kdm does not work, but gdm does

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kdm does not work, but gdm does

Postby PredatorCK » 2005-08-29 16:10

When I set kdm as a default display manager then after booting I have no keyboard in kdm, then I login via console and then start kdm as root and I finally have a keyboard. But then I cannot login with any account (I tried with a new one already) and kdm throws me back to the login menu when I try to login.

Now the miracle occurs :) since with gdm everything works fine....

I already googled the topic and tried several things like deleting .files from user directories, but nothing helps so far...

Any ideas?
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Postby piper » 2005-08-30 20:38

log into gnome, once logged in


login as root

init 3

apt-get remove --purge kdm

CTRL + ALT + F7 to get back to gnome

end session, log back into gnome


log in as root

init 3

apt-get install kdm

Choose kdm as default

When done installing DO NOT REBOOT

CTRL + ALT + F7 to get back to gnome

Now reboot, this worked for me, hope it works for you, or you can wait for other suggestions :)
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Postby Guest » 2005-08-30 23:22

Currently I have no network so I cannot re-install kdm (net-install), but I am definitely going to try, if your trick works THX in advance.

Somehow this procedure: Delete, Re-install, reboot, works. seems a little bit like windows :)

But somewhere there is certainly also a more technical reason why this thing does not work...

Postby PredatorCK » 2005-10-09 12:59

THX worked perfectly now that I could try it out.
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setting kdm to default

Postby Freelottoplayer » 2006-01-09 05:46

Thank You. That was exactly the answer I needed.

I tried several times to change to kdm and managed to lock myself out of the computer. The part I was missing was the "init 3".
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