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Old 02-26-2004, 09:19 AM   #1
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Unhappy Lost Konqueror, desktop config, other functions

After installing Mandrake 9.2 on an old laptop (partioning the hd) things were looking up. Initially had problem with wireless card for networking (Dlink DWL-650+) but solved that by removing and installing a 3com 3c589 and direct connect to my router. Network came up immediately and was able to logon to internet with no problem (cable connection). Konqueror was working fine. Initialized Samba and fiddled with printer definitions. Was able to see all three other devices on my home network but could not open shared files. At that point, I noted that several functions were no longer listed in the KDE start applications icon stack. I have looked in Mandrake forum and found one listing that resembled my problem. The recommended fix for that item was "Remove the ~/.kde and ~/.pt from your home directory. This should remove all the customizatiions you have made to the kde environment."

After finding the home directory (I'm a real newbie), I discovered that the referenced files were not present.

I have tried to reinstall over the current installation but was unable to complete due to error codes.

Very frustrated right now. Many hours tied up to no avail.

My reviews of postings in this forum indicates that this problem is not unique to 9.2.

Any suggestions as to how I can recover these missing apps/functions?
Old 02-26-2004, 12:24 PM   #2
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This advice may come a little late but it's good to know.
The two directories ~/.kde and ~/.pt are in fact hidden from normal view. This is true of all files and directories which start with a <dot>. They usually contain your settings and other configuration type stuff. There is usually one for just about every application you use.
To make them viewable:
In Konqueror click on the View menu and select Show Hidden Files.
On the command line add the all switch to the ls command i.e.
ls -a
(that's LS in lower case)
You should now be able to locate those directories.
Like I said this may be too late. Have you still got a working system?

I have a similar problem. After installing an application I left disc one of the Mandrake 9.2 install cd-rom in the drive and rebooted. Before I could stop it I was into a fresh install. I was able to quit out of the install and I don't think any changes were made to the configuration but I can't be sure. It was either that or the application install which caused the problem.
Lots of items missing from the K Start menu. Mainly KDE and Mandrake Configuration stuff.

I think I have found a fix.
Open Mandrake Control Center. From the command line type
or from the K Start menu >Configuration >Configure your Computer.
In MCC click on System, then MenuDrake.
Choose System Menu from the box.
Then from the File menu >Reload System Menu. Fixed!

I hope this works for you too.
Old 02-26-2004, 01:05 PM   #3
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I really appreciate ALL the info you provided. I was not aware of the hidden characteristic you described. That ought to help in the future!

I did find a solution in the forum that was posted back in November (do you know how many posts there are between now and then!!)
Essentially it is the same as the one you proposed except it is a command line entry of "update-menus". Works fine.

The big issue with my problem was the lack of any menu icons that related to configuration, etc....I didn't even have Konsole, just Telenet but with the latter I could get to the shell. Same function, just diff name.

Again, thanks for the help. I was very timely. Now all I have to do is remember all that I have learned....Hard to do at my age.


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