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Old 08-06-2009, 09:29 PM   #1
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How do I boot to a selected desktop manager in mandriva free 2009-1?


I have installed the nes Mandriva free Gnome from the huge DVD easily and it works great. I ded have a problem getting it to boot with grub2 that I am using on that drive as part of testing Ubuntu 9.10. It does work and I can get to that installation.

I thought I would do another install using the Get them All type option. This went fine and I got it to boot with grub2. Then I look for how you get the option for other desktop managers. Find where I can choose KDE, Gnome or get a choice (KDE is default). I click on choice expecting an option at login.

This is where things go south. What I have is a system login during boot. So login, goes fine. Then you get a command line. This is fine with me.

There is just one problem - What in flinderation is the command? I tried a bunch that made sense to me. They did not make sense to Mandriva.

Any idea what I need to do?

I have never had a multi desktop potion before and think it could be neat. I would hate to have to reinstall the root partition with just a KDE option.
 
Old 08-07-2009, 03:11 AM   #2
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Mandriva is supposed to default to a graphical login.
The login screen has the menu you are looking for.

Do we understand that you get a non-graphical login screen?
 
Old 08-07-2009, 08:19 AM   #3
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Mandriva is supposed to default to a graphical login.
The login screen has the menu you are looking for.

Do we understand that you get a non-graphical login screen?
Yes, this would be the case. I never get to the login screen that you mention now.

Before I changed the default manager setting I got the normal login screen but no choice of manager, just got to KDE.
 
Old 08-07-2009, 08:48 AM   #4
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Yes, this would be the case. I never get to the login screen that you mention now.

Before I changed the default manager setting I got the normal login screen but no choice of manager, just got to KDE.
To get to the login screen the system must NOT set to auto login.
Create a other user and the system will ask if you like to disable the auto login
Or disable the auto login you're self
 
Old 08-07-2009, 01:29 PM   #5
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To get to the login screen the system must NOT set to auto login.
Create a other user and the system will ask if you like to disable the auto login
Or disable the auto login you're self
This is not set on Auto Login. I never use that on any of my OS'. There are a lot of times that I just want to see if they will boot. Restart from the login page. It is a bad habit anyway. My dreaded mother in law runs Vista and she doesn't even do that.
 
Old 08-07-2009, 02:39 PM   #6
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Well that is funny mine always started at the login screen.
And yes it gives me the change to change the GUI
 
Old 08-07-2009, 03:21 PM   #7
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I decided that I was just lucky to have this bugger act this way. No one else seems to have it.

So I reinstalled and it works just fine. Have choice of KDE, Gnome and Lxde. They all work.

Thanks for your time guys, I just wasn't sure that it wasn't supposed to be the way it was and I was just to ignernt to get the right command. After I entered "help" at the prompt and realized there really wasn't anything that would work there was when I decided to just redo the sucker.

Works now.

Thanks again.
 
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No worries - sounds like you had a config glitch, either when you changed to a text login or at the original install. It happens to the best of us.
 
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No worries - sounds like you had a config glitch, either when you changed to a text login or at the original install. It happens to the best of us.
I really prefer Debian based distros but Mandriva is an OS I really like.

The KDE stuff pretty much irritates me but I really like the Gnome and Ldxe.

I am a gnome user so that is a given but Mandriva has pcmanfm on the Ldxe and it is VERY nice. Works better in Mandriva than nautilus (Oh the shame - I really like nautilus).

None of the FMs for KDE work well in comparison. When you have a bunch of OS' it is nice to be able to easily go to nautilus as root and swap stuff around. Pcmanfm has a slower file transfer rate than nautilus but it works real slick and it is the easiest way to link up with my Debian based stuff. I have other things I can be doing while the files transfer, like the infernally slow RPM update process.
 
  


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