I was running the sawfish/gnome desktop on a PII dual processor with an ATI
Rage 128 video card -- custom 7.1 install with both gnome and kde installed.
Suddenly, the screen flashed black and after a few more screen flashes I
was back in the gdm login.
Checkin /var/log/messages, I found the message:
Apr 18 03:05:41 chaos gnome-name-server: input condition is: 0x11,
This has happened more than a few times for me but I do not see anything
consistant about it.
Do you have anything in ~/.xsession-errors after this happens? (But before
logging in again.)
I will have to wait until it happens again to take a look. This is not a bug I
can cause to happen on demand.
I have had this exact same problem a number of times (same log message in
/var/log/messages). I cannot reproduce it at will. It is unpredictable.
I am also using an "ATI Technologies Inc 3D Rage Pro AGP 1X/2X".
Bug 39233 ( http://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=39233 ) sounds
very similar to this one.
For now, I have changed my init to start up in run level 3 instead of 5. Then I
login and use 'startx'. I will see if it crashes anymore.
Using 'startx' instead of 'gdm' did not solve the problem. So, I ran
'Xconfigurator --preferxf3'. I have not had any problems since.
Perhaps there is a bug in the 4.x Xfree driver for ATI cards.
Apparently a duplicate of 39233. I think the gnome-name-server stuff is just
the name server getting killed when X crashes.
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 39233 ***