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Old 10-22-2003, 12:54 PM   #1
gavinc
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Where is Mandrake control centre??


I have tried 3 differnt types of Linux installation and have ditched each one because I cannot get to grips with even the miost basic tasks. I have just installed Mandrake 9.1 and the system logs me in to the KDE desktop automatically. But there is nothing on the desktop that seems to work. I double click to bring up a window that looks like it will give me access to the Desktop config which is where I want to go and i get the following error:

Unable to run the command specified. The file or directory file:/usr/share/applnk-mdk/Configuration/Mandrake Control Center.desktop does not exist.
I need to access the desktop config because it is set icons and text way to small to read and I need to adjust it.
I right clicked on the desktop to find a menu which offered Configure DEsktop as an option but clicking on this does nothing at all.

PLease help a very frustrated newbie who wants to get Linux to work but is being defeated at every turn.
 
Old 10-22-2003, 01:15 PM   #2
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Have you got a kicker icon (looks like a K on top of a cog) on your panel (what in Windows would be called the taskbar)?

If so, click that and you should get your kicker menu. This is like the start menu in Windows.

The Mandrake Control Centre is located under "Administer your system".
 
Old 10-22-2003, 01:25 PM   #3
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or you can open up a console (Konsole should have an icon on your panel) and type 'mcc' that should do it.
 
Old 10-22-2003, 02:25 PM   #4
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Thanks for the advise but I still cant find the Control Centre.
From the Kicker I get:
Bookmarks
Quick Browser
Run Command
Lock Screen
Logout

I cant find Console under any of these options.
As for typing mmc at the Konsole. There is no Konsole on the taskbar so I tried opening a termibna;l window and typing mmc but it just sais not found.!
 
Old 10-22-2003, 02:27 PM   #5
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try mcc rather than mmc

I don't remember where it is so you can also try:

/usr/bin/mcc

or /usr/sbin/mcc

or /sbin/mcc

(shot in the dark)
 
Old 10-22-2003, 02:27 PM   #6
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Oops, I realised it was mcc not mmc . Now I found it

Thanks again.
 
Old 10-22-2003, 03:43 PM   #7
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Your kicker menu sounds very sparse. I had a problem similar to the way yours sounds, and it turned out to be file ownerships that was the problem.

Could you do an "ls -la" in your home directory and paste the output here?
 
Old 10-23-2003, 08:10 AM   #8
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Yes I cant find much at all on the KIcker menu. NO sign of Mozilla or anything else much.
Here is the result of the ls -la

drwxr-xr-x 9 roger roger 4096 Oct 23 14:52 ./
drwxr-xr-x 3 root root 4096 Oct 22 19:13 ../
-rw------- 1 roger roger 16 Oct 22 21:30 .bash_history
-rw-r--r-- 1 roger roger 24 Oct 22 19:13 .bash_logout
-rw-r--r-- 1 roger roger 191 Oct 22 19:13 .bash_profile
-rw-r--r-- 1 roger roger 124 Oct 22 19:13 .bashrc
-rw-rw-r-- 1 roger roger 56 Oct 23 14:52 .DCOPserver_localhost__0
lrwxrwxrwx 1 roger roger 36 Oct 23 14:52 .DCOPserver_localhost_:0 -> /home/roger/.DCOPserver_localhost__0
-rw-rw-r-- 1 roger roger 12 Oct 22 19:18 .desktop
drwxrwxr-x 3 roger roger 4096 Oct 22 22:22 Desktop/
drwxr-xr-x 2 roger roger 4096 Oct 22 19:18 Documents/
-rw-rw-r-- 1 roger roger 0 Oct 22 19:15 .drakfw
-rw-rw-r-- 1 roger roger 400 Oct 22 19:16 .fonts.cache-1
drwxr-xr-x 2 roger roger 4096 Oct 22 19:18 .gnome2/
-rw-rw-r-- 1 roger roger 119 Oct 22 19:17 .gtkrc
-rw-rw-r-- 1 roger roger 124 Oct 22 19:17 .gtkrc-2.0
-rw------- 1 roger roger 195 Oct 23 14:52 .ICEauthority
drwxr-xr-x 4 roger roger 4096 Oct 22 19:18 .kde/
-rw-r--r-- 1 roger roger 141 Oct 22 19:13 .mailcap
drwxr-xr-x 2 roger roger 4096 Oct 22 19:18 .mcop/
drwxrwxr-x 2 roger roger 4096 Oct 22 19:18 .qt/
drwx------ 2 roger roger 4096 Oct 22 19:13 tmp/
-rw-rw-r-- 1 roger roger 4 Oct 22 21:30 .wmrc
-rw------- 1 roger roger 103 Oct 23 14:52 .Xauthority
-rw------- 1 roger roger 1711 Oct 23 14:54 .xsession-errors


Havent a clue what any of this means but if you can suggest a way I can get back some applications on the menu Id apprecoiate it. Also just aboput everything I do try and run from Kicker seems to crash and presents me with an error message or just the taskbar dissapears and I cant get it back.
 
Old 10-23-2003, 10:48 AM   #9
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Well, so long as your username is "roger" that all seems in order. When I had a similar problem to yours, it turned out that all the files in my home directory had been given to a user id other than my own. I had to go in as root and chown all the files back to myself. But that doesn't seem to be your problem.

I don't know what's going wrong with you. What's it like if you log into Gnome or Enlightenment?
 
  


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