Setup: My PC is connected to my HDTV via DVI to HDMI on the set. Because it is connected that way it does not react like a monitor does power-wise (i.e., I have to shut it off when I shut down PC and turn it on when I turn on PC). I know this from my TV's manual that I would have to be connected via d-sub to have it behave like a monitor - that is fine, I keep the digital because the picture seems better to me.
Today I turned on PC and got distracted and did not turn on the TV so PC was on for awhile before I got back to it. I turned on the monitor and shook the mouse to wake it up as screen saver was on (spacetux
well, instead of getting my desktop I got a black screen, BUT there was my gkrellm monitor. No wallpaper, no taskbar, nothing but gkrellm. Ctrl-alt-del brought up the usual KDE shutdown menu and on reboot all was OK.
Anybody seen anything like that? X was certainly going, KDE was actually going and there was gkrellm on top but - hmmm, I don't know about the lack of wallpaper, desktop and taskbar.