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    Default All heck breaks loose - pidgin

    after installing pidgin, i proceeded to reboot my system. everything is unbearably slow and broken. as soon as it starts, krunner fails, when i click something, plamsa desktop fails, pidgin boots at logon for some reason, and my toolbar icons stack on each other. all of my applications have little !'s on the lower left side of them and when i run them, they ask me if i want to continue

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    Default Re: All heck breaks loose - pidgin

    Is this a fresh install of openSUSE? Have you customized too much yet? I would try renaming your .kde4 folder.

    If you can, open dolphin, then navigate to your /home/username folder (where username is your username). Then click view>show hidden files. Look for .kde4 and rename it .kde4_old. Then restart.

    We'll have to get you back up and running before we can continue with your compiz-fusion problem.

    Take Care,

    Ian
    Laptop: Dell Inspiron E1505 | OpenSUSE 12.1/Windows Vista | KDE | Intel CPU T2050 1.6 GHz | Intel 945GM | 3.2GB RAM
    Box: OpenSUSE 12.1/Windows 7 | KDE | Intel Core 2 Quad 8300 2.5GHz/core | nVidia Geforce 9500GT 1GB| 4 GB RAM

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    Default Re: All heck breaks loose - pidgin

    ive changed wallpaper, installed vlc, gotten the ati drivers to work, gotten the wireless to work. probably a couple other things, but im getting used to linux. thanks for the constant help ian, i really appreciate it, im gonna wait awhile to get back to work on it, im prolly gonna do a reinstall again, ive lost count how many times ive reinstalled, over 20, at the very very least.

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    Default Re: All heck breaks loose - pidgin

    I think the point where it all went wrong was when you went to install compiz-fusion. I didn't realize it at the time, but the one-click makes you add the kde4-factory repository unless you manually tell it not to add it. So you downloaded the kde4 factory repository which houses the 4.3 rc2 packages. So when you got all those conflicts and then accepted some of them, you probably got a mixed up system. So it's going to take a lot of work getting everything back to normal either way.

    You can try to salvage this install or just reinstall. If you just reinstall you'll still have wallpapers and stuff saved but things like video drivers, wireless drivers, and programs will have to be reinstalled and reconfigured. Otherwise you' have to remove the kde4 factory repository then do an update all unconditionally. Whichever you choose we'll help you get everything set up correctly and the proper way. For one thing you should be using the packman repository as it has a ton of programs and multimedia codecs you'll need. The video lan repository (vlc) has libdvdcss and that's really the only thing you need from it. Just let us know what you want to do and we'll help you out.

    Take Care,

    Ian
    Laptop: Dell Inspiron E1505 | OpenSUSE 12.1/Windows Vista | KDE | Intel CPU T2050 1.6 GHz | Intel 945GM | 3.2GB RAM
    Box: OpenSUSE 12.1/Windows 7 | KDE | Intel Core 2 Quad 8300 2.5GHz/core | nVidia Geforce 9500GT 1GB| 4 GB RAM

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    Default Re: All heck breaks loose - pidgin

    wait, how can i reinstall without formatting all my stuff again? is there a way? i dont know of it. i only have the CD KDE version cause i have a very small hard disk, with only 2 gb left on my windows partition, so i couldnt dld the dvd version.

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    Default Re: All heck breaks loose - pidgin

    You have to use the expert partitioner to do that. Then choose your hard disk, and instead of using the whole partition just check the / partition and it will only format the root partition, where all your programs are stored. You then click on the old /home partition and tell it to mount it as /home without formatting it. You keep all your files and folders in you /home partition.

    If you want a more in depth explanation and advice then please open up a terminal and provide the output of:

    Code:
    su
    put in your root password

    Code:
    fdisk -l
    Take Care,

    Ian
    Laptop: Dell Inspiron E1505 | OpenSUSE 12.1/Windows Vista | KDE | Intel CPU T2050 1.6 GHz | Intel 945GM | 3.2GB RAM
    Box: OpenSUSE 12.1/Windows 7 | KDE | Intel Core 2 Quad 8300 2.5GHz/core | nVidia Geforce 9500GT 1GB| 4 GB RAM

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    brassy NNTP User

    Default Re: All heck breaks loose - pidgin

    dzlockhead wrote:
    > over 20, at the very very least.


    just so you know, that is NOT the usual experience of all Linux
    users...so, don't rush out and tell your friends that the only way to
    make progress in learning/using Linux is fiddle with it until it is
    broke and then start over..

    i believe i can honestly say i've never (yet) had to reinstall to
    correct an error i introduced..

    well, maybe i had to install Red Hat 6-something twice....don't quite
    remember now, that was so long ago...

    i do, however make and implement a recovery plan before doing anything
    that might break....in addition to routine backups..

    --
    brassy

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    JosephKK NNTP User

    Default Re: All heck breaks loose - pidgin

    On Tue, 14 Jul 2009 05:58:55 GMT, brassy
    <brassy@no-mx.forums.opensuse.org> wrote:

    >dzlockhead wrote:
    >> over 20, at the very very least.

    >
    >just so you know, that is NOT the usual experience of all Linux
    >users...so, don't rush out and tell your friends that the only way to
    >make progress in learning/using Linux is fiddle with it until it is
    >broke and then start over..
    >
    >i believe i can honestly say i've never (yet) had to reinstall to
    >correct an error i introduced..
    >
    >well, maybe i had to install Red Hat 6-something twice....don't quite
    >remember now, that was so long ago...
    >
    >i do, however make and implement a recovery plan before doing anything
    >that might break....in addition to routine backups..


    I have done a turnaround reinstall quite recently. Once it was
    installed i looked at the partitioning and noticed that it was not
    what i intended. Reinstall was the quicker path at that point. I
    won't be careless about the partitioning for some time to come.

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