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I would like to have a console-based login instead of a graphical-based login manager. The current manager is KDM which is a part of the KDE environment in the Debian distribution.

Removing the session manager with update rc.d -f kdm remove got me to a virtual-console based login interface. However, after that I could not start the graphical session either by startx or startkde. Please advice.

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Locate the X.log file under /var/log or similar and include error-lines if any. It may be a simple case of adding your user to the video group or similar to allow the user access to the video device. Previously it was started by init (root). –  Ярослав Рахматуллин Sep 16 '13 at 12:26
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