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Ok, so I updated my Kubuntu 10.10 install to 11.04 and now when I log on I land in a consoile instead of getting a GUI - the rest seems to be working fine though.

I'm using a Radeon 4870 with the proprietary drivers (since the open source ones don't seem to allow some fanspeed control which gets annoying) and my xorg.conf has those entries:

Section "ServerLayout" Identifier
"aticonfig Layout" Screen 0 "aticonfig-Screen[0]-0" 0 0 EndSection

Section "Module" EndSection

Section "Monitor" Identifier
"aticonfig-Monitor[0]-0" Option
"VendorName" "ATI Proprietary Driver" Option "ModelName" "Generic Autodetecting Monitor" Option
"DPMS" "true" EndSection

Section "Device" Identifier "aticonfig-Device[0]-0" Driver
"fglrx" BusID "PCI:1:0:0" EndSection

Section "Screen" Identifier "aticonfig-Screen[0]-0" Device
"aticonfig-Device[0]-0" Monitor
"aticonfig-Monitor[0]-0" DefaultDepth 24 SubSection "Display" Viewport
0 0 Depth 24 EndSubSection EndSection

When running sudo startx I only get some error messages, see here

No idea how to solve this problem - actually not even sure what those errors mean - but I'd prefer getting around reinstalling the complete OS for a botched Xserver.


Try running

$ startkde

From the console window. That should start it up at the very least.

Although its a different distro, take a look at these installation guidelines to make sure that KDE will be running properly and start:

KDE - ArchWiki

Looks like your default run level may have changed. Landing on a CLI interface is indicative of being in runlevel 3, you want runlevel 5 (GUI mode).

If you wanted runlevel 5 to be the default, then you need to edit /etc/inittab.

look for "# The default runlevel."

yours probaly says


Change it to



Restart and you should be in runlevel 5 now.

So the solution was quite easy after all. Reconfiguring the xserver or KDE didn't help uninstalling xserv-xorg alone also had no effect. But purging every every xorg and xserver package and completely removing the ati drivers and then installing the newest ati drivers with a new xserv worked fine (apart from the fact that I had to build the ubuntu version of the debs, but oh well seems to work).

So seems like the upgrade process didn't work well with the ati driver and my xserver version - well probably just the ati drivers..

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