[kde-linux] 'End Session' problem

Anne Wilson cannewilson at googlemail.com
Fri Feb 8 18:55:20 UTC 2008

On Friday 08 February 2008 17:32:26 M K wrote:
> > On my laptop I am unable to 'End Session'.  I suspect that this is caused
> > by something left over from a previous install, but so far haven't been
> > able to find it.  I can shut down cleanly and also reboot cleanly, but if
> > I 'End Session' I see about 1 second of normal activity, then the screen
> > flashes and is replaced by a black screen with a cursor in the top
> > left-hand corner. There is considerable disk activity for about 5
> > seconds, then nothing.  There it hangs until I touch the power button, at
> > which time it begins a shutdown routine.
> >
> > It looks as though the shutdown is expecting to have to deal with a
> > service that it can't find.  I used to start with a previously saved
> > session, but it is now set to start with an empty session.  I'm really
> > stuck for ideas to check.
> >
> > Anne
> Looks like the same problem I have with KDE... no, not KDE any more, now it
> seems to be X itself. In my earlier mails I wrote about KDE crashing on
> logout (bugzilla.novell.com, bug 336627) and told that after the crash
> there's sometimes only a black screen with mouse pointer on it, forever
> until a reboot - ctrl+alt+backspace and init 3, init 5 do not help. So i
> thought this was a consequence of the bug - but of course, I was wrong :)
> Now, after patching the KDE bug, after a logout X STILL sporadically
> doesn't return to the login screen, but stays with a black screen and mouse
> cursor - at least, now I can restart X with 'init 3; init 5' and don't have
> to reboot (ctrl+alt+backspace still doesn't work). Now I don't know if it's
> a configuration error or a problem with NVIDIA drivers (or something else).
> Anybody a clue? (pleease!)
> Max
> P.S. Oh yeah, this time there's nothing in the Xorg.#.log or
> .xsession-errors - they both have exactly the same entries as when the
> logout runs normally.
Hmm - this is a laptop with an ATi Mobility Radeon X600.  I wonder if it 
really is an X problem.  All the same, if it is, why doesn't it affect 
shutting down or rebooting?  You've given me food for thought, but I'm not 
absolutely convinced.

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