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Old 06-14-2004, 09:16 AM   #1
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Mandrake 9.2: Cannot start X Windows as normal user


I have been running Mandrake 9.2 for a while, usually without problems.
Once in a while, though, my usual login (normal user login) seems to stop working: by this I mean to say that linux starts as usual with graphical login screen and I cannot seem to get past this screen. Even entering the correct username + password combination, all I see is a black screen for a second or two, then the usual graphical login screen again (and no mention of errors!).

What I have tried:
- Ctrl+Alt+F2 to go to command line mode
- Successfully logged in as myself (normal user) there
- Tried to start X from there, but it won't work
- I can only start X Windows as root, but then this is not recommended.

Any suggestions?


Old 06-15-2004, 06:08 AM   #2
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Problem solved - Can now go into Xwindows as normal user

Hi everyone,

in case anyone hits the same problem I did and becomes unable to go into X Windows as normal user (but can still do so as root)...
check your security level!

A security level of "paranoid" stops me going into X Windows
Changing the level to "high" (haven't tested "higher" yet) should solve your problem! It solved it at my end.

[PS: This can be done through "Start", Configuration, Configure my computer, Security, DrakSec helps you configure the system security level. You will need to be logged on as root]



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