problem upgrading from mandrake 6.2 to 7.2

problem upgrading from mandrake 6.2 to 7.2

Post by <goo.. » Sun, 31 Dec 1899 09:00:00

the upgrade went fine until the very end when it wanted to configure the x
server. the install had an error and went into an endless loop to the same
point over & over. so i selected exit. and i went to re-boot for the 1st
time. the graphical loading screen comes up (and looks nice) but then it
hangs. i'm a newbie. but have messed with linux a little before. what can i
check or do to make it fully boot up?

the system is a handmade with winME and mandrake 7.2. on a 40gb drive split
into 2 partitions. diamond s90 soundcard. 2 cd-rw drives on the secondary
ide connector. 1 parallel zip drive. 384mb of ram. voodoo banshee graphics.
microsoft intellimouse explorer on the ps/2 port. USR sportster 56k external
on a serial port.

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mode (runlevel 5).  I am using Gnome now but would like to get back to KDE.

Does anyone know which file/directory permission or which configuration
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have checked out the error messages by using startx from the command
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/usr/bin/startkde: /tmp/KDE.startkde.JYWUeC: cannot overwrite existing file

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directory (including hidden) from my home account and then brought them
back one-by-one.  I could get into KDE then using startx.  I then
switched back to runlevel 5 and got the same crash problem when trying
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