Raspberry Pi Taskbar (xpanel) flashes grey for non Pi User

My recent attempts to build new RPI builds have had issues with XWindows (startx).

startx works OK for the pi user; however, if I build a new user and attempt startx, the Taskbar/xpanel simply flashes gray.

This occurs when I generate a system from Raspian May-5-2015, but it does not when I generate a system from Raspian Sept-09-2014. The xpanel was changed between those dates and the more recent is failing for me.

I have spent hours trying to track down how to fix this problem w/ no luck. Some others have reported this problem. The solution has been to copy ~/.config from /etc, but that hasn’t worked either.

My only solution has been to build systems from the Sep-09-2014 and apt-get upgrade to bring it up to date.

Sep 2015 Update:

Per Lox and Nerdicwalker, below, the problem is the new user is not assigned to the audio group and can be remedied by this

sudo usermod -a -G audio <your_user>

 

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5 Responses to Raspberry Pi Taskbar (xpanel) flashes grey for non Pi User

  1. LoX says:

    Maybe a solution here :
    https://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=112680

    This command :
    sudo usermod -a -G audio your_user
    worked for me.

  2. Peter Barsznica says:

    Try adding dtparam=audio=on to /boot/config.txt
    by fzinken [https://discourse.osmc.tv/t/alsa-doesnt-work-after-last-update/10600]

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