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Thread: [2018.4/KDE] Login screen fails to launch GUI. Stuck in text mode

  1. #1
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    [2018.4/KDE] Login screen fails to launch GUI. Stuck in text mode

    Hi All,

    I've managed to install KALI 2018.4/KDE into a GPT/UEFI
    partition table setup on a ThinkPad X1 2GEN.

    Everything installs normally without error or complication.
    When I boot the machine the usual select OS screen displays
    but after that, the GUI login screen doesn't execute and I'm
    looking at a text based login screen.

    Just to make it more interesting, if I leave the machine for a
    few minutes, it lauches the GUI without any intervention or
    half way through logging in the text log-in.

    I've updated the all the software but with no change.
    Is this likely to be a bug or an I missing something?

    Code:
    For reference purposes (install procedure Lenovo Carbon X1 2nd Gen that worked for me):
    
    1)  Enter into BIOS to, reset BIOS to default
    1b) RESTART -> OS Optimised Defaults select [ENABLED]
    1c) RESTART -> Load Setup Defaults [RETURN KEY] select [YES]
    1d) RESTART -> Exit Saving Changes select [YES]
    1e) System will restart...
    
    2)  Enter into BIOS to, change BIOS to accept other operating systems
    2b) SECURITY -> Secure Boot -> Secure Boot [RETURN KEY] select [DISABLE]
    2c) Press the [ESC] key once to get to the main menu
    2d) STARTUP -> UEFI/Legacy Boot select [BOTH]
    2e) STARTUP -> UEFI/Legacy Boot Priority selected automatically [LEGACY FIRST]
    2f) STARTUP -> CSM Support selected automatically [YES]
    2g) RESTART -> Exit Saving Changes select [YES]
    2h) System will restart...
    
    3)  Format disk / create partition table type GPT
    3*) You will need to create a bootable flash drive from gparted.org
    3*) Hint, dd if=/path/to/source/file.iso of=/dev/sdb
    3b) Delete all partitions. [RIGHT CLICK] mouse/pad or menu Partition -> Delete
    3c) Create GPT partition for entire device:
    3c) DEVICE -> Create Partition Table -> select GPT -> [APPLY Button]
    3d) Exit and select [SHUTDOWN] option.
    3e) Remove gparted flash drive...
    
    4)  Enter into BIOS to, change BIOS into UEFI mode
    4b) STARTUP -> UEFI/Legacy Boot select [UEFI ONLY]
    4c) STARTUP -> CSM Support select [NO]
    4d) RESTART -> Exit Saving Changes select [YES]
    4e) System will restart -> shutdown ...
    
    5)  Insert KALI flash drive and start your system...
    5*) You will need to create a bootable flash drive from kali.org
    5*) Hint: dd if=/path/to/source/file.iso of=/dev/sdb
    5a) Hint: ... Force UEFI Installation? select [YES]
    5b) Hint: ... First partition should be EFI System Partition
    5c) Create a new partition on your storage device...
    5d) Hint: select USE AS
    5e) Hint: select EFI System Partition
    5f) Hint: select Done Setting up the partition
    5g) Create additional partitions as required...
    5h) Continue installing KALI as normal...
    5i) Restart when finished...

  2. #2
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    I had a similar issue.
    From login to gui it could take up to 5.5 minutes!
    I found if I continually and vigorously move the mouse pointer around the screen, login to gui was faster.
    No 'real' solution yet.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    2014-Apr
    Posts
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    Yeah, takes a long time for me too for the GUI to finally launch.
    Really have got to pay more attention to quality control at Kali.

    Created an issue on the bug tracking site:
    https://bugs.kali.org/view.php?id=5090

  4. #4
    Join Date
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    Posts
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    Quote Originally Posted by ASGR View Post
    Hi All,

    I've managed to install KALI 2018.4/KDE into a GPT/UEFI
    partition table setup on a ThinkPad X1 2GEN.

    Everything installs normally without error or complication.
    When I boot the machine the usual select OS screen displays
    but after that, the GUI login screen doesn't execute and I'm
    looking at a text based login screen.

    Just to make it more interesting, if I leave the machine for a
    few minutes, it lauches the GUI without any intervention or
    half way through logging in the text log-in.

    I've updated the all the software but with no change.
    Is this likely to be a bug or an I missing something?

    Code:
    For reference purposes (install procedure Lenovo Carbon X1 2nd Gen that worked for me):
    
    1)  Enter into BIOS to, reset BIOS to default
    1b) RESTART -> OS Optimised Defaults select [ENABLED]
    1c) RESTART -> Load Setup Defaults [RETURN KEY] select [YES]
    1d) RESTART -> Exit Saving Changes select [YES]
    1e) System will restart...
    
    2)  Enter into BIOS to, change BIOS to accept other operating systems
    2b) SECURITY -> Secure Boot -> Secure Boot [RETURN KEY] select [DISABLE]
    2c) Press the [ESC] key once to get to the main menu
    2d) STARTUP -> UEFI/Legacy Boot select [BOTH]
    2e) STARTUP -> UEFI/Legacy Boot Priority selected automatically [LEGACY FIRST]
    2f) STARTUP -> CSM Support selected automatically [YES]
    2g) RESTART -> Exit Saving Changes select [YES]
    2h) System will restart...
    
    3)  Format disk / create partition table type GPT
    3*) You will need to create a bootable flash drive from gparted.org
    3*) Hint, dd if=/path/to/source/file.iso of=/dev/sdb
    3b) Delete all partitions. [RIGHT CLICK] mouse/pad or menu Partition -> Delete
    3c) Create GPT partition for entire device:
    3c) DEVICE -> Create Partition Table -> select GPT -> [APPLY Button]
    3d) Exit and select [SHUTDOWN] option.
    3e) Remove gparted flash drive...
    
    4)  Enter into BIOS to, change BIOS into UEFI mode
    4b) STARTUP -> UEFI/Legacy Boot select [UEFI ONLY]
    4c) STARTUP -> CSM Support select [NO]
    4d) RESTART -> Exit Saving Changes select [YES]
    4e) System will restart -> shutdown ...
    
    5)  Insert KALI flash drive and start your system...
    5*) You will need to create a bootable flash drive from kali.org
    5*) Hint: dd if=/path/to/source/file.iso of=/dev/sdb
    5a) Hint: ... Force UEFI Installation? select [YES]
    5b) Hint: ... First partition should be EFI System Partition
    5c) Create a new partition on your storage device...
    5d) Hint: select USE AS
    5e) Hint: select EFI System Partition
    5f) Hint: select Done Setting up the partition
    5g) Create additional partitions as required...
    5h) Continue installing KALI as normal...
    5i) Restart when finished...
    Can you please post a photo of your text based screen?

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