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If you can't find another way, put your install disk in and choose an upgrade/repair. It'll give you a chance to start it all over. Your home directory shouldn't be touched (although the .kde configs may remain unchanged)
I've had a similar dilemma and I can't seem to be able to find a config file that specifies the KDE desktop behaviour. DOES ANYONE ELSE KNOW?????????? I'll keep looking for the answer too, as I plan to install KDE on the Gentoo box I'm playing with (once I figure out GRUB and 2 hard drives...)
BTW, if you had another windowmanager as a choice, you could likely access your files and progs fine (I suggest Windowmaker as an alternative - the menus seem to keep up well with KDE and Gnome changes without your intervention usually and it's light and fast, with the advantage of being appealing to the eye and logical to use - and easier to man-handle than IceWM). Gnome's another good idea, but that means that you'll have 2 multi-MB desktop environments on your computer at the same time. Up to you; they get along quite well.
Could you describe in a bit more detail what actually is hosed? What IS happening? What ISN'T happening? Can you get to the desktop? Is it the menu? Are you stuck at the login and can't get farther? What distribution is it on? <----oops - must be MANDY.
Last edited by vectordrake; 01-08-2004 at 05:26 PM.
I just messed around too much with the menu, so it doesnt have the right programs on it, and i can access any of my configureation stuff, i would like to just start all over with a fresh GUI..... but, how would i install GNOME? (i think i uninstalled it after i got KDE up)... and if i installed Gnome, could i unistall KDE?
Yes, you can. Before you do that, though, perhaps you might wanna consider trying to fire up menudrake (you should be able to do that from the "run" box by typing in "menudrake". I am sure that there IS a default setting. When I first installed 9.1, I had a bit of drive space to spare (before the kids knocked the puter over while it was running, killing the Seagate), and I had Gnome, KDE, and IceWM installed so I could try them out (and actually, IceWM should be installed as an alternative for you in the login screen anyways - you can likely use it to remain productive). If I remember correctly (as I'm on the WinXP box right now), there is a choice of setting the menu to the 'task-based' menu, the system admin's choice, and your choice. I am sure that when I did the same thing as you and hosed my menu, I reset it that way. Be sure to click the 'save' buttin and let it save your changes You should then have a spiffy like-new menu, perhaps not listing some of your externally-aquired apps (which you can try to add again, if you want). Good luck. Post progress.