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Old 11-16-2003, 07:05 AM   #1
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Question Graphical Login-screen defect? (Mandrake9.2)

I am currently running Mandrake 9.2 (for a couple of days now.. Without too many problems)

Everything was working fine until I unpacked a tar.gz file into the /usr/local/games - directory (pretty large..).

I rebooted, and got some error messages (didn't see which. Something about having too little space on the disk). The Graphical interface didn't load (usually does).

This is where the problem started. I went forward and deleted the unzipped folder and the tar.gz - file. When I rebooted I got NO error messages, but the login-menu wasn't working (see below)..

When I try to edit the users in KDE I am prompted for root-password, the menu loads, but when i try to uncheck the 'filter out xxx' in the menu the window closes..

The problem is:
* Linux loads fine until the graphical login-menu.

* All of a sudden I can choose fro a zillion (well.. Around 20 anyway..) users to log in as, although I usually had two profiles to choose from (which I created).

* When I try to log in with ANY profile the screen flashes, and I am returned to the login-menu again (NOTHING happened).

* I then try to login from console - no problem. Then I run 'startx' - sure thing! KDE - interface loads up without any problems!! I am dazzled..

Why can't I log in from the graphical menu???

Please help..
Old 11-16-2003, 07:50 PM   #2
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The login screen is controlled by the display manager, DM for short. The default DM for mandrake 9.2 is called "kdm". Try changing the DM in Mandrake Control Center>System>Choose display manager to "xdm" and see if that works. If it does, uninstall kdm in mcc>Software Management and try reinstalling it. Then reset kdm as the DM and see if it works.
Old 11-24-2003, 11:10 AM   #3
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To KilGoreTrout:

Not to detract TOO MUCH from the thread...

I didnt want any kde stuff (i'm building a GNUstep environment) so i went with xdm (which drakeconf recognizes).

I want to replace the xdm with wdm (from Window Maker) with the intention of installing InterfaceWM, a window manager written in Objective-C.

I've done this before in other distros, but i'm not familiar with Mandrake and i dont want to break anything...

Can anyone share any possible caveats i might encounter with Mandrake's drake technology while trying to setup my own dm menus?



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