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 09:09:35 GMT 2007

On Monday 19 November 2007, Phillip Pi wrote:

> $ ping $HOSTNAME
> PING localhost.localdomain ( 56(84) bytes of data.
> 64 bytes from localhost.localdomain ( icmp_seq=1 ttl=64
> time=0.061 ms
> 64 bytes from localhost.localdomain ( icmp_seq=2 ttl=64
> time=0.048 ms
> --- localhost.localdomain ping statistics ---
> 2 packets transmitted, 2 received, 0% packet loss, time 999ms
> rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 0.048/0.054/0.061/0.009 ms


> So yes. And in case you got confused with the list of IP addresses and
> domain names in the log -- it is because I have a hosts file that blocks
> bad sites. I tried removing it and retrying KDE. It made no differences.

No, I got that :)

This was based on the last few lines, where it gets "Connection refused" on a couple of times.

Hmm, can you echo $DISPLAY in startkde right before ksmserver's line?

Another thing you could try is to start just xterm and then run startkde 
inside it, i.e.

startx /usr/bin/xterm

Should start the X server and just xterm as the only window. You'll need to 
move the mouse cursor over the window to allow keyboard input.


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