> Thanks for your help. Unfortunately, it did not solve my problem - perhaps
> since I am on a standalone computer. Upon killing xdm and choosing to exit X,
> I ended up at the thatch grey screen that comes up before the login prompt or
> the actual X environment. From there all I could do is turn off the computer.
> I am not too worried about improper shutdowns yet, since this current
> installation is for learning purposes mainly (but would rather not have those
> problems, of course).