gnome install: stuck

Adam Vande More amvandemore at
Mon Mar 8 07:08:59 UTC 2010

On Mon, Mar 8, 2010 at 12:46 AM, n dhert <ndhertbsd at> wrote:

> Laptop with Freebsd 8.0, with gnome installed and
> gdm_enable="YES"
> gnome_enable="YES"
> in /etc/rc.conf, no changes to /etc/ttys (that is: ttyv8 ... xdm off)
> After reboot, system starts in gnome, gives a greenish background,
> a taskbar at the bottom, with only date/time, a button for 'Universal
> access preferences'  and an icon for the battery.
> In the desktop a grey window with 2 buttons labeled 'Restart' and
> 'Shutdown'.
> Clicking either of them makes them be blueish for the time the mouse
> button in pressed, but nothing happens.
> I am stuck in Gnome. Why and how to solve it ?
> (I can only do Ctrl-Alt-F1 to get to the command prompt, but even that
> I have to do twice: the first time it gives a flickering almost entirely
> black
> screen with at the top some half line of flickering ascii characters (can't
> read), doing a Ctrl-Alt-F9 (back to gnome) and again Ctrl-Alt-F1 gives me a
> stable login: prompt.)
Sounds like you are in GDM, not gnome.  There's probably a login button
somewhere, you need to authenticate with the system then you'll be logged
into the desktop.  Also, it's just Alt-F9 to return to the graphical
display, ctrl not needed there.

Adam Vande More

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