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  1. #1
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    Can't login at XServer Login Window

    Hi,

    after I changed many settings in my XServers configuration - and probably also in the Window Manager configuration - I can no longer log into the Xserver and get to the actual Window Manager desktop ...
    Well, I can log in, but once the login window disappears, the screen stays emtpy for 1 or 2 seconds and then the login window appears again.


    At the Xserver Login window, where I can also choose the Window Manager from a drop-down list, I now only have 3 different options:
    default
    kde
    failsafe

    Before I had many more and I believe there was one called KDE3 and this was the only one that actually worked.

    Does anybody know how I can get back the full list of Window Managers in this drop-down list and especially the KDE3 option?

    BTW: I am using Knoppix 3.3 HD-Installed.

    Thank you in advance,
    TorBu

  2. #2
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    Well for starts why not post your XF86Config-4 file - maybe someone can spot an error. Also, I presume you are using KDM still. KDM has a default directory where it stores files that actually launch your preferred desktop for you. If there's an entry in kdm there's a file for it (probably in /etc/kdm/?). Sorry I'm not more help but I prefer gdm myself.

    As always try man kdm

    Another thing, see if XF86Config-4~ exists. That would be a backup. *HINT*

    Shame on you for not doing:
    cp /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 /etc/X11/XF86Config-4.good
    BEFORE editing that file. Of course you can always boot Knoppix and replace that file with a known working verison. Keep in mind however that it isn't always so easy to replace a file once you change it.

    Have you tried logging in as root as well as user?

  3. #3
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    BTW: My computer is a Toshiba TECRA M1 notebook.
    Ok, here's my XF86Config-4 file:

    **************************************
    Section "ServerLayout"
    Identifier "XFree86 Configured"
    Screen 0 "Screen0" 0 0
    InputDevice "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
    InputDevice "PS/2 Mouse" "CorePointer"
    # Serial Mouse not detected
    # USB Mouse not detected
    EndSection

    Section "ServerFlags"
    Option "AllowMouseOpenFail" "true"

    EndSection

    Section "Files"
    RgbPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/rgb"
    ModulePath "/usr/X11R6/lib/modules"
    FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/misc:unscaled"
    FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/misc"
    FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi:unscaled"
    FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi"
    FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi:unscaled"
    FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi"
    FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/Speedo"
    FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/PEX"
    # Additional fonts: Locale, Gimp, TTF...
    FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/cyrillic"
    # FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/latin2/75dpi"
    # FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/latin2/100dpi"
    # True type and type1 fonts are also handled via xftlib, see /etc/X11/XftConfig!
    FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/Type1"
    FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/ttf/western"
    FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/ttf/decoratives"
    FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/truetype"
    FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/truetype/openoffice"
    FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/truetype/ttf-bitstream-vera"
    FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/latex-ttf-fonts"
    FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/defoma/CID"
    FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/defoma/TrueType"
    EndSection

    Section "Module"
    Load "ddc" # ddc probing of monitor
    Load "GLcore"
    Load "dbe"
    Load "dri"
    Load "extmod"
    Load "glx"
    Load "bitmap" # bitmap-fonts
    Load "speedo"
    Load "type1"
    Load "freetype"
    Load "record"
    EndSection

    Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier "Keyboard0"
    Driver "keyboard"
    Option "CoreKeyboard"
    Option "XkbRules" "xfree86"
    Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
    Option "XkbLayout" "de"
    Option "XkbVariant" "nodeadkeys"
    EndSection

    Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier "Serial Mouse"
    Driver "mouse"
    Option "Protocol" "Microsoft"
    Option "Device" "/dev/ttyS0"
    Option "Emulate3Buttons" "true"
    Option "Emulate3Timeout" "70"
    Option "SendCoreEvents" "true"
    EndSection

    Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier "PS/2 Mouse"
    Driver "mouse"
    Option "Protocol" "auto"
    Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
    Option "Device" "/dev/psaux"
    Option "Emulate3Buttons" "true"
    Option "Emulate3Timeout" "70"
    Option "SendCoreEvents" "true"
    EndSection

    Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier "USB Mouse"
    Driver "mouse"
    Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
    Option "SendCoreEvents" "true"
    Option "Protocol" "IMPS/2"
    Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
    Option "Buttons" "5"
    EndSection

    # Auto-generated by KNOPPIX mkxf86config

    Section "Monitor"
    Identifier "Monitor0"
    Option "DPMS" "true"
    VendorName "TOS"
    ModelName "TOS5082"
    # HorizSync 28.0 - 78.0 # Warning: This may fry very old Monitors
    HorizSync 28-96# Warning: This may fry old Monitors
    VertRefresh 50-75# Very conservative. May flicker.
    # VertRefresh 50.0 - 62.0 # Extreme conservative. Will flicker. TFT default.
    # These are the DDC-probed settings reported by your monitor.
    # 800x600, 72.0Hz; hfreq=48.08, vfreq=72.19
    ModeLine "800x600" 50.00 800 856 976 1040 600 637 643 666 +hsync +vsync
    # 640x480, 75.0Hz; hfreq=37.50, vfreq=75.00
    ModeLine "640x480" 31.50 640 656 720 840 480 481 484 500 -hsync -vsync
    # Extended modelines with GTF timings
    # 640x480 @ 100.00 Hz (GTF) hsync: 50.90 kHz; pclk: 43.16 MHz
    ModeLine "640x480" 43.16 640 680 744 848 480 481 484 509 -HSync +Vsync
    # 768x576 @ 60.00 Hz (GTF) hsync: 35.82 kHz; pclk: 34.96 MHz
    ModeLine "768x576" 34.96 768 792 872 976 576 577 580 597 -HSync +Vsync
    # 768x576 @ 72.00 Hz (GTF) hsync: 43.27 kHz; pclk: 42.93 MHz
    ModeLine "768x576" 42.93 768 800 880 992 576 577 580 601 -HSync +Vsync
    # 768x576 @ 75.00 Hz (GTF) hsync: 45.15 kHz; pclk: 45.51 MHz
    ModeLine "768x576" 45.51 768 808 888 1008 576 577 580 602 -HSync +Vsync
    # 768x576 @ 85.00 Hz (GTF) hsync: 51.42 kHz; pclk: 51.84 MHz
    ModeLine "768x576" 51.84 768 808 888 1008 576 577 580 605 -HSync +Vsync
    # 768x576 @ 100.00 Hz (GTF) hsync: 61.10 kHz; pclk: 62.57 MHz
    ModeLine "768x576" 62.57 768 816 896 1024 576 577 580 611 -HSync +Vsync
    # 800x600 @ 100.00 Hz (GTF) hsync: 63.60 kHz; pclk: 68.18 MHz
    ModeLine "800x600" 68.18 800 848 936 1072 600 601 604 636 -HSync +Vsync
    # 1024x768 @ 100.00 Hz (GTF) hsync: 81.40 kHz; pclk: 113.31 MHz
    ModeLine "1024x768" 113.31 1024 1096 1208 1392 768 769 772 814 -HSync +Vsync
    # 1152x864 @ 60.00 Hz (GTF) hsync: 53.70 kHz; pclk: 81.62 MHz
    ModeLine "1152x864" 81.62 1152 1216 1336 1520 864 865 868 895 -HSync +Vsync
    # 1152x864 @ 85.00 Hz (GTF) hsync: 77.10 kHz; pclk: 119.65 MHz
    ModeLine "1152x864" 119.65 1152 1224 1352 1552 864 865 868 907 -HSync +Vsync
    # 1152x864 @ 100.00 Hz (GTF) hsync: 91.50 kHz; pclk: 143.47 MHz
    ModeLine "1152x864" 143.47 1152 1232 1360 1568 864 865 868 915 -HSync +Vsync
    # 1280x960 @ 72.00 Hz (GTF) hsync: 72.07 kHz; pclk: 124.54 MHz
    ModeLine "1280x960" 124.54 1280 1368 1504 1728 960 961 964 1001 -HSync +Vsync
    # 1280x960 @ 75.00 Hz (GTF) hsync: 75.15 kHz; pclk: 129.86 MHz
    ModeLine "1280x960" 129.86 1280 1368 1504 1728 960 961 964 1002 -HSync +Vsync
    # 1280x960 @ 100.00 Hz (GTF) hsync: 101.70 kHz; pclk: 178.99 MHz
    ModeLine "1280x960" 178.99 1280 1376 1520 1760 960 961 964 1017 -HSync +Vsync
    # 1280x1024 @ 100.00 Hz (GTF) hsync: 108.50 kHz; pclk: 190.96 MHz
    ModeLine "1280x1024" 190.96 1280 1376 1520 1760 1024 1025 1028 1085 -HSync +Vsync
    # 1400x1050 @ 60.00 Hz (GTF) hsync: 65.22 kHz; pclk: 122.61 MHz
    ModeLine "1400x1050" 122.61 1400 1488 1640 1880 1050 1051 1054 1087 -HSync +Vsync
    # 1400x1050 @ 72.00 Hz (GTF) hsync: 78.77 kHz; pclk: 149.34 MHz
    ModeLine "1400x1050" 149.34 1400 1496 1648 1896 1050 1051 1054 1094 -HSync +Vsync
    # 1400x1050 @ 75.00 Hz (GTF) hsync: 82.20 kHz; pclk: 155.85 MHz
    ModeLine "1400x1050" 155.85 1400 1496 1648 1896 1050 1051 1054 1096 -HSync +Vsync
    # 1400x1050 @ 85.00 Hz (GTF) hsync: 93.76 kHz; pclk: 179.26 MHz
    ModeLine "1400x1050" 179.26 1400 1504 1656 1912 1050 1051 1054 1103 -HSync +Vsync
    # 1400x1050 @ 100.00 Hz (GTF) hsync: 111.20 kHz; pclk: 214.39 MHz
    ModeLine "1400x1050" 214.39 1400 1512 1664 1928 1050 1051 1054 1112 -HSync +Vsync
    # 1600x1200 @ 100.00 Hz (GTF) hsync: 127.10 kHz; pclk: 280.64 MHz
    ModeLine "1600x1200" 280.64 1600 1728 1904 2208 1200 1201 1204 1271 -HSync +Vsync
    ModeLine "1024x768/70Hz" 75 1024 1048 1184 1328 768 771 777 806 -HSync -VSync
    EndSection

    Section "Device"
    ### Available Driver options are:-
    # sw_cursor is needed for some ati and radeon cards
    #Option "sw_cursor"
    #Option "hw_cursor"
    #Option "NoAccel"
    #Option "ShowCache"
    #Option "ShadowFB"
    #Option "UseFBDev"
    #Option "Rotate"
    Identifier "Card0"
    # The following line is auto-generated by KNOPPIX mkxf86config
    Driver "fbdev"
    VendorName "Generic"
    BoardName "fbdev"
    # BusID "PCI:1:0:0"
    EndSection

    Section "Screen"
    Identifier "Screen0"
    Device "Card0"
    Monitor "Monitor0"
    DefaultColorDepth 16
    SubSection "Display"
    Depth 1
    Modes "640x480"
    Virtual 0 0
    EndSubSection
    SubSection "Display"
    Depth 4
    Modes "640x480"
    Virtual 0 0
    EndSubSection
    SubSection "Display"
    Depth 8
    Modes "640x480"
    Virtual 0 0
    EndSubSection
    SubSection "Display"
    Depth 15
    Modes "640x480"
    Virtual 0 0
    EndSubSection
    SubSection "Display"
    Depth 16
    Modes "640x480"
    Virtual 0 0
    EndSubSection
    SubSection "Display"
    Depth 24
    Modes "640x480"
    Virtual 0 0
    EndSubSection
    SubSection "Display"
    Depth 32
    Modes "640x480"
    Virtual 0 0
    EndSubSection
    EndSection

    Section "DRI"
    Mode 0666
    EndSection

    Section "InputDevice"

    Identifier "Mouse"

    Option "Protocol" ""
    Option "Device" "/dev/mouse"
    Driver "mouse"
    Option "Emulate3Buttons"
    Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
    EndSection

    **************************************

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