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Monday, December 12th 2005, 7:14pm

KDE hangs when restoring previous session

I am currently unable to start KDE under my main userid (root is fine), because it hangs when it gets 33% through restoring the previous session. The cursor still moves in response to mouse movements, but I get no response from the keyboard or mouse clicks, and must reboot every time.

Is there a way to get it to start without restoring the previous session?

(I know how to set this as a preference once KDE is running, but I have to do it from 'outside' a KDE session, since I can't get back in right now.)



Thursday, December 15th 2005, 9:19am

I suppose that you're using an nvidia graphics card. This is a bug I encountered as well...
Instead of loging in graphically, press [ctrl]+[alt]+[f1] in order to access the console login (as root).

There, you open your /etc/X11/xorg.conf file with your favorite editor, look for the line:

Source code

Option     "RenderAccel"     "true"

and set it to false. For me this helped, with the latest nvidia drivers (I now use version 8174) you can set back the option and it works fine, even with transparency.


Thursday, December 15th 2005, 10:33pm

Well, thanks, but no, I don't have an nvidia card, and besides, I've been running KDE successfully for quite some time with my current xorg.conf settings.

Actually, I got a response to the same query on, in which someone suggested that I move or delete the files in my ~/.kde/share/config/sessions directory, which indeed allowed me to restart KDE successfully.

I'm not sure what broke it in the first place, but knowing at least one way to change the session information is useful.

- Bruce