Hi all. Been using CentOS for a few releases now, but this is the first time with a problem I can't overcome...
I'm attempting to setup VNC in way that emulates our other OpenSUSE installs - where you can connect to servername:1 and be presented with a graphical login screen. From there, you login and have a full desktop session.
I followed some steps from this site (very easy):http://blog.sumostyle.net/robg/?p=82&cpage=1#comment-72
... and it worked like a charm. I get the graphical login screen, I can login, I can open terminal, some apps, move windows around, no problem. But, here's the problem: SOME windows refuse to appear.
For example, if I try to open "Add/Remove Software", it first prompts me for the root password, but then all I get is a "busy" mouse cursor and an entry on the task bar at the bottom that says "Starting Add/Remove Software" for about 5 seconds and then it dies off. The same thing happens for "Software Updater" and for almost EVERY entry under the SYSTEM>ADMINISTRATION menu. Which, basically means I can't change any settings via the GUI, which is kind-of the point! =)
I can't find any logging that helps me diagnose this, the windows just never appear. The behavior is the same whether I login as a user or root from the login screen (but, obviously, the root user doesn't prompt me for the password prior to running the apps). I've tried lots of different tweaks on the configs mentioned in the link above, but nothing makes any difference.
Can anyone help here?
Edit: Version is CentOS 5.4 x86_64
I performed a yum update + reboot, no changes.