[arch-general] GDM Locked

karl captainhaggy at i2pmail.org
Tue Oct 19 04:56:59 EDT 2010

On 06:51 Tue 19 Oct     , Guillermo Leira wrote:
> > After the last Pacman -Syu, I can't login with gdm. As soon as I clikc on my
> > username, the system seems to freeze... Although not completely: I can ping
> > from other computer, but I can't ssh.
> > 
> > Before I click on the username, the "switch off" icon at the right down corner
> > works. Once I click on the username, nothing else works, and I neither can
> > ctrl-alt-F1 to the console...
> > 
> > Any suggestions/questions?
> I have removed GDM and installed SLIM. Now I can login, but the screen shows nothing... And if I try to CTRL-ALT-F1 to the console, the system locks again. It is not a GDM problem.
> If I run startx from the command line, X starts.
> Any advice?
> Best regards,
> Guillermo

Hi Guillermo,

try and make yourself a new user. If that one can work with the X-part of your system - then some rights in your local $HOME directory are broken (.xinitrc 
would be a candidate for this kind of weird behaviour, but also .ICEauthority or .Xauthority).
If of cause the new user account does have the same problems, your /etx/X11 or worse might have wrong user rights.
Have also a look i a file called .xerrors, .xsession-errors  - or something like that (can't remember the correct name anymore), there could be some hints in 
it, if it does exist, what your problem is.

Best regards,


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