kdm not starting up -- sometimes

Derek Broughton news at pointerstop.ca
Wed Sep 19 16:37:23 UTC 2007

Dr. Sharukh K. R. Pavri. wrote:

> I am using kubuntu feisty and I am encountering two problems.
> 1. When booting up, right after the grub prompt and the message saying:
> starting ...
> the screen goes blank. Boot up will only proceed if I press alt-F1. I have
> found this key combo purely by luck :).
> 2. Nine times out of ten, the screen goes blank right after the messages
> say reading /etc/rc.local.
> Nothing works at this moment. There is no response to any key press. I
> must use the reset switch. The kdm screeen comes up definitely the next
> time.
> This behaviour has started after a fortnight or so after the initial
> install.

Are you certain it has hung?  Sometimes there can be a long (~5 minutes)
wait here if networking is configured poorly.

What happens if you modify the boot options to include "nosplash" and
exclude "quiet".  Do you see more messages?

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