Using Gnome ...

Alejandro Imass ait at
Tue Jan 17 15:58:24 UTC 2012

On Tue, Jan 17, 2012 at 10:17 AM, David Walker <davidianwalker at> wrote:
> A colleague and I were talking about operating systems and I said, hey


> If I reboot I get a message to the console that gdm is starting but it
> goes to a console login.

Sounds like a video problem. It usually works right away but it seems
that the video mode and or video driver are not being able to start
the X server and then GDM which will eventually load Gnome when you
pass the credentials screen.

The GDM start script is in /usr/local/etc/rc.d/gdm

You can try:

/usr/local/etc/rc.d/gdm restart

and see.

> Is there anything else I need to do?

Absolutely. Get an idea of your hardware by using pciconf -l or -lv to
get the details on your hw

Also make sure you have HAL, etc, Take a look at:

And make sure you have followed all steps. Look at the logs (/var/log
) and see if you can spot the specific error message so we can be of
more help here...


Alejandro Imass

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