This did the trick.  Nautilus was running.  Thanks!

Stephen Cuppett

I can start HAL, but is there something else that should be stopped?  
Is there a quick-list of commands to get this *right*?  Should they be 
on that wiki page?
I believe it has something to do with nautilus being active (KDE 
restores it at every session). After logging in to KDE, try "ps aux" and 
if nautilus (or some other suspicious gnome thing) is running, kill it. 
Everything should be normal next time you log in.