Debian Woody, KDE startup does not go past "Peripherals" phase
This problem has me perplexed. I have a machine which I have run in
the past with Debian Testing (Sarge). Everything is great. With the
progression to libc6.3 in Testing, one very important application broke
(CAD software). Hence, I now have to go back to Stable (or Woody, more
correctly, since I won't be able to use Sarge when it goes stable due to
libc) to make it work.
Whenever I need to install a machine, it is always stable. I get the
base stuff, then change the sources.list and upgrade before I start
getting anything serious like X/Gnome/KDE. This time I got X first, to
make sure that it would work. I ran into the problem that the XFree86 in
Woody does not recognize a particular variant of the ATI Rage128 Pro
Chipset (the ATI Rage128 Pro Ultra TF). It list all sorts of
combinations like Rage128 Pro SD/DE and other 2 letter combos :) but not
Well I got it to work with the 'vesa' driver, so its slow but working.
Next I got KDE / Gnome / Blackbox packages from apt. I got 'kdm'
first and tried to log on into KDE. Then I said, maybe its kdm, so I
installed and used gdm. Similarly for xdm also. They all used to start
KDE, then go up to the "Detecting Peripherals" phase in the little
startup screen and then the screen used to flash and go back to
xdm/gdm/kdm. I even did the worst by logging in as root to try and see
if it had anything to do with my priveleges, but to no avail.
I checked the logs against a working Sarge machine, there was
nothing radically different in them, except that X used to get killed in
my Woody machine, hence I think it used to dump me back into the login
I've tried installing all known packages with even the work KDE in
them! I've also re-installed the whole machine once. I'd appreciate any
help in this, I couldn't find any bug-reports or mailing list emails
that referenced this problem in particular...
Electrical Engineering Sysop
Brigham Young University - 84602