There are a couple of times that Novell has gone awry, and re-installs will not solve the trick. I have isolated these events into a few kinds. These issues are of the Windows XP variety.

  1. Problem: Novell window does not prompt upon computer start-up with windows login set to automatically login (autologin, generally accessed via command ‘control userpasswords2’). Removing Windows autologin settings brings back the Novell login prompt.
    Fix: Ensure registry key AutoAdminQueryNDS is set correctly. It is located at HKLM\Software\Novell\Login of type DWORD. Setting it to 1 will cause Novell to prompt the login box in this scenario.
  2. Problem: The windows style login occurs first, then the Novell login comes up. Re-installation has no effect.
    Fix: Ensure the HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon ‘GinaDLL’ key is set to NWGINA.DLL. If set to MSGINA.DLL it is using Microsoft’s default login.
  3. Problem: No Novell prompt, whatsoever.
    Fix: HKLM\Software\Novell\NWGINA ‘PassiveMode’ may be set to ‘1’. Setting to ‘0’ (zero) ensures that Novell is no longer passive.

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