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Old 08-11-2005, 01:55 PM   #1
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X windows stucked at grey screen

Hi guys,

I am running Kubuntu 5.04.

I installed Fluxbox through Synaptic and everything seems well, till I opted to start Fluxbox. it just stayed at the grey screen. Rebooting or restarting X would cause me to go to get stuck at the grey screen. Mouse is working fine, and there is a hint of a toolbar at the bottom. KDM never appeared again. KDM is my only login manager.

I have tried editting /etc/kde3/kdm/kdmrc and turn off my autologin and made sure that KDE is my default windows manager but none helped.

My questions are:
1. How can I revive KDM?
2. is there any hot key that allows me to go to console login from X and possibly alloms me to start KDE?

Old 08-11-2005, 02:25 PM   #2
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Re: X windows stucked at grey screen

Originally posted by Navyblue
till I opted to start Fluxbox.
what you see is fluxbox

i guess if you don't like it un-opt it
you didn't say how you opted it in the first place

the trick is most likely the script ~/.xinitrc or ~/.xsession
the secret word is

as for kdm thats started on boot to a certain run level - there is a link in the runlevel folder to /etc/init.d folder kdm script so i can't imagine that is changed
to see what runlevel you use look at /etc/inittab and look at the default runlevel line

most likely all you need to do is put startkde in ~/.xsession

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Old 08-12-2005, 12:06 AM   #3
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I opted to start fluxbox from the KDM. You mean that grey screen is fluxbox? There is nothing for me to click on, just a plain blank grey screen with a mouse cursor.

Will try what you have suggested.
Old 08-12-2005, 12:37 AM   #4
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My default runlevel is 2.

At the grey screen I pressed ctrl alt bckspc and while it is loading up I pressed a lot of combination of keys including alt up and ctrl up and miracullously KDM appeared.

i have not been able to find the 2 files that you mentioned. Are they under root directory?
Old 08-12-2005, 02:24 AM   #5
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Btw my problem is solved... by uninstalling fluxbox.


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