[WNYLUG-Users] KDE loading problem

josephj at main.nc.us josephj at main.nc.us
Tue Feb 28 04:59:28 EST 2012

I also tried logging in as another user, but that did not help.
I can no longer get to virtual terminals once KDE stalls.  I have to do
that by pinning the tail on the invisible recovery boot option in grub.


> My notebook was working fine last I used it.  Other than normal updates
> (including a kernel update), I don't think I've changed anything.  I had
> it turned off for a few days.
> Now, when I login, kde doesn't complete loading.  It has stopped in
> several places (by what shows up on the splash screen), but on the most
> recent attempt, all the icons on the splash screen *except* the larger kde
> icon that comes last "fade" into view fine.  Then, it just sits there.
> Things are complicated a bit because my notebook display is dead and I'm
> using a very old external monitor.  The only problem that this adds is
> that I'm unable to see the grub menu and anything else before the kde gui
> attempts to load.
> By typing blind, I was able to get to the text login screen.  That works
> fine.
> Then, I remembered virtual terminals and I can get into one of them fine
> when kde fails to complete loading.
> So far what I've done is run e2fsck on /home and /media/dataspace (which
> automounts in fstab).  I haven't figured out how to run it on / yet.  I
> tried one live CD so far and it couldn't get the video display to work.
> I'll try other CDs and another external monitor later.
> I looked through dmesg, Xorg.0.log, and debug in /var/log... and nothing
> jumped out at me as an error.
> Just for the heck of it, I also ran apt-get update, upgrade, and
> dist-upgrade.  They ran fine, but didn't fix anything.
> What do I try next?
>   Joe
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