On Wed, 15 Feb 2012 13:13:20 +0000 leee <leee@...> wrote: > Hi, > > I'm frequently experiencing a problem with kdm-trinity (V3.5.12) appearing to > time out on system start-up. The following two lines are put into my syslog > when this happens: > > kdm: X server startup timeout, terminating > kdm: X server for display :0 can't be started, session disabled > > This is an intermittant problem and doesn't happen every time I start my > system (I'd guess it occurs about 50% of the time). When it does I'm left > with just the basic console. However, all I need to do to get X up and > running is to log in on the console and restart kdm-trinity. > > The system is running Debian Squeeze on amd64 with an nVidia graphics card > using the proprietary nVidia driver. A similar bug seems to be filed against KDM in several distros (usually it's against the KDE4 KDM, but I've found one mention that predates it). The recommended fix is to open up kdmrc and add a line like ServerTimeout=120 to the [X-*-Core] section. I don't know whether or not Trinity will recognize that config option, but it might be worth trying.