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Old 01-27-2007, 12:03 AM   #1
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Unable to login using GUI


I'm using Debian.
I can't login using the GUI login screen.
I can only login using the console.
Has anyone had that happen before?

X works.

Old 01-27-2007, 01:10 AM   #2
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It'd be helpful if you told us what happens when you try to log in..
Old 01-27-2007, 03:28 AM   #3
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Depending on your version of Debian you might have to do something like this from the console, as "root" user:

apt-get update
apt-get install xserver-xorg (OR xserver-xfree86 if you are running Debian Sarge)
apt-get install gdm

Then just do a "shutdown -r now" and you _should_ get the graphical login screen (gdm).
Old 01-27-2007, 04:30 AM   #4
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stuck in localhost login

I may have a similar pb.
I have Mandriva 2006 which worked well till I tried to install the *torrent* packages.
After the installation the torrent logo screen would come up briefly then disappear.
I rebooted the PC and then the system got stuck trying to start mandi daemon.
then timed out and gave me localhost login:
I tried "chkconfig mandi off" (apparently it is not essential to the system)
which allowed the startup to go further but still stopped with the localhost login:
as a newbee I don't know where to go from here can anyone help?
Old 01-27-2007, 02:58 PM   #5
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The problem is solved...

By chance I thought it may be my password length which was 13 characters.

I changed the password from 13 to 10 characters and now in addition to still being able to login at the console I can now also login at the Graphical login screen.

Thank you for your time and help!

Have a great week!

Last edited by lgtrean; 01-27-2007 at 03:02 PM.


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