would expect them to be.

I can exit Konsole by selecting something like End Session from the menu which gives me a modified version of the graphical "log out" screen which allows me to end my session which drops me back to the graphical login screen.

From here if I select "Login from Console" it drops me back to a console screen at a login prompt.

Here I out in the same user ID and password as I put in the graphical login screen and it logs me in fine to my home directory and issuing an LS shows my files OK.

From here if I issue a "startx" it starts my Desktop just fine and everything is at it should be.

In summary -

if I login from Graphical screen - I get a blank desktop with a Konsole screen
if I login from a console screen and issue "startx" - it's fine

Any ideas gratefully received.
Old 09-24-2006, 08:19 PM   #2
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On the login screen, check the "Sessions" menu, and make sure that KDE is selected (NOT default, or last).

If you have run out of disk space, then you need to find the offending file(s) that has filled your drive, and delete it. Check /tmp.

I hope this helps
Old 09-25-2006, 01:48 AM   #3
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Hi IBall

I did of course forget to mention that I had cleared out the offending files.

However your suggestion of expressly selecting KDE as the desktop in the Sessions menu was right on the money.

Problem solved.

Many thanks for your help.


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