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Old 12-17-2003, 12:51 AM   #1
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Don't know where to start


I installed MDK 9.2 "Discovery" a month ago and thought I was moving along ok. Installed Opera, realplayer and Gnome. Then I started having login problems with Gnome. The error I got was this:" Could not look up internet address for ispwest. This will prevent Gnome from operating correctly. It may be possible to correct the problem by adding ispwest to the file "/etc/hosts", "login anyway-try again". So I've been communicating with MDK EXPERT trying to solve this and all they're interested in is how I got Gnome on "Discovery". "Not supported". Isp west is my isp. I was told to write my isp in /etc/hosts but it wouldn't save. Then another "expert told me to redo my connection with the connection wizard. Now is where everything went to shit. While I was there I set up the firewall. I can no longer log in except under "root". I cannot get on the internet at all. Error message: "The following installation problem was detected while trying to start KDE: no write access to '/home/ray/.ICEauthority'. KDE is unable to start". I tried to reinstall by upgrading but that didn't work. I don't know how to uninstall it and don't know if I can reinstall over the top of it. So, if anyone can help me PLEASE make it brutally basic. P.S. When I try to log in other than in root it just goes around in a circle, login, err, login, err, login.

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Old 12-17-2003, 01:19 AM   #2
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Being a newbie, I'm not sure my answer will be best or even sufficient, but what I've done in this type of situation is to take everything I've downloaded (just the .tar.gz, etc. files) and mv them to /home and reinstall the entire OS, making sure to mount /home but not format it. That way you don't lose all of your time (and bandwidth/throughput) you have invested in downloading Opera and the rest. I hate to think how many times I've downloaded Firebird.

anyway, just my .02

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Old 12-17-2003, 01:29 AM   #3
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How do you move to home and did you install over the top of existing?
 
Old 12-17-2003, 01:42 AM   #4
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su

When you couldn't save to /etc/hosts, where you just logged in as a regular user? I would think you would need root permissions to write to that directory. You could have typed, "su" at a prompt, gotten root permissions, and then edited /etc/hosts using your favorite editor. If you log in as root, you can change the permissions for the directory /home/ray by using the command chmod. Take a look at it by entering "man chmod" at a prompt. I think you could type "chmod a+w /home/ray" to ensure you have write permissions to that directory. Again, compare that with what you see when you are presented with the information from "man chmod" (q to quit all that info, space bar/arrow keys to scroll through it). Hope this helps, or that someone else can help you. The other advice, to reinstall while preserving your previous work, is worth thinking about also. Yes, you can reinstall using the installation CD.
 
Old 12-17-2003, 02:45 AM   #5
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I did try to write to it as root. But I've got bigger problems now. I was able to get back on the internet by disabling the firewall, even though I had no boxes checked. Anyway here's the errors now: "The following installation problem was detected while trying to start KDE: no write access to '/home/ray/.ICEauthority'. KDE is unable to start". And: DCOP communications error-There was an error setting up inter-process communications for KDE. The message returned by the system was: Could not read network connection list. /home/ray/.DCOP server_ispwest.com_0. Please check that the "dcopserver" program is running!". Balls!
 
Old 12-17-2003, 10:09 AM   #6
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chmod?

Again, using chmod as root, you should be able to render /home/ray/.ICEauthority writeable. Beyond that, I'm just keeping your post on the recent list, hoping someone else will chime in.
 
Old 12-17-2003, 01:30 PM   #7
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Thanks.
 
Old 12-17-2003, 07:01 PM   #8
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well, i'm not familiar with your distribution but if you have the disks or even if you dont you should be able to burn them... With redhat u just pop in the disk and the rest is pretty easy, not sure about your distribution though...
 
Old 12-18-2003, 12:04 AM   #9
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I reinstalled it and got it going again. Lost everything, but the end result was what mattered. Thanks for the replies.
 
  


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