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Old 12-16-2001, 09:38 PM   #1
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install KDE but GNOME starts (may soon lose mind)

Had a new install working with KDE. Used Xconfigurator to try and change the resolution. When I started x again I get Gnome. Can't figure out how to get back to KDE.

I reinstall 6.1 with the 'install KDE workstation' option, startx still gives me GNOME.

Right. I use partition magic to completely delete all partitions on my hard drive. I do a custom install and am careful to install KDE but not GNOME. After install, GNOME starts. Am I losing my mind? What am I doing wrong?
Old 12-16-2001, 11:56 PM   #2
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Edit (or create if it doesn't exist) the ~/.xinitrc file and add the following line:

exec startkde

If the file already exists, you'll probably need to comment out (a hash "#" at the beginning of the line) any other lines that start with "exec". Exit out of X and then run "startx" again.

If you boot directly into a GUI (kdm, gdm) login, you may need to make additional changes, but I'm not sure what they are.

Old 12-17-2001, 12:35 AM   #3
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during your install, did you check mark to start KDE as default or not.. later versions of REdhat you can change your default in the /etc/system/desktop
but not sure what you did if you did a custom and selected not to install GNOME...
Old 12-17-2001, 07:28 PM   #4
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try this command

switchdesk kde

then try startx


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