I installed the wrong phon xine backend thingy and need a n00b friendly solution if its available.
Dimble: “i upgraded my 11.0 to 4.1, and it now says on boot-up; “failed to enable Phonon, reverting to previous method”.
sound works ok, so it isn’t really a problem, just mentioning it.”
Snakeyes: “Hi, install a package called phonon-backend-xine”
Dimble: “having done that, i now get the following knotify error message after login:
Unable to use Xine Multimedia Backend:
The plugin ‘phonon_xine’ uses an incompatible KDE library (4.1.60 (KDE 4.1.60 (KDE 4.2 >= 20080709)) “release 43.4”).
sound still works, but i am about to give this laptop to my non-techy sister who will not like error messages popping up for no good reason.
anyone know what the problem is; and how a non-technical sort like myself might fix it?”
Slammer64: “Dimble, it looks like you are using the Unstable repo rather than Factory, could you verify that please?”
Dimble: “hi there, i am indeed, any ideas on how i might rectify matters?”
Don’t switch to 11.1. Your sister is gonna have an even worse time with an alpha OS. What you should do is enable factory repo and reinstall KDE 4 entirely by using the patterns in yast. I’ve had no trouble with factory packages so far. You should also think about deleting the .kde4 directory in your home folder.
Well the problem is that using unstable repo for kde 4.1 is a really dangerous move and can sometimes lead to an unbootable kde. Reverting to factory repos is basically uninstalling and reinstalling anyway.
But here’s how to do it. This method is not using patterns because there’s some really weird bugs in yast patterns management. In the end its the same thing.
1.)Go to yast->software repositories and remove the unstable kde 4.1 repo
2.)Go to yast->addon products->community repositories and enable the KDE 4.1 Factory repo.
3.)Go to yast->software management, select the Repositories Filter. Select the KDE factory repository. Right click inside the package list->all in this list->update unconditionally.
This should revert all packages back to factory and you should have a stable kde install. Remove .kde4 from your home directory after install.
it seems apparent that you cannot ‘hack’ your way though to happiness
with KDE4.x, so i quote “mingus725” who wrote the following (much
better than i could ever) on 13 Aug 2008:
“KDE 4 is still very young. It is recommended only for experienced
users who can hack their way around problems. If you have not
upgraded from the installed 4.0 to 4.1, you can try that; 4.1 is much
better. But still, it is undergoing active development and at times
things don’t work right. You would just have to see. The better bet
would be to install KDE 3.5.9; you can do that and leave KDE 4.1
installed, too. KDE 3.5.9 is very mature and stable. You could then
use 3.5.9 as your primary gui, and occasionally update your 4.1 and
check it out; when your 4.1 is stable, you can switch to it as your
primary. Many very experienced openSUSE users are sticking with 3.5.9
until 4.x has had time to mature.”
perhaps you should go back to the root problem, which imo is KDE4,
despite written warnings otherwise (see http://tinyurl.com/3vwrzl
paragraph 7) you elected to install it anyway…
my own personal opinion is the best way out of the mess you are in is
probably to begin again, and this time install either KDE3.5.9 or
and reading that page top to bottom, and all the posts in that thread…
i guess you will have much better luck…
see caveat: http://tinyurl.com/6aagco
DenverD (Linux Counter 282315) via NNTP, Thunderbird 126.96.36.199, KDE
3.5.7, SUSE Linux 10.3, 188.8.131.52-0.2-default #1 SMP i686 athlon
@DenverD: Asking Dimble_ThriceFoon to downgrade to KDE 3 is not a solution to his problem, especially when KDE 4 has worked well before on his computer. Telling him to shy away from KDE 4 is depriving him of the learning experience and wasting the time he used to post on this forum. Not to mention it also makes it harder for the devs to find out bugs.
Do not use the repair option anymore. I fixed my black screen KDE problem by deleting both .kde and .kde4 folders in my home directory. If this does not work for you, you probably have some KDE packages that are not from the same version (e.g. 4.0 packages mixed with 4.1 packages). You can either
1.) Connect your computer to an ethernet cable and do a clean reinstall of the system with the factory repository enabled. There is an addon products option available.
2.) Log into KDE and meet the black screen. Then press Alt-F2 and type yast. Now enable KDE 4 factory repo and filter the list by repository so that only KDE 4 factory packages are shown as before. If right click is not working for you, click Packages on the top menu bar->All in this list->Update unconditionally. After you finish installing KDE 4.1, go back to the list, and sort by installed packages. Briefly go down the list to make sure there aren’t any packages with version 4.0.4. After that delete .kde and .kde4.