KDE4 desktop problems

Anne Wilson cannewilson at googlemail.com
Fri Jun 13 18:56:47 BST 2008

Apologies if this is a duplicate, but I sent it more than 6 hours ago and 
haven't seen it arrive yet.

I have Mandriva 2008.1 with KDE4 on two laptops.  One functions perfectly.  
The second one is giving me big problem.

When I installed, everything looked absolutely fine.  I added a few launchers 
to the panel and made a few changes in System Settings.  Still OK.

I then opened two spreadsheets in OpenOffice.  One closed correctly, the other 
crashed, and wouldn't close.  I then tried an End Session, which got to a 
blank screen with a cursor in the top left-hand corner.

Since then, the panel does not show when I log in.  I can restore it by 
right-clicking where it should be, and changing the size.  Sometimes the Run 
Command brings up only a shadow, though that seems to rectify itself after a 
while.  Asking for a reboot brings up a black and white patch with no text.  
Clicking on the right area starts the shutdown, but gets to the black screen 
+ cursor, and I have to CtrlAltDel after which it reboots.

Obviously something is either missing or corrupted.  Any advice?

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