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Old 10-16-2005, 08:40 AM   #1
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Mandriva 2006 - Graphics/Display crazy in KDE

Hey, I upgraded a 2005 LE installation to 2006. The upgrade succeeded and it boots and runs, but once the KDE starts, the graphics are CRAZY--icons are off-color, appear at one spot on the screen, and then move once if the app (like the control center) starts to fade them. I noticed that it changed the display manager to xdm from mdkkdm, so I changed that back, but no luck.

Note that the graphics on the boot sequence (and the KDE boot sequence) are fine--it's once the desktop appears in KDE that it gets nuts. It doesn't seem to have anything to do with the monitor resolution. HELP!!
Old 10-17-2005, 03:47 AM   #2
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That's likely the issue with the new X server. One thing that probably helps is to set back to 16 bit color mode if you're on 24. Otherwise you have to wait until Mandriva releases a fix. that should happen soon since you're not the only one with this issue.
Old 10-17-2005, 09:58 AM   #3
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Maybe it's leftover kde settings from your 2005LE that the new KDE can't cope with? After backing-up your $HOME/.kde you might try wiping .kde and relogging in to see if they're rebuilt properly? (I thought there'd be an /etc/skel/.kde but there isn't on my box so I guess you just wipe it to rebuild it??)
Old 10-17-2005, 05:03 PM   #4
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I considered that it was the upgrade that was causing problems, so I did a fresh installation and have the same problem. I then changed the default color depth in xorg.conf as dexter11 suggested and it fixed the icon display problem I originally reported (thanks!). However, when KDE starts, KDesktop throws the following error dialog twice:

The process for the file protocol died unexpectedly.

Any ideas what is causing that? Thanks!

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Old 10-17-2005, 06:26 PM   #5
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Interesting--I was following some other links about Mandriva 2006 and came across this post:

I followed the advice in about checking the APIC options in the bootloader and the KDesktop error has gone away.
Old 10-26-2005, 07:22 AM   #6
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Had to sign up to put in my $.02:

I had the same problem: icons didn't line up with their text labels, icon colours went all screwy.
I initially thought it was because I had old stuff in ~/.kde, but renaming the folder to .kde.bak didn't help.

I solved it by removing the line,

VideoMem 16384

from /etc/X11/xorg.conf, Device section.


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