Atlantic-Aurora wrote:OK, I can start gnome-panel on a user by user basis by configuring and adding a gnome-panel.desktop file, (in which the critical line is "Exec=gnome-desktop %u), in each ~/.config/autostart folder. But how would I do this for all users irrespectively? Where in the /etc folder should this file go?
But that has not solved the main problem that the keyboard is still not working at the gdm login screen. Ideas, anyone?
I can't offer any new ideas as yet, but thought perhaps you may not feel so isolated if someone reported they are also experiencing the same symptoms.
Our laptop has four users so we rather need the 'greeter' screen to select user and then supply the password.
As a temporary work around we boot in recovery mode and modify /etc/gdm/custom.conf as the following :-
AutomaticLoginEnable=true (for multi user login this would be set to 'false')
AutomaticLogin=username (user name of whomever needs to login at that time)
Then issue command 'service gdm start'.
This gets the nominated user into their desktop environment with everything working perfectly.
No, the above is not pretty and is more than a little clumsy especially when you have several people all wishing to access their email !!
If who ever is currently logged in leaves the laptop for a period of time so that the screen saver has kicked in they must enter their password to continue. Interestingly, the entry of a password on this screen is fine. However if they were to logout so another family member can login we are back to the 'greeter' screen and a not being able to enter a password.
Like you I have trolled through various log files looking for something suspicious.
We pulled in some xserver-xorg updates on the 14/2 but we already had the problem. Can't see anything prior to this that would have done the damage.
Have found the odd post in a couple of forums we people are reporting problems with the 'greeter' window after they switched from auto login to a password login.
We have never used the auto login feature. (Until we needed to as a work around)
Didn't go as far as reinstalling gdm, but have copied objects related to gdm-greeter-login-window-ui from the Mint 11 live cd to our laptop but this hasn't helped.
I'll post back with anything useful. Really hoping we don't have to reinstall !!