[Bug 340251] [NEW] kwin + plasma crash at kde 4.2.1 startup

James james.ellis at gmail.com
Mon Mar 9 23:43:19 UTC 2009

Public bug reported:

I've updated KDE to 4.2.1 and immediately KDE fails to start. I get the
"Ubuntu failsafe x dialog" and end up manully editing X config to get a
half usable desktop.

I think it may be related to this bug:

but it still occurs after updates to the latest 4.2.1 packages.

The crash occurs using both the nvidia 177 and 180.11 drivers (via ubuntu repo). If I alter X conf to use the "nv" driver and comment the NVIDIA options I can get a KDM greeter login, which allows me to log in as normal. Once logged in plasma crashes (see backtrace attached).
Alt+F2 works so I can start konsole and step through the X config enabling the various NVIDIA options until I can get a usable desktop (testing via Ctrl_alt_backspace restarts).
Unfortunately, once I get a usable desktop on shutdown and restart the system goes back to square one and I have to do the same process over again.

$ uname -r

KDE 4.2.1
Nvidia 8400M GPU
Kubuntu 8.10 / KDE 4.2.1 
Dual monitor : 1280x800 notebook + 1680x1050 DFP using Twinview via NVIDIA driver.

sudo lspci -v
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation GeForce 8400M GS (rev a1)
        Subsystem: Dell Device 0209                                            
        Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 16                      
        Memory at fd000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16M]               
        Memory at e0000000 (64-bit, prefetchable) [size=256M]                  
        Memory at fa000000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=32M]               
        I/O ports at ef00 [size=128]                                           
        [virtual] Expansion ROM at fc000000 [disabled] [size=128K]             
        Capabilities: [60] Power Management version 2                          
        Capabilities: [68] Message Signalled Interrupts: Mask- 64bit+ Queue=0/0 Enable-
        Capabilities: [78] Express Endpoint, MSI 00                                    
        Capabilities: [100] Virtual Channel <?>                                        
        Capabilities: [128] Power Budgeting <?>                                        
        Capabilities: [600] Vendor Specific Information <?>                            
        Kernel driver in use: nvidia                                                   
        Kernel modules: nvidiafb, nvidia    

CurrentPalette=Oxygen Colors

Height 1050=691
Height 800=618
Height 960=618
Width 1280=952
Width 1680=780

[Open-with settings]
History=firefox %u

System Settings_Volume=1
.kde/share/config/systemsettingsrc (END)

aseigo mentions that this is fixed in 4.2.2 and 4.3 (if it is the same
bug ) - is it possible that this can be backported to 4.2.1 and kubuntu
packages ?

Finally, just as  a sidenote this is the 3rd KDE update out of 3 that
has left my laptop as an expensive space heater. It's getting a bit
frustrating & expensive spending hours debugging and researching what
look to me to be pretty obvious bugs (i.e a system that doesn't start
up). The system isn't using any non-standard packages either.


** Affects: kdebase-workspace (Ubuntu)
     Importance: Undecided
         Status: New

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