Unable to start up KDE due to hanging with a black desktop and movable mouse cursor.

Phillip Pi ant at zimage.com
Sun Nov 18 21:20:09 GMT 2007

Hi again. 

I tried without a /etc/X11/xorg.conf and then tried no NVIDIA driver
(just VESA). I still got the hang. So it can't be X11 issue. With no
NVIDIA driver, I did the lsof, ps aux, .xsession-errors, and strace
again without NVIDIA:

http://pastey.net/77574 ... Also, see
http://www.kde-forum.org/thread.php?threadid=17919 for other
experimentations and logs as well.

I still don't see anything interesting, but then I am not a 
programmer/developer. :(

Help is welcomed since I am desperate to get KDE working. I hate Gnome!! 
Thanks in advance. :)

On Fri, Nov 16, 2007 at 09:38:16PM -0800, Phillip Pi wrote:
> Hello.
> Yesterday, I exited KDE and X back to console/text mode and restarted it
> (startx) but now I get a hang. I see a black with a mouse cursor
> (movable). I have to use ctrl-alt-backspace to kill X.
> I did some investigations and experiments. I tried making a new shell
> account, ran startx, saw KDE's wizard, skipped it, and it hung again. I
> tried it again and went through the wizard with defaults, and same hang
> after KDE's wizard closed.
> I tried recompiling NVIDIA driver, but that didn't make any differences.
> I tried deleting everything in /tmp and it didn't fix the problem. I
> tried renaming my .kde/ directory to start clean, but that didn't fix it
> either. I tried switching from KDE to Gnome, and Gnome worked without
> any problems. So, it seems like KDE is broken somewhere but I am still
> stomped on why. I think the last time I restarted X was like a few weeks
> ago. I restarted it today because I saw kdelib package upgraded with
> today's apt-get update. I already tried uninstalling it and running
> startx, and still got the hang. I guess KDE doesn't use those files
> during its boot up. I even tried losing my 61 days of uptime and
> rebooting, but that didn't help either.
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