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Re: [vox-tech] KDE? Or something more insidious....?
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Re: [vox-tech] KDE? Or something more insidious....?

Check if you're running out of memory (free), disk space 
(df) or if something is hogging the CPU (top).

If that all looks OK, try shutting down KDE and renaming 
~/.kde to something else, which will make it treat you as a
brand-new user.

-- Rod

On Sunday 08 December 2002 08:28 am, Richard S. Crawford wrote:
> I came back from a week-long business trip in Santa Barbara to find that
> my RH7.2 box is acting kinda weird.  Normally, I leave it up and running
> when I'm gone, since I feel comfortable with my firewall setup* and so I
> can log in and move some files around in case I decide to work on a
> story while on the road.  When I came back, I logged into my computer to
> find the following...
> 1.  KDE is broken.  Or something.  In the taskbar, the icons for running
> programs no longer display the name of the program, if that makes sense.
> 2.  More seriously, I can't access anything from the KDE menu.  When I
> try clicking on the menu icon, KDE slows down glacially for several
> minutes before I can start using anything again.  And the menu never
> shows up.  The same thing happens if I try right-clicking on the desktop.
> 3.  Sometimes, KDE just freezes.  Kaput.  I'm used to this sort of thing
> from Windows, but my Linux box has been nice and stable ever since I
> replaced my hard drive.  But this morning I stepped away from my
> computer to get some breakfast, and came back to find that my
> screensaver was paused, and nothing I could do -- whether moving the
> mouse or clicking the mouse or typing on the keyboard -- could get
> things going again.
> I'd love to upgrade to KDE 3.01 but haven't a clue how to go about doing
> that (I admit, I still consider myself a newbie); GNOME 2.0 is
> unreliable on my computer; and I'm not sure how to reinstall from my
> source disks without zarking LILO.
> I can fix most of the problems on my computer without any serious issues
> (getting MySQL to play with PHP and Apache on my box was a challenge,
> but fun!) but X and window managers, while I like using them, have me
> flummoxed.
> Anyone have any suggestions?
> Richard
> * For what it's worth, I've poked around on my system as much as I can
> and I can't find any evidence that my system was hacked into while I was
> gone; and that was the explanation I'd come up with for why my system
> started acting so weird while I was gone.  That, and hard drive issues.
>   Which is not a possibility I'm willing to entertain just yet if I can
> at all avoid it.

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