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Old 07-18-2005, 10:11 AM   #1
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Freezes at KDE Services Screen


The other day I did a quick Slackware 10.1 installation on my Sony laptop. Everything worked perfectly except for my wireless PCMCIA card. (That is a topic for another thread.) I use the KDE desktop.

Then yesterday, I decided to reorganize my laptop, get rid of some stuff, etc. So, I deleted the Slackware partition, and created a new partition for Slackware. The second installation went OK, but when I start KDE with "startx", it freezes at the small window where the icons highlight in turn as services are started. There is a popup window with a message about "try again" but it gets hidden behind the "services" window so I can't read the rest of the message. The system is completely frozen, ctl-alt-bkspc doesn't work, ctl-alt-del doesn't work.

I have re-installed three times, thinking that I am setting some configuration item wrong. Is there a way to change the configuration with out a re-installation?

Any advice will be appreciated, jimbo

PS: I just saw the message, it says: "KNotify crashed while instantiating KNotify aRts sound output. Try again or abort aRts?" There are two boxes for a choice, but everything is frozen, so I can't abort aRts.

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Old 07-18-2005, 04:45 PM   #2
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Hi

If it is balking at aRts try re-installing or removing it.

Another thing you could try is startxfce4 or startfluxbox then you would know if your X installation was OK.

If it is then just upgradepkg --install-new --reinstall *.tgz in the kde/ directory on CD2

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Old 07-18-2005, 05:36 PM   #3
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Well, xfce works perfectly, so I guess X Window is OK. I did as you suggested and reinstalled everything in cdrom 2, kde directory. When I startx again, the same freeze occurs, and I get the same message. Just what is aRts anyway? And how do I reinstall it or remove it?

Thanks, jimbo
 
Old 07-18-2005, 06:16 PM   #4
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aRts is a sound server, to remove type the following in a terminal as root
Code:
removepkg arts
To reinstall you can either use the previous entry as a guide or use installpkg.

Then type startx and if KDE starts then you have another mystery.
Why did arts not work?

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Old 07-18-2005, 06:29 PM   #5
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Well, removepkg arts, then reboot, login and startx and KDE loads OK and I am at a KDE desktop.

This is a big mystery! The first installation of Slackware 10.1 on this laptop was a hurry up, accept defaults, just get it done, type installation and everything worked perfectly.

This time I carefully installed and re-installed three times and I always had KDE freeze at that start services window.

So, what do you think? Is there some problem with my sound card? Why would KDE freeze because of a sound server problem?

Thanks for the help, jimbo
 
Old 07-18-2005, 06:36 PM   #6
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So, what do you think? Is there some problem with my sound card? Why would KDE freeze because of a sound server problem?

Thanks for the help, jimbo
More of a brute force and ignorance sort of helper I'm afraid, for more technical problems or the eternal verities I'm afraid you need a higher class sort of thinker.

However your sound card is probably OK, and anyway there is always ALSA.

Try a few sound type things in KDE and if they work there is no need to worry.

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