Thank you for the reply. As it happens, I screwed up even further: I tried to install the nvidia driver, and apparently picked the wrong
answer. On reboot, the screen came up with everything about 10 times normal size--iow, totally unusable. I did not know how
to getback to a usable screen. I am in the process of completely re-partitioning the disk and will install the complete system from scratch. (I did save what I hope are the important files to another drive before I started all this.)
The install just finished, and my complaints about the desktop are moot--it looks OK now.
Now a question: In another thread, I had a problem with KSnapshot on an upgraded system. With this fresh install, before upgrading,
I found that KSnapshot works. If I wish to do the upgrade on the install that Ive 'just finished, can I mark the three files
for not upgrading? (kipi-plugins, libkdraw and libkexiv2.) How would I do that, exactly?
It was probably time to start anew anyway, altho I wish it could have been with a 64-bit system. Now I can spend the rest of the day
trying to get back my various programs that don't come in the repos!
Thanx again for the inputs. --doug