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    Hello All ...
    I am using Mandrake 10.0 . It has a KDE 2.1 gui .
    It was working fine untill recently. Last weeek I tried to install rythmbox.
    I failed and I see some frustrating behaviour of KDE after that. When I try to open home, the window opens up and crashes. Same with web browsers.
    Each time I need to restart the machine. I tried to google this , but I haven't found a single answer for this problem. Any one has any idea what is happenning? Do I have to reinstall my KDE ? please help!!!


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    Linux Guru fingal's Avatar
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    Jul 2003
    Birmingham - UK
    Hi Sam

    Sounds like it might be a problem with your X server. That's what gives you the frames and display stuff around browsers and desktop applications.

    I'm not great at fixing X problems, but I think it would be a good idea to check your log files for that.

    Ever used a terminal? You need to open one up and cd into /var/log like this:

    cd /var/log

    Then figure out which version of X you have. Mine is Xorg, so I would - as root - do this:

    cat Xorg.0.log | tail -30

    That's saying, 'Display the contents of the Xorg log file, but limit it to the last 30 lines'. Any errors should show up.

    I would be curious enough to run the top command as well (after trying to start up 'Home') ... Perhaps a process is trying to start up, failing and hogging system resources. It would show up somewhere near the top of the screen as a memory or CPU hog.

    Probably installing rhythmbox has left some cruft on your system which needs removing. Finding it could be a challenge!

    - fingal
    I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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