KDM: Cannot apply new theme on kde4.4

I installed suse kde 4.4 on a new machine using a cd made with suse studio.

I decided to change the login theme. I went into the login manager, downloaded, selected, and applied a new theme. Restarted. Nothing changed. I still had the same old theme pre-installed via suse studio.

I thought it could be a bug with that particular theme. So I downloaded another theme through the login manager. I selected it, and clicked apply. Restarted… nothing changed…still the old theme.

I thoroughly searched every option in login manager, thinking that I missed a simple setting. Tried everything I could think of. Still same old theme.

So… I decided to delete the theme pre-installed via suse-studio using login manager. Went to the login screen. It changed! But it wasn’t the theme I applied. It was a simple theme-less login screen.

Went back to the login manager. I can change the background pic manually, but I can’t install any theme!

So you need to change more than the KDE Login Theme. Look here: /etc/sysconfig Editor

/etc/sysconfig/displaymanager DISPLAYMANAGE_KDE_THEME=SUSE

You would need to modify this. Now consider that openSUSE can be used with several different Desktops, not just KDE and you can change the selected desktop (SESSIONS option) using the default SUSE login screen. If you opt out of the SUSE default and switch to your KDE selection, you may be unable to change your default desktop without switching this back to SUSE again. I normally use KDE myself, but should you update your copy of KDE into not working (as I have done before), there will be no other desktop selection you could switch to.

Thank You,

Excellent. I got it working now.

I don’t have Gnome on this system, but if I decide to get Gnome too, then is there no way I can switch to it using my new theme?

Also, I don’t quite understand what you mean about how I “should update my copy of KDE into not working”…

Would you please explain this a little more?

Excellent. I got it working now.

I don’t have Gnome on this system, but if I decide to get Gnome too, then is there no way I can switch to it using my new theme?

Also, I don’t quite understand what you mean about how I “should update my copy of KDE into not working”…

Would you please explain this a little more?
I am happy to hear you got it working mediaman7. As for updating KDE imagine you decide to update KDE 4.4 to the latest 4.6, but the upgrade fails and your desktop does not load. You do have some options running at the terminal prompt, but you might find it easier to repair using another graphic desktop. If the SUSE Login is not activated, I am not sure I would know the manual commands to change your desktop from KDE to say GNOME. As a relative new user, here is some information for you to use:

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Thank You,

I removed the Suse login theme through login manager. Wouldn’t the system fall back to a generic “no name” login theme if I were to upgrade? Or am I in trouble?

I removed the Suse login theme through login manager. Wouldn’t the system fall back to a generic “no name” login theme if I were to upgrade? Or am I in trouble?
For KDE I think you revert back the sysconf setting to SUSE AND you select the openSUSE theme in KDE, like it was at its default. I think this is the confusing part. I have actually switched one PC myself to using the KDE theme and see the sessions setting is now gone. But I have not tried to go back before. I made my change due to some font size issues created during the install with a crappy video card and just never figured out what was messed up. Since I always use KDE, I just stuck with the KDE login. For you, if your attempt to revert back does not work, it is possible to load YaST from the terminal prompt (just yast) and remember that Ctrl-Alt-F1 will give you a terminal prompt if you can’t find one.

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