Despite having run Opensuse for several years, I consider myself a “newbie”. I just want to get stuff done and I don’t muck about with low-level settings and the like. So I’m rather puzzled.
I updated to 11.2 (32-bit) last night on my HP 8510p laptop and everything worked except Vmware Server (but I found a fix for that). I’m using KDE.
This evening, I was looking at Desktop Settings to find a different background picture (I do this sort of thing so infrequently I can’t remember how I did it the last time). Just out of curiosity, I decided to change the default “Ozone” appearance to “Plastik”. At that moment the machine froze. Even the mouse wouldn’t move.
I removed the battery (the only way to turn off) and booted from the DVD and repaired the system. At the next start-up (and every one since), KDE freezes (progress bar gets about half way through). I happened to be listening to an AM radio station at the time and the laptop throws a lot of RF at it. It sounded as if something was being attempted repeatedly.
I’ve tried a few repairs and reinstalls of all the KDE and X11 packages, but nothing changes.
I have read some threads here about bad memory or HD sectors. The former would surely be more random, so that latter seems likely. The first repair fixed some inodes and since then has found nothing, so I don’t know about that.
Booting into Failsafe works, but of course that’s rather limiting (1024 x 768, stretched out on a wide screen). I can’t find a log for KDE’s start-up to see what it says so, given my lack of knowledge, am at a complete loss.
Since I have everything backed up, it wouldn’t be a disaster to do a fresh install, but since I’ve customized quite a lot and added extra things, I’d rather not. I’d really appreciate any insights.