[SOLVED] Help! I did something really stupid...
I am (was) running Mandriva 2009 and KDE4.
I was having problems with avi files. My friend suggested using Xine. So, I used the package installer to install Xine.
When I ran it, it didn't run. I saw in the terminal that there was a debug, so I ran that. It told me that I had a problem with the libxine, and to reinstall it.
So, I went to the package installer (GUI is easier for me) and looked for xine libs. I found 2 that were installed. I don't recall exactly what they were, I think libxine1 and libxinerama1. Anyway, when in doubt... and I was going to reinstall them anyway...
So I unclicked both of them. One of them told me that to satisfy package thingummies it would also uninstall all these packages (about 900 MB). I said, OK. And it did.
When it was done, nothing worked. I couldn't run Firefox, couldn't find half of the system tools (including the package installer) and probably other things too, but that was all I tried to do.
So, being an old Windows user, when in doubt, reboot.
I did. The Grub came up, and so did the login screen, but when I entered the login name and the password, it didn't log on.
I didn't get an error or anything, it accepted the login/password, blanked the screen, and then just popped back to the login screen.
I could log on in a terminal, but apparently GUI is out.
Right now I am using the Windows partition of my hard drive (that booted up normally, at least as normal as expected).
So, what did I screw up, and how do I fix it?
Thanks in advance (and retroactively to all of you who have helped me thus far)