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Old 04-21-2004, 06:22 PM   #1
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Unhappy I can start X with root but not with another user


I'm getting a strange problem: i've just installed Linux Mandrake 10.0 Download Edition (3 CDs).
My problem is related to X, so maybe this information could be useful: during the install, I let the basic package selection, but I wanted to use GNOME so I deselected KDE and selected GNOME in the list.

Now, here is the problem I'm getting:

- Firsty, I logged on with root account (note: i chose to boot on command line, not directly in graphical mode), so i typed 'startx' and everything worked fine.

- Then, I left X, typed 'exit' and came back to login prompt. Then I typed 'pewillette' as login, that's a standard user account. I typed 'startx' also, but this time, the screen changed resolution, became blue as if it was working, but then came back to command line! There were no particular error messages...

Does somebody have any answer?

My configuration is:

- ASUS P4B533 mainboard
- Pentium IV 2.26GHz CPU
- ASUS V8420 video adapter (nVidia GeForce 4 Ti4200 chip - here set 1280*1024 24bit @ 70Hz but worked fine with root account)
- 60GB WD HD (total 12GB for LM 10.0)

Thank you for your answers!
Old 04-21-2004, 06:39 PM   #2
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If you logged in as a user, then try typing startx again. The root X is red background and user background is blue. Or try ctrl alt then f1 f2 f3 f4 f5 f6 f7. Let me know if that helped.
Old 04-21-2004, 06:48 PM   #3
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If i try typing 'startx' again, the same problem occurs. But i noticed that at the end of the X messages, even if there is no error, I can see 'Waiting for X Server to shutdown' so each time it starts in user mode, it shutdowns a few time later.

Typing CTRL+ALT+F1/F2/F3/... brings me to different login prompts, but does not solve the problem.

Now I have to go, but I could try giving more privileges to my 'pewillette' account? Is it possible that this is a user's rights problem?
Old 04-21-2004, 06:53 PM   #4
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not wanting to bash MDK, but (no bashing forthcomming)

MDK 10.0 appears to have some serious bugs
MDK installs are finicky about deselecting packages. It seems to have issues with some requests conflicting with it's predefined scripts (this is just a theory)

Try, as root, to configure the graphic environment ... that said, i don't know how to do it, except that from memory control drake or some such tool existed that allowed you to define auto logins and such stuff, which (from very shaddy memory) allowed you to override and sent the GUI environment for the users.

Control Panel was the name i think, and in there was alot of options relating to these things.
Old 04-21-2004, 06:58 PM   #5
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Thank you, it's late here (1:57am), I'm going to try this tomorrow. If I get something working I'll tell you! Bye


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