Originally Posted by jmite
I'm currently running kubunutu Intrepid KDE 4 under VirtualBox. I accidentally turned on desktop effects, which are way to much for a virtual machine to handle. Now, KDE won't load at all.
I have a DSL live-cd I'm going to use for rescue. What I need to know is, how can I turn off the desktop effects (i.e. explode, desktop snow) through cli, or by editing files? Is it possible, or should I just reinstiall?
Reinstalling is only a way to fix the things on the OS from the company whose leader said the phrase that you have on your signature (MS, Gates).
So, dive on ~/.kde. At most, if you can't fix it, you will need to remove the kwin related config files and reconfigure your window manager only.
You don't need a livecd, by the way. Just boot on runlevel 1. If your boot menu doesn't give you that option, if you use grub you can edit the kernel boot line and add a "1" to it, and it will boot on runlevel 1.