4. yes in away i think im still having problems with my graphical setup but i got it working by using the VESA default xorg.conf-vesa setting for my vid card. its not giving me full resolution or other options i used to have with 5.8 soho but its more stable for me then the FBDEV setting. if i try any other conf i wont even get to the sign n screen. it just goes blank. bigpaws did allot to help me get to this point and im very great full.
One thought I have is that you are having trouble going to KDE4 just because your graphic set-up is still a little fragile. I'm not sure what to suggest for this, other than replacing your graphics card.
i went into getslapt and serched Kde4 and looked at the fiels that were installed and realized that i pulled files from the test repo and the cd that where almost the same but not. one file would be named kdemultimedia4 and the there was kdemultimedia. i took all the kde files off and only installed using the test repo and i forget witch file didn't work but it told me the check sum didn't match so i had to use the cd for that file only.
You could try removing kde4-meta and see if it takes all the same dependencies with it, while the cd is in. Then install kde4-meta again with the cd out.
Other than that I think this is confusing enough I would just start with a fresh install.
i don't know if it is related but the only command line terminal that i can get to work is Konsole. all the others come up but the writing is multicolored and i cant type in them.
I've seen this before with installs of vl6.0 in virtualbox (where I also use Vesa as the graphical choice during the install, because vxconf just didn't work.). I have to use urxvt as my terminal as the others are unreadable.
The odd thing is that the fix I found was to set up as Vesa first. Then run vxconf as root in the terminal that works for you (urxvt in my case). For some reason vxconf runs fine the second time from within vesa and the xfce environment. After it finishes I just ctrl+alt+backspace and everything is back to working as it should.