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Old 10-18-2003, 12:35 AM   #1
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Graphical Desktops doesn't load

Hi hi,

I'm a user who just switched to Mandrake 7.2 from Windows (ah bless the penguins). Unfortunately 2nd day around I encountered a little problem. I think it must have been because I accidently clicked on the "kill" icon (I was running KDE) and then clicked on the taskbar and of course it dissapeared. Thinking that logging out and back in would solve the problem, I did that (but I selected Gnome at login this time, which I never used before). Unfortunately now none of the desktops after login would load any further than the blue blackground and the mouse pointer.

I wonder if there's any way to undo it? And what exactly happened?

Thanks, please exucse the newbie question. :|
Old 10-18-2003, 12:39 AM   #2
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try @ the prompt

Old 10-18-2003, 01:35 AM   #3
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Hmm, that only takes me to the login page, which is the page directly before the problem. :|

Funny thing is, only that user account is messed up. The root account is okay.
Old 10-18-2003, 06:45 AM   #4
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If you run your system as a normal user, you can't mess up anything of your system except your own personal /home/... directory. all settings are stored inside that directory too. that's a good thing to know. (therefore don't run as root, because you can mess up everything!) Every user account doesn't interfere with the settings on another one.

The KDE taskbar is called "kicker", but I'm confused why it doesn't restore. Perhaps it is still running, because the "X-kill" only terminates the connection to the display (and an application should close itself)

* Open a console window. (for example, Alt+F2, type "konsole")
* Check if the kicker is still running: type ps auxf | grep kicker. It wil select kicker from your running processes.
* Type kill <process id> to kill the program. The process id is the second field in the kicker line that just appeared at your screen.
* Press the up-arrow and 'return' again to execute the command for a second time; just to check if it's really been killed. It's killed if you see "No such process" at the screen.
* If the program didn't respond to the terminate-signal, you can ask the kernel to remove the program: kill -9 <process id>

* Type "kicker" to start your KDE taskbar.

Last edited by yapp; 10-18-2003 at 06:48 AM.


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