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Can you start a terminal while in KDE and then, while in that terminal, enter an "su -" command to switch to your root user?
Actually, not using X as root is probably a good thing. The root user is powerful, but is also presents a lot of risk to your system. In most cases, I am able to run any program from KDE and when a specific program requires root privileges, it prompts for the root password.
If you are wanting to access root directories and files, you can open File Manager as Super User.
START>APPLICATIONS>FILE TOOLS>FILE MANAGER-SUPER USER MODE. <password>
In my case this allows me access to my /mnt/windows hard drive too.
SU is simply the command to switch user. By default it switches to the root user. It simply means all commands after logging in as root are executed with the root user's privilages, until you exit/logout. Linux and X will run perfectly fine with another user on the system at once, it's designed to.