KDM doesn't want to start KDE

Rick Miles frmrick at aapt.net.au
Sat Sep 8 21:01:57 BST 2007

On Sat, 8 Sep 2007 10:37:29 pm Stepan Yakovenko wrote:
> Hello!
> Would you be so kind to help me with KDM? I have no problems with
> running KDE via startx, but I can't start working using KDM. KDM
> starts, I input my login and password, I get a black screen for a few
> seconds (something seems to be loading) but after that KDM restarts
> and asks me for password again. How can I fix that?
> I attach my /var/log/kdm.log for your convenience.
> Thank you in advance.
> Stepan Yakovenko.

Look at the section of your log below. The are several lines wit errors 
starting with module r128 not being detected. This is required for ATI Rage 
128 based video cards. I suspect that your /etc/X11/xorg.conf is not correct 
or if it is you are missing the module r128.o.

I'd start with that. 

Markers: (--) probed, (**) from config file, (==) default setting,
	(++) from command line, (!!) notice, (II) informational,
	(WW) warning, (EE) error, (NI) not implemented, (??) unknown.
(==) Log file: "/var/log/Xorg.0.log", Time: Sat Sep  8 19:31:37 2007
(==) Using config file: "/etc/X11/xorg.conf"
(EE) R128(0): No DFP detected
FATAL: Module r128 not found.
[drm] failed to load kernel module "r128"
(EE) R128(0): [dri] DRIScreenInit failed.  Disabling DRI.
(EE) AIGLX: Screen 0 is not DRI capable
error opening security policy file /etc/X11/xserver/SecurityPolicy
    xkb_keycodes             { include "xfree86+aliases(qwerty)" };
    xkb_types                { include "complete" };
    xkb_compatibility        { include "complete" };
    xkb_symbols              { 
include "pc(pc105)+us+ru:2+group(alt_shift_toggle)" };
    xkb_geometry             { include "pc(pc105)" };
Link points to "/var/tmp/kdecache-root"


Rick Miles

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