KDE 4 crashes when enabling effects


I’ve always used Windows, but I wanted to test Linux. So I installed openSUSE 11 on an old PC (Pentium III, 450 MHz).
I enabled the desktop effects, and the screen became black. I could’nt do anything but forcing to log off with Ctrl+Alt+Backspace.

Now I want to turn the effects off again, but I don’t know how.

Could anyone please help me getting my PC working again?

Thanks in advance

450Mz is extremely slow for enabling desktop effects. It may not be worth it, even if it is possible.

I know it is, but I didn’t know it was going to crash…

KDE4 is experimental software, and is extremely error prone.

It is slow (at the best of times) even on fast machines with fast graphics cards!

I would suggest installing either Gnome of KDE3 instead.

Boot your computer and when it gets to the black desktop, press ctrl-alt-backspace twice quickly, that should bring you to the login screen.

Once there, at the bottom left, select “iceWM” from the list of DEs available (sorry, can’t remember the exact name of the button!).

Once at a desktop, run Yast2 and change the search criteria to “patterns”, you should see both KDE3 and Gnome listed there.

Select the one you want and install it.

If you have the openSUSE DVD, put it in the drive first, as it will get almost all of it from there rather than the net.

Once installed, logout, then select the DE you chose from the list at bottom left.

Good luck :).

Or have another try using the KDE 4.1 version (is still in development but already has many enhancements)

Have a look here for the one click : KDE/KDE4 - openSUSE
(linked under ‘the unstable version’)


gabadubo wrote:

> I know it is, but I didn’t know it was going to crash…

Well, in a pinch, you can move your ~/.kde4 directory. This will force KDE to recreate the default config files when you log in, turning off desktop effects.

Just a thought…


I think he/she’s pushing it a bit trying to use KDE4 on a P3 450 though, that’s why I recommended something a little lighter :).

Even iceWM might be better, it’s actually not bad, and quite fast too.

Thanks to you all.
I installed KDE 3 and I could use the PC again.

I think this thread may be closed.