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Ok, so i am fiddling with my mandrake. and i notice thse stupid progs i don't need (stupid to me maybe not to others)
fax, now i ain't going to fax anyone so yoink, i removed them. using the rpmdrake thingy.
now i shut down so i can get the install guide to alsa drivers for my snd card. and install guide to my agp nvida card (sorry spelt wrong)
(i installed somthing fp_linux_ws.rpm, no idea what it was : oX anyone know where i could find it and find out what it is?)
and well after removing all the useless apps etc that i don't need i tell linux to restart, so i can go into windoze and get on the net (waiting for my new modem for linux at mo)
and well i get this problem i had before, i just get a blue screen with the curser as an X
so i feel ok i'll get make a cuppa and hopefully i'll be booted over.
no such luck. so i hit the power button. boot into linux to make sure everything is fine. and boy what a surprise same old problem.
i jump into verbose mode i like watchin the text : oP
it states it want to do a system integrity check soi do it. then it boots and no nice looking window. nope "welcome to localhost" on this horrid white thing.
so i log in as me, icewm theme can't change it. utterly horrid desktop imho
i can't shut down so hmm.
i logout and login as root
even worst desktop not sure what. i change it and its like just a gestures menu now.
so i open a consol and type the shutdown command when i got it right. it never shut down. so i hit the power button again. still same old white window. so how do i sort this problem last time i just reinstalled and i that can't be the correct way to do this.
o and i was on kde-look.org or somthing and i got a few themes that looked o so nice. but... followed instal steps. and still no damn idea how to use the new themes : o(
(anyone wanna tell me, and what the hell is kdm!)
sorry for this long badly formatted text.
anyways thanx for any help, if you can help stupid badly formated post meh!"
No idea on your upper problems though. Not that I really understand what you were oding or what happened.
Anyway, installing themes in KDE is easy. Just download the theme you want. It should come in theme.tar.gz format or similar. Copy it in a directory somewhere (it doesn't matter which, just aslong as you know where to find it).
Run KDE control center from your K menu. Navigate to Themes or Styles (am not in Linux right now, so this is from my head).
There is a button install new theme, and click that and select the file you downloaded. The theme should appear in your themes list.
As for KDM, it is a window manager, like XDM or GDM (of gnome). It's the thing that gives you a graphical login screen and loads the desktop you prefer (KDE, GNOME, fluxbox...)
what i was doing was removing packages with rpmdrake that i would now use.
then i tried to reboot so i could into windows to get the install guides to drivers.
unfortunatly linux started to shut down but stayed on the blue screen, so lil progress bar nothing, didn't disappear after time.
so i hit my power button, and when i booted back into linux i had a sort of Dos window style. all pixelly and horrid, (if you ever used the floppyboot partiton magic you'll know what i mean)
and i have no idea how to fix this other than reinstalling my whole system. but i feel there has to be a better way. i have reinstalled linux way to much.
i changed a hd in windows that was dump area for all my various apps etc.
into dump + a fat32 area so win and linux can read/write so i can access files easily.
linux broke when that happened some ext2 not there or somthing, didn't know what to do so i just reinstalled.
so instead of taking the really easy way out. i want to learn the proper way to repair it, because in time i am going to have a full program base on linux and be using it instead of windows (need win for college : o() so reinstalling would mean another reinstall session of programs. and meh to much effort to do that everytime i mess up.
ok still no idea how to install a theme i went and looked at what u said i think, i couldn't find anything i am using mandrake 10.1 and i want to use this theme: Theme
any help would be taken most greatfully
o and  i was in configure desktop > behaviour of device icons i tried to remove some. and then the window would close when i clicked apply. and i would reopen the menu and the changes i had made had been disgarded. anyway around this?[/edit]
Where did you download the theme from? The link you posted? There are instructions on how to install the theme on that page. The text says there is an install script in the package. So just unpack the theme package using tar -zxvf filename (for tar.gz files) or tar -xvjf filename (for tar.bz2 files).
Navigate to the directory it just crated (probably named after the theme or after the filename you downloaded. The install script is probably install.sh.
So once in the directory where the package extracted, run ./install.sh
If you don't get any errors then you r theme should be installed.
ah thank you so much, hopefully i will be on linux online by end of today so i can then start updating etc : o)
rwar! sorry just a lil excited, i love linux so far, so much more logical, compaired to windows. cleaner, sleaker, not bloated. the list goes on!
well wasn't able to get online peng/pengaol/penggy all failed for me.
but i saw an aol user on mandrake 10.1's siggy somewhere
and he instructed me to install
wine,winetools,cedega, aol communicator, netscape or IE
so i got all (netscape not IE)
and will boot over install and see how that goes.
also as for the theme issue, found the problem. the site cuts the download off after x amount of time,sort of a 56k killer program, so i was always being stoped at about 200-350kb i got a friend to download it in the end, and send it me over msn, and luckerly that worked fine. so i now have all the files needed to install the theme : o)