[nSLUG] Gnome to KDE-->Stymied at kdm Login Screen

Robert Ashley rb.ashley at gmail.com
Tue Jul 24 00:39:00 ADT 2007

Thanks Devin. I've been fiddling around...

I've made some progress. I'd try booting from a lesser kernel and
selecting single user mode. Then, in the console, after considerable
lines of start up script, I got a root prompt. I took the bait, and
did a startx. That got me onto the KDE desktop. I promptly removed KDE
and kdm, logged out, and got back to a gdm log-in to Gnome.

I seem to be up and running, except I'm getting a "Can't initialize
HAL" warning, but it doesn't seem to be affecting anything yet.

I wasn't particularly enamoured of my brief intro to KDE and I tried
it because I don't particularly like Gnome either. I've tried a couple
of the WMs that you can choose at login--metacity and something else,
both of which are pretty lame. Suggestions?

I think I'll get a new CD-ROM drive. On a scale of 1-10 how easy/hard
is this for me to do myself?


On 7/24/07, Devin Horsman <horsman at gmail.com> wrote:
> Usually that sound either means your optical drive is gone (most only last
> for a year or two) or that the Iso you burnt is junk. Try a cd you've booted
> from before, and then try a different cd-drive.
>  On 7/23/07, Robert Ashley <rb.ashley at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > I recently dist-upgraded from debian etch to lenny/sid. Went flawless.
> > Was using Gnome, but decided to try KDE. Almost everything worked fine
> > (except sound)...so, I did an alsaconfig but no luck. Thought I'd
> > tackle that later. I then decided to change gdm log-in to kdm. uh-oh.
> >
> > Now I can't get past the kdm login screen...no keyboard recognition.
> >
> > I don't have any mission-critical files, so I decided to try a fresh
> > install of Ubuntu. I changed the boot sequence, but CD drive won't
> > boot. It seems to be wheezing, spinning up then down, like a car
> > trying to start with a weak battery at minus 20 degrees. In any case,
> > the CD drive does try, wheezes, then fails, then the hard drive spins
> > up, taking me to the kdm login. Stymied.
> >
> > Should I try a new CD drive? Can I interrupt the boot sequence with
> > some kind of rescue move? Do I try a rescue floppy?
> >
> > I appreciate any diagnostic input. Thanks.
> >
> > Bob
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