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Old 03-01-2005, 06:13 PM   #1
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Weird KDE problem - Konqueror will not start on Mandrake 10.1

Hopefully, this is the correct forum for this. I'm a newbie.

I am running Mandrake 10.1 (brand new distribution). After I setup a user, I login and try to double-click on the "Home" icon. It comes up in the task-bar and the hour-glass spins for a while and about a minute later, it disappears, but nothing shows up.

If I do a ps aux I see:
ppk 7084 0.0 1.7 22448 9064 ? S 15:50 0:00 kdeinit: kfmclient openProfile filemanagement

Also, nothing shows up if I type "kfmclient openProfile filemanagement" in a console window, but I get the following error:

bash-2.05b$ kfmclient openProfile filemanagement
DCOPReply<>: cast to 'QCString' error

Thanks in advance for your help.
Old 03-01-2005, 08:30 PM   #2
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I've had the same problem with Mandrake 10.1. It seems to be only that distro that does this, but I found that whenever I try to open Konqueror or a text file, it did that, and then out of the blue popped up much later. It's taken as long as an hour for it to show up. I switched back to Slackware in the middle of working on this problem, but here's what I started with....

Check kernel configuration (for read/write capability), file associations (such as Kaboodle being directed as "kaboodle %i %m -caption "%c" %U" instead of just "kaboodle"), and your user groups/permissions.

Something else you may want to try is changing the filesystem, which would consist of a fresh install. Change the format to ext2 or ext3. I would suggest ext3. Seeing as how I changed back to Slackware after reformatting, I wouldn't know how that one works out.

If these don't work, perhaps somebody else on the forum might be able to help.

Old 03-07-2005, 02:52 AM   #3
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Okay, more details on this problem. It seems to be related to my USB CompactFlash reader. I re-installed the system from DVD-ROM and if I don't have a CF card in the reader, everything seems to go fine and I don't have this error. However, I my compact flash reader no longer has an entry in fstab and it doesn't seem to work anymore.

If I re-install the system with this card installed, then I have this symptom of the "kfmclient openProfile filemanagement" hanging.

Since, I would like my CompactFlash reader and my KDE Home icon to work, I tried to do more diagnosing. There is nothing in the /var/log/messages file, but there is an entry in my .xsession-errors file:

kdecore (KAction): WARNING: KActionCollection::KActionCollection( QObject *parent, const char *name, KInstance *instance )
X Error: BadWindow (invalid Window parameter) 3
Major opcode: 20
Minor opcode: 0
Resource id: 0x1c01a86
ALSA lib pcm_hw.c:549snd_pcm_hw_start) SNDRV_PCM_IOCTL_START failed: Broken pipe
DCOP aborting while waiting for answer from 'kded'
DCOP aborting while waiting for answer from 'konqueror-10187'

Hopefully, this helps?
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Make sure you have installed the Mandrake 10.1 updates: search this site for "easy urpmi" for instructions.

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My sig has the EasyUrpmi link....


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