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Old 01-18-2004, 04:15 PM   #1
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KDE 3.1 won't start since i tried to apply a new theme

Hi guys,
I have absolutely no idea why i restarted X in the first place but here's the problem:
I was logged in as my standard user when I decided to change the KDE theme. I downloaded a theme, installed it and selected it in the Control Center. After I pressed "Apply" my machine started working like hell. Thinking it would take a few minutes because it's only a 334 mHz machine, I went and grabbed myself a bite to eat. One (!) hour later KDE was still at the same point as when I'd left it. And after I finally managed to enter a login screen as root and typed "top" I saw that kdesktop was at 37.4% CPU. And it stayed that way. Anyway, I ctrl-alt-backspace -ed and thus restarted X and as a result I can't start/login to KDE as that user anymore. kdesplash crashes almost instantly and KDE won't start at all. Is there any way to solve this problem? Or will I just have to create a new user and copy all the data?
Thanks in advance.
Old 01-18-2004, 04:53 PM   #2
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"Is there any way to solve this problem?"

You can rename the /home/user/.kde to something else (say /home/user/grasshopper). Then the next time that you log in as user KDE will act like it did on the first login after you installed. You will have to reconfigure KDE. You can save some time by copying some of your old setting in /home/user/grasshopper to your new /home/user/.kde but be careful because some of the information in /home/user/grasshopper is obviously corrupt.

Creating a new user also will work but it is probably easier to do it by renaming /home/user/.kde

Be prepared. Create a LifeBoat CD.

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Old 01-19-2004, 06:26 AM   #3
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Ok... thanks... I guess that will solve the problem... I was looking around in .kde but the idea of renaming it didnīt come to my mind... thanks again!


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