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Re: Can't boot to kde

On Wed, Oct 03, 2007 at 10:55:04 -0400, Richard Carter wrote:
> I inadvertently cut the power to the room where my PC was running Debian 4.0.
> Now when I boot I get as far as the usual  screen with: the debian logo and
> the date & time in the bottom right corner; the "Session Type" and "Menu"
> tabs at the bottom left corner and the "Welcome to redcube"  window in the
> middle with space for my user name ("robin") and password.  Now, however,
> when I press enter after choosing a desktop (kde or gnome) from the "Session
> Type" tab the screen goes black for a few seconds and then returns to its
> previous state: i.e. kde (or gnome) won't start.
> However, if I choose "Console Login'" from the Menu tab login, as euther
> root or robin, succeeds.  Use of ls -a suggests that my HD is ok.  Under
> either robin or root, if I don't enter any thing for several minutes line
> after line of the form "DROPPED IN=eth0 OUT=MAC=ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff: (A lot
> more stuff follows which I haven't included)" appear.

The first thing I would check is if your root filesystem is still OK.
("ls -a" is not a good diagnostic for this.) For example, you can run

touch /forcefsck

as root and then simply reboot to have your filesystem checked. 

> If I log in as root and run startx the gnome desktop opens.  But if I log in
> as robin and run startx neither kde nor gnome opens but I get a message
> which looks like it might be part of /var/log/Xorg.0.log.
> Here are some things I have tried that didn't help:
>   logging with TWN, Twn or Failsafe
>   aptitude reinstall kdm
>   dpkg -reconfigure kdm
>   aptitude reinstall kdebase
>   aptitude remove kdebase, then aptitude install kdebase
>   creating a new user and attempting to start kde
> I have checked /var/log/Xorg.0.log and xsession-errors but couldn't find
> anything that looked important.

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