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I start once X server by xorg.conf & xorg.conf.old and try again "startx". Now I have I lost all my bookmarks and other setings. I will first finish that all and wil try to restart computer and will see, then let you know.
I don't known how this is done on Mandriva, maybe startx started your root user X session. Did you have opportunity login as normal user after starting X? If not start X server by login manager, for example in Kubuntu it is done by
If you want to erase everythig from disk, just download CD image, burn it and boot PC from it, during intallation choose installing on whole disk. If not make a backup of important data first. Here you have good installation guide As in Mandriva you probably used KDM, consider installing Kubuntu. I think installation a fresh, newest system is good option, but changing distribution will not magically get rid problems.