KDE Won't Start, Gnome, XFCE will

Eric ejazzkatt at gmail.com
Sun Dec 21 19:53:29 UTC 2008

Nigel Henry wrote:
> On Sunday 21 December 2008 16:23, Eric wrote:
>> Nigel Henry wrote:
>>> On Sunday 21 December 2008 13:17, Eric wrote:
>>>> Hi,
>>>> I have Ubuntu 8.10 installed and I assume XFCE was installed when I
>>>> installed Ubuntu. They both start and run fine on my PC. I also
>>>> installed KDE. KDE will not start. I have booted into a terminal even
>>>> and tried to get it to start from there. I get an error that says
>>>> "Nvidia OpenGL driver requires CPUs with SSE to run." This seems strange
>>>> to me since Gnome and XFCE will run.
>>>> Mandriva One which uses KDE 4.1 will also run on this same computer.
>>>> Any idea what the problem might be or why the Nvidia drivers are ok for
>>>> everything I've tried except KDE on Ubuntu? I would prefer to run KDE.
>>>> Eric
>>> I have both Ubuntu, and Kubuntu 8.10 installed. It could be that you are
>>> missing some KDE components, which may explain why it won't start. I've
>>> just fires up Kubuntu, and there is a list of my installed KDE packages
>>> below.
>>> kdebase-bin
>>> kdebase-data
>>> kdebase-plasma
>>> kdebase-runtime
>>> kdebase-runtime-bin-kde4
>>> kdebase-runtime-data
>>> kdebase-runtime-data-common
>>> kdebase-workspace-bin
>>> kdebase-workspace-data
>>> kdebase-workspace-libs4+5
>>> kdebluetooth
>>> kdegraphics-strigi-plugins
>>> kde-icons-oxygen
>>> kdelibs4c2a
>>> kdelibs5
>>> kdelibs5-data
>>> kdelibs-bin
>>> kdelibs-data
>>> kdemultimedia-kio-plugins
>>> kdepassword
>>> kdepim-kresources
>>> kdepimlibs5
>>> kdepimlibs-data
>>> kdepim-strigi-plugins
>>> kdepim-wizards
>>> kdeplasma-addons
>>> kdeplasma-addons-data
>>> kdeplasma-addons-libs4
>>> kde-printer-applet
>>> kdesudo
>>> kde-window-manager
>>> kde-zeroconf
>>> kdf
>>> kdm       (may not need that, as you have gdm as display manager)
>>> All the best.
>>> Nigel.
>> Thanks Nigel. I'll check to see if I have this stuff installed.
>> Eric
> I had stopped scrolling down on Synaptic, when I hit send, and now see a bunch 
> more packages. Most are individual KDE apps, but I also see the following.
> kubuntu-artwork-usplash
> kubuntu-default-settings
> kubuntu-desktop
> Bear in mind that this is on my Kubuntu 8.10 install, and I havn't tried 
> installing KDE on the Ubuntu 8.10, as I want to leave it as original as 
> possible, for the odd times that I try to help out with sound related 
> problems.
> I'll have to fire up Ubuntu 8.10, and see if the same KDE packages are 
> available as I listed above, including the first lot I posted.

I had tried to run Miro and it would open and then immediately close. 
When I ran it from the command line it gave me the same error I 
mentioned above,"Nvidia Open GL driver requires CPUs with SSE to run"

I uninstalled the Nvidia drivers when I saw that. KDE now boots. I 
haven't tried Gnome or XFCE or Miro yet.

I still thinks it's interesting that Gnome and XFCE would run while KDE 


> All the best.
> Nigel.

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