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

Kevin Krammer kevin.krammer at gmx.at
Mon Nov 19 07:24:45 GMT 2007

On Sunday 18 November 2007, Phillip Pi wrote:
> 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.

Probably a sound system issue. I think ksmserver starts knotify which accesses 
aRts which in turn tries to access the sound device. If this doesn't work it 
might hang.

Can you run KDE applications in a different session type, e.g. GNOME?
If yes, can you run kcontrol and see if it helps your KDE session if you 
deactivate the sound system?


Kevin Krammer, KDE developer, xdg-utils developer
KDE user support, developer mentoring
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