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I'm new to this forum and semi-new to Linux overall and was hoping I could get a little bit of help. Last night, I installed Fedora Core 5 on my machine at home. All went well and I was up and running rather quickly.
I installed both KDE and Gnome, but intended to use KDE, as it's my preferred environment. After using KDE for a while, I issued a Telinit 3 command to basically kill X and then a Telinit 5 command to bring it back up. (I was installing Macromedia Flash and it said I needed to exit the GUI)
Ever since then, KDE freezes at "Loading the Desktop" and never makes it fully into KDE. CTRL+ALT+Backspace brings me back to the graphical login window, and Gnome is fully functional and works fine, but for the life of me, I can't figure out how to get KDE to work again.
I renamed .kde in my home directory so that KDE would create a new settings folder, which it did, but it still hung up at "Loading the Desktop."
Any help or suggestions on getting KDE back up and running would be greatly appreciated.
Please bear with me, as I'm a bit of a n00b....haha.
try moving ~/.kde/share/config/kdedrc to some backup location, and then start KDE. KDE preserves sessions when you log off in that file, and it may be trying to load something that it can't for some reason. For some more insight, check ~/.xsession-errors and /var/log/Xorg.0.log. Once you have a successful KDE load, just re-customize your environment, or do a diff on the newly created kdedrc file, and the one you moved, to see what was loading and killing the session.
There's no reason to exit X when installing flash, you just have to exit any running web browser so that part doesn't even make sense.
That said, in your home folder there should be a directory named Desktop. Delete it or rename it as something there may be hanging you up. ~Caution, I have been drinking heavily and this advice may or may not cause your computer to explode.