SOLVED: Gnome broke

David Berg drberg1000 at
Sat Nov 4 21:39:58 UTC 2006

On 11/4/06, David Berg <drberg1000 at> wrote:
> I shut my computer off this morning to get data off an old hard drive.
>  When I put the usual one back in it booted as usual, but I couldn't
> log into gnome.  When I tried it would just display a blank screen
> then after half a minute or so a blank, white text box in the upper
> left corner of the screen.

Apparently patience is something I need to work on.  Letting the
system take a little more time to log in I found that the white text
box was an error that would be displayed after something timedout.
Here is the text of that error:

------Start Error Message-------
There was an error starting the GNOME Settings Daemon.

Some things, such as themes, sounds, or background settings may not
work correctly.

The last error message was:

Did not receive a reply. Possible causes include: the remote
application did not send a reply, the message bus security policy
blocked the reply, the reply timeout expired, or the network
connection was broken.

GNOME will still try to restart the Settings Daemon next time you log in.

---------End Error Message--------

The word security jumped out at me reminding me of a new firewall
script that i put in yesterday.  Apparently it was a little too
strict.  Clearing the rules solved the problem.

Hope someone can learn from my folly.


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