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Old 01-04-2006, 05:09 PM   #1
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Login screen looks primitive. no KDM?


I've just upgraded from Mandriva 2005 LE to Mandriva 2006.
When the system boots to the point of asking me to log in, instead of a pretty login screen with options for shutting down, choosing display managers, etc., all I get is prompts for username and password. This is drawn in a very primitive GUI. It does allow me to log in, after which KDE starts up fairly normally.

When I want to want to reboot, the only option I get is to end the session. There is no option for shutdown or reboot.

Another thread reported similar problems, and a response suggested that kdm wasn't running, and sure enough, I tried the ps command and found xdm running instead of kdm.
How do I get kdm to run when the system boots so as to get the pretty Mandriva logon screen?

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Old 01-04-2006, 06:06 PM   #2
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http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...searchid=88995
 
Old 01-04-2006, 08:08 PM   #3
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clicking the link produces "Sorry - no matches. Please try some different terms."
What shall I search for? I've tried login screen, xdm, kdm, etc. have read numerous posts and tried several "solutions" (including remove & re-install kde) but they have not gotten kdm working on my system.

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Old 01-05-2006, 01:26 PM   #4
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Changing from XDM to KDM

Start up the Mandriva control centre and look under the 'System' category for an applet that has a set of traffic lights as it's icon.

Opening that will allow you to select any of the valid display managers installed on your system for example GDM (Gnome's Display Manager) KDM (KDE's Display Manager) or XDM (The X Display Manager)
 
Old 01-05-2006, 05:07 PM   #5
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Just change the thread number to 88995 in your address bar and the page shows, some thing aboutloading modules.

"Look at /etc/modules.conf"

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Old 01-05-2006, 05:17 PM   #6
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Thanks for the replies, nafan and Glenn.

Nafan, I did find that traffic light control panel. The first time I saw it the only choice was xdm. I've fiddled with the system & somehow got kdm into the list. If I select it, the computer boots to a text login (as if it were init 3).
If I select xdm, it boots to the primitive graphic login.

Glenn, when I go to thread 88995 it shows me an exchange from 2002 about Linux on a Macintosh.

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Old 01-05-2006, 05:21 PM   #7
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Gang,

Thank you all for your assistance.
Convinced that something went wrong in the upgrade, I wiped out the / and /usr partitions and installed Mandriva 2006 Mini from CD. Wow, is that ever minimal!
I had to urpmi three things to get kde installed. Good thing I had written those things down from yesterday's research. Now KDE works but the graphical login is still primitive & the only shutdown option is "end session", i.e. no shutdown or reboot.

Since I installed from "mini", I don't have any of the Mandrake tools like mcc & no apps other than the KDE apps.

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Old 01-05-2006, 05:51 PM   #8
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Now you have kdm, go to mcc and in the system-services section and be sure dm is set to start at boot.

edit: sorry, I'm a bit behind the times.

There are cli commands to do this. I suggest a new thread highlighting that you need command line configuration help. I've forgotten all that.

mdk...

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Old 01-06-2006, 07:09 PM   #9
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How did you do the first upgrade - did you choose that 'upgrade' option at the beginning?

If so I would start again and choose 'fresh install'. That upgrade never works in my experience (and most others') and causes a lot of heartache.

Give up and start again.

If you are worried about data or settings, these should be ok so long as you only choose to re-format the root partition and NOT the home partition. This is not a guarantee though, only personal experience.
 
  


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