installed a little kde, it switched to it on the reboot, and most stuff is missing, no access to a shell of any kind

Bruce MacArthur bmacasuru at
Sun Dec 13 08:49:53 GMT 2009

On Sunday 13 December 2009 01:44:13 am Gene Heskett wrote:
> On Sunday 13 December 2009, Lindsay Mathieson wrote:
> >On Sun, 13 Dec 2009 04:04:22 pm Gene Heskett wrote:
> >> Greets;  See the subject line.
> >>
> >> If I can get it to do an init3, what would be the apt-get line to 
> >>  the rest of kde, plus the switchdesk command?  Its useless as it 
> >>  right now. I also have no keyboard, mouse works, but no keyboard.  
> >> was working fine under gnome before the reboot, and in F10 as you 
can see
> >> its fine.  Windows opened by the menu have no close button, etc etc.  
> >> could run synaptic from the menu, but without a keyboard, I 
> >> enter my passwd to do any more work.
> >>
> >> Had to use the hdwe rest to get out of it.
> >>
> >> Thanks all.
> >
> >Does Ctrl-Alt-F1 to get the console work?
> >
> Not without a working keyboard.  Sorry, Lindsay.
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Hello, Gene --

Since you do not have a working keyboard on machine you are discussing, 
you MUST have another machine which you are using for these messages 
(and much of anything else you do right now!).  This suggests a 
theoretical possibility of controlling the challenging machine with 
another computer.  Frankly, I have NO idea of what specific steps would 
be required, but is this an approach that you can at least try out?

Bruce   Mac Arthur
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