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I have a computer that cannot get to the window manager setup. It freezes after X starts, but before the KDE config starts. The mouse works, but nothing else. I ...
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    X freezes on startup before window manager


    I have a computer that cannot get to the window manager setup. It freezes after X starts, but before the KDE config starts. The mouse works, but nothing else.

    I am able to Ctrl-Alt-F1 to a commandline sesion. I checked the X log files -- not clues. While in the X session, Ctrl-Alt-Backspace will restart the X session, but it will stall again.

    This is a fresh install of Mandrake 10.1 on a Dell Optiplex gx50. This distro has successfully installed on two other same boxes.

    I have confirmed the X settings via drakeconf.

    I am seeking guidance on what to check next.

    Thanks in advance.

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    You mentionned checking the X log files... so no errors there?
    Code:
    cat /var/log/Xorg.0.log | grep EE
    And what about your login manager log file?

    For example, GDM log file :
    Code:
    cat /var/log/gdm/\:0.log
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    There is one error in the Xorg log:
    Failed to load module ... libglx.a

    This is about 33% if the way into the log file.

    There are no files in the /var/log/gdm folder.

    But then, the graphical user login screen never comes up (sorry I did not mention that before). The X "spash screen" (blue with "Mandrake 10.1") comes up -- the background to GDM -- but no GDM.

    Where should I look to ensure that GDM is being invoked?

    I checked the services at boot time with drakeconf -- GDM is not listed as a service.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ricardomireles
    I checked the services at boot time with drakeconf -- GDM is not listed as a service.
    Probably you are using KDM.


    Ok then check out more about that "glx" error :
    Code:
    cat /var/log/Xorg.0.log | grep -i glx
    And what is your graphic card model?

    Perhaps X cannot find your "libglx.so" library.

    Find it yourself
    Code:
    locate libglx
    and make it point to the right location with a symlink.
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