KDE hosed - no display

Rex Dieter rdieter at math.unl.edu
Fri Jul 11 13:48:03 UTC 2008

Anne Wilson wrote:

> This morning my F9 box gets to the login screen, then I get a white box on
> a
> black background.  The white box disappears and I'm left with a black
> screen. It seems that things carry on in the background, as, after a
> while, I get the chimes that signal that the system is ready to go.
> I've checked that it isn't the kernel that's the problem - it happens on
> both
> kernels.  The session menu at login doesn't show any other dm, so I
> thought I
> must have forgotten to install an extra one.  I went into failsafe mode
> and
> first tried for updates, to be told that there are none.  I then tried to
> install gnome-desktop, figuring that it would pick up the necessaries from
> there.  It says that gnome-desktop is already installed.
> At this point I'm at a loss to know what's next.  Advice?

One brute force method is to reset your prefs
mv ~/.kde ~/.kde.BAK
and then (potentially) start restoring bits of it until you're back where
you want to be or you retrigger the bug, whichever comes first.

-- Rex

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