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KDE 4.8.4 (MEPIS 12) BSOD limbo for one user only

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KDE 4.8.4 (MEPIS 12) BSOD limbo for one user only

#1 Post by eemaestro » Tue Sep 15, 2015 3:36 pm

I ran into a major snafu with KDE, my main graphical user interface. The last three times I logged out as my main user, using Leave....Log out, from my desktop, I got the Black Screen of Death (BSOD)--the screen completely black except for a moveable mouse cursor.

So I logged in as a different user. And logged back out. Login dialog box appeared normal. Logged back in, then back out as this different user. Everything in KDE worked fine.

Also, the last couple times I shut the computer down as my main user using KDE....Leave....Shut down, the computer never shut off, just switched to the BSOD. When the computer is in BSOD mode, my only options are to power it off or reboot using <Alt><SysRq>REISUB.

Any ideas what might have gone haywire for this user? Or how to reset whatever screwed up?

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Re: KDE 4.8.4 (MEPIS 12) BSOD limbo for one user only

#2 Post by lucky9 » Wed Sep 16, 2015 5:25 am

What video driver/chipset are you using? Sounds like something has messed with the configuration file that controls that.
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Re: KDE 4.8.4 (MEPIS 12) BSOD limbo for one user only

#3 Post by eemaestro » Wed Sep 16, 2015 11:00 am

I have to enter my username and password every time I visit this forum. I checked the Log in automatically each visit checkbox, but it doesn't work. Weird. Could that be a different manifestation of the same problem?

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# lshw 
    mepis1
    description: Desktop Computer
    product: MS-7721 (To be filled by O.E.M.)
    vendor: MSI
    version: 1.0
    serial: To be filled by O.E.M.
    width: 64 bits
    capabilities: smbios-2.7 dmi-2.7 vsyscall32
    configuration: boot=normal chassis=desktop family=To be filled by O.E.M. sku=To be filled by O.E.M. uuid=00000000-0000-0000-0000-448A5B2ADB38
  *-core
       description: Motherboard
       product: FM2-A75MA-E35 (MS-7721)
       vendor: MSI
       physical id: 0
       version: 1.0
       serial: To be filled by O.E.M.
       slot: To be filled by O.E.M.
     *-firmware
          description: BIOS
          vendor: American Megatrends Inc.
          physical id: 0
          version: V2.2
          date: 07/15/2013
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          capabilities: pci upgrade shadowing cdboot bootselect socketedrom edd int13floppy1200 int13floppy720 int13floppy2880 int5printscreen int9keyboard int14serial int17printer acpi usb biosbootspecification uefi
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             product: Trinity [Radeon HD 7560D]
             vendor: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI
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             version: 00
             width: 32 bits
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             configuration: driver=radeon latency=0
             resources: irq:60 memory:c0000000-cfffffff ioport:f000(size=256) memory:feb00000-feb3ffff
        *-multimedia
REMAINDER TRUNCATED

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Re: KDE 4.8.4 (MEPIS 12) BSOD limbo for one user only

#4 Post by eemaestro » Wed Sep 16, 2015 3:09 pm

lucky9 wrote:What video driver/chipset are you using? Sounds like something has messed with the configuration file that controls that.
I downloaded, installed, and ran google-earth from the web. Not from any repo. Maybe that mucked with the video config. file(s) ?
Everything else is working fine, though. Just when I log out or shut down, I often get the BSOD. Not always. But more often than not lately.

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Re: KDE 4.8.4 (MEPIS 12) BSOD limbo for one user only

#5 Post by eemaestro » Thu Sep 17, 2015 9:59 pm

I decided to copy my files over to another user account. So I rebooted and logged in as the other user. Unfortunately, after I modified the workspace settings of that other user, and then logged out, I soon discovered that that user account has the same problem--logging out goes straight into the BSOD. Now I'm not sure what to do. This is disgusting. I need to find another operating system.

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Re: KDE 4.8.4 (MEPIS 12) BSOD limbo for one user only

#6 Post by lucky9 » Fri Sep 18, 2015 2:05 am

Is this Mepis 12 (beta 2, 11.9.x)?

If so then I'd suggest that you try the Mepis User Assistant to repair your User settings. ie: Reset the KDE and Group settings for that User. You will have to redo most of your customizations in KDE. If this works you can then do the same for the other User you have setup.

Or you can boot your User into init 3 and login as root and run sgfxi. You may have to run sgfxi twice to get to the KDE Desktop. I'd probably try this one first.
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Re: KDE 4.8.4 (MEPIS 12) BSOD limbo for one user only

#7 Post by eemaestro » Fri Sep 18, 2015 12:02 pm

lucky9 wrote:Is this Mepis 12 (beta 2, 11.9.x)?
Yes, lucky9, it's beta.

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$ uname -a
Linux mepis1 3.9-1-mepis64 #1 SMP MEPIS 3.9.8-1 x86_64 GNU/Linux
$ cat /proc/version
Linux version 3.9-1-mepis64 (debian-kernel@lists.debian.org) (gcc version 4.7.2 (Debian 4.7.2-5) ) #1 SMP MEPIS 3.9.8-1
lucky9 wrote: If so then I'd suggest that you try the Mepis User Assistant to repair your User settings. ie: Reset the KDE and Group settings for that User. You will have to redo most of your customizations in KDE. If this works you can then do the same for the other User you have setup.
Did you mean Mepis System Assistant or KUser? I already tried System Settings.
lucky9 wrote: Or you can boot your User into init 3 and login as root and run sgfxi. You may have to run sgfxi twice to get to the KDE Desktop. I'd probably try this one first.
man, which, apt-cache search, all return nothing for sgfxi (and for sgfx1). Where would I find sgfxi? Should I back up my user files before using it?

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Re: KDE 4.8.4 (MEPIS 12) BSOD limbo for one user only

#8 Post by kmathern » Fri Sep 18, 2015 12:53 pm

lucky9 wrote:...If so then I'd suggest that you try the Mepis User Assistant to repair your User settings. ie: Reset the KDE and Group settings for that User. You will have to redo most of your customizations in KDE. If this works you can then do the same for the other User you have setup. ...
Warren never got around to creating a M12 version of the "Mepis User Assistant" package (mepis-user).

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Re: KDE 4.8.4 (MEPIS 12) BSOD limbo for one user only

#9 Post by Jerry3904 » Fri Sep 18, 2015 1:22 pm

Where would I find sgfxi?
See the Mepis Wiki:

http://www.mepis.org/docs/en/index.php?title=Sgfxi
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Re: KDE 4.8.4 (MEPIS 12) BSOD limbo for one user only

#10 Post by Jerry3904 » Fri Sep 18, 2015 1:36 pm

Warren never got around to creating a M12 version of the "Mepis User Assistant" package (mepis-user).
Could MX User Manager be backported for M12 users?
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