I have tried KDE for one month now. Sometimes when I turn on my Inspiron 8100 and log in (using KDE the only one I have installed) the panel (lower task bar) won't come up. If I logout and reboot (I have grafical login mode ie 5 instead of 3) still comes up without the panel. The only work arround is a shutdown (from the grafical window ie logout-> shutdown). After I do the shutdown everything works fine. My kernel says 2.4.7-10 on a i 686. Something very similar happened when I had Gnome but eventually some files were corrupted and I decided to go with KDE (re installation solution). I read in some place to take "a snapshot" when it works fine then another snapshot when it doesn't and compare.
1. What is a snapshot?
2. With no panel I can't get a shell or console, what do I do?