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Master Geek


# 169766 25-Mar-2015 09:01
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I have seen versions of this problem before, but no solution to my specific problem.

When I set this PI up, I installed imagemagick, weewx and a pile of other stuff. Yes it's for (yet) a(nother) weather station with webcams. All worked fine, rebooted tidily and all that. Then I installed vncserver and that worked too.

Now (post vnc install) I get a white screen with a login/password menu. I am offered <Default Xsession>, <LDXE>,<Openbox> - whatever they are. I can get past it by selecting LDXE and putting in root/<my root password> which takes me to a root desktop. This solution was arrived at by brute force testing :-)

Removing vnc (sudo apt-get remove --purge vncserver) does not fix it.

I also tried running raspi-config to confirm my desire that the thing should boot to a default user desktop .... no joy

The machine is running and I can get into it with PuTTy, WinSCP and VNC. All the crons etc are going. I want to use this device in a headless remote situation, so this is a loose end that I need to wrap up. I would really really really like this screen to go away.

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Ultimate Geek


  # 1267376 25-Mar-2015 10:31
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You do not state what VNC you installed but the OP (moallen) in the link above encountered same problem as you when he installed TightVNCServer. 

Seems x11vnc does not have the same problems.   Find post "by moallen » Fri Jan 04, 2013 3:12 am". 

Also two posts down "by michaelpgc » Sat Feb 02, 2013 12:49 am" for a solution to remove the white screen (after uninstalling TightVNCServer) without having to re-flash the RPi.

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Master Geek


  # 1267391 25-Mar-2015 10:46
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Many thanks.  Get rid of ~.Xauthority did the trick

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