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AustinMatherne
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2012 1:39 am    Post subject: GNOME Displays Wallpaper and Cursor, But Nothing Else Reply with quote

This is a brand new Gentoo install. startx with xterm and twm works perfectly. My problem is that when I run startx the GNOME wallpaper is displayed along with a working mouse cursor, but nothing else shows up. I've been searching over the past day and I did manage to find some posts from users with similar issues; however, none of their solutions have worked for me.

I ran the following as root:

Code:
emerge gnome
env-update && source /etc/profile
/etc/init.d/dbus start
rc-update add dbus default
gpasswd -a austinmatherne plugdev


I then rebooted and ran the following under my user account:

Code:
echo "exec gnome-session" > ~/.xinitrc
sed -i '1i\export XDG_MENU_PREFIX=gnome-' ~/.xinitrc
startx


Then after it got stuck on the wallpaper I hit Alt+SysRq+k, then Ctrl-Alt-Del to reboot and post the logs.

~/.xinitrc
/etx/X11/xorg.conf
/var/log/Xorg.0.log
/var/log/gdm/:0-greeter.log
/var/log/gdm/:0-slave.log
/var/log/gdm/:0.log
/var/log/dmesg
~/.xsession-errors does not exist.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 8:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This sometimes happens to me, too.
Pressing ctrl alt f1, logging in as root and restarting the login manager usually does the trick for me. It doesn't happen very often, though, so if you get it everytime you log in something seems to be wrong, but I don't know what.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 8:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Same with me after upgrading to gnome 3.4...
In my case, re-emerging colord and rebooting solved the problem. Good luck :)
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey AustinMatherne

Are these packages installed?
Code:
[I] x11-apps/xrandr
     Available versions:  1.3.4 1.3.5
     Installed versions:  1.3.5(23:27:41 23/06/12)
     Homepage:            http://xorg.freedesktop.org/
     Description:         primitive command line interface to RandR extension

[I] x11-libs/libXrandr
     Available versions:  1.3.1 1.3.2 (~)1.4.0 {{static-libs}}
     Installed versions:  1.4.0(17:14:16 05/08/12)(-static-libs)
     Homepage:            http://xorg.freedesktop.org/
     Description:         X.Org Xrandr library

[I] x11-proto/randrproto
     Available versions:  1.3.2 (~)1.4.0
     Installed versions:  1.4.0(22:05:12 15/07/12)
     Homepage:            http://xorg.freedesktop.org/
     Description:         X.Org Randr protocol headers

Just cause I see the greeter log complains about the lack of Xrandr.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 7:46 pm    Post subject: Re: GNOME Displays Wallpaper and Cursor, But Nothing Else Reply with quote

AustinMatherne wrote:
This is a brand new Gentoo install. startx with xterm and twm works perfectly. My problem is that when I run startx the GNOME wallpaper is displayed along with a working mouse cursor, but nothing else shows up. I've been searching over the past day and I did manage to find some posts from users with similar issues; however, none of their solutions have worked for me.

I ran the following as root:

Code:
emerge gnome
env-update && source /etc/profile
/etc/init.d/dbus start
rc-update add dbus default
gpasswd -a austinmatherne plugdev


I then rebooted and ran the following under my user account:

Code:
echo "exec gnome-session" > ~/.xinitrc
sed -i '1i\export XDG_MENU_PREFIX=gnome-' ~/.xinitrc
startx


Then after it got stuck on the wallpaper I hit Alt+SysRq+k, then Ctrl-Alt-Del to reboot and post the logs.

~/.xinitrc
/etx/X11/xorg.conf
/var/log/Xorg.0.log
/var/log/gdm/:0-greeter.log
/var/log/gdm/:0-slave.log
/var/log/gdm/:0.log
/var/log/dmesg
~/.xsession-errors does not exist.


When we are talking about Xrandr..

/var/log/Xorg.0.log wrote:

[ 51.957] (WW) NVIDIA: The Composite and Xinerama extensions are both enabled, which
[ 51.957] (WW) NVIDIA: is an unsupported configuration. The driver will continue
[ 51.957] (WW) NVIDIA: to load, but may behave strangely.
[ 51.957] (WW) NVIDIA: Xinerama is enabled, so RandR has likely been disabled by the
[ 51.957] (WW) NVIDIA: X server.


Seems like you are trying to use Xinerama. Is that necessary?

Here is my xorg.conf:
/etc/X11/xorg.conf wrote:

Section "Device"
Identifier "Nvidia Card"
Driver "nvidia"
Option "UseEdidDpi" "False"
Option "DPI" "96 x 96"
EndSection


When I came to think about it, I also have had this behaviour. I was lucky though to have Terminal loaded in the upstart of GNOME. So I ran
Quote:

killall -s KILL gnome-panel
killall -s KILL nautilus


Those two auto-starts when killed. I had to try a few times. The thing was that I had a bad setup for package gvfs, using the gdu-flag.
For a long while I had to reemerge gvfs with USE="-gdu" emerge gvfs:0, alternatively emerge -C gvfs && USE="gdu" emerge gvfs

Just a tip.
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