Force Fedora 17 into Fallback Mode

Under 64 bit Fedora 17, Gnome3 and Cinnamon have been giving me a rough time under VirtualBox 4.1.16 running under 64 bit Windows 7. I was even giving it 128 MiB of video memory and 1 Gib RAM. So when running under VirtualBox, before you ditch the Beefy Miracle for some Asparagus, try this at a prompt:

$ gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.session session-name ‘gnome-fallback’

This keeps Fedora 17 into Gnome fallback mode. You don’t get all the glitz and glory from Gnome3 or Cinnamon, but it works. This is more a less of a note to my self. I got this from at Fedora forums from a slightly old post.

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2 Responses to Force Fedora 17 into Fallback Mode

  1. Aris Green says:

    I did find this: Seems like

    dbus-launch gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.session session-name ‘gnome-fallback’

    is the answer, similar to your response.

  2. Jim Parker says:

    There must be something missing! I tried the above on a newly installed Fedora 17 and after trying to log in I got a pop-up message: “failed to load session ‘gnome-fallback'”. There was no option but to log out. Had to log into a terminal session and do
    $ dbus-launch gsettings reset org.gnome.desktop.session session-name
    to get back to the default gnome session which does at least successfully load.

    So something else must be required for this to work.


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