I was in the pkg mgr the other day and it froze while installing something called dbus. Every time I would try to shut the pkg mgr(glsapt) down it would just give me that annoying sound that it was busy. After waiting about 30 mins I shut the whole x-window down using the menu (I didn't yet know about ctrl-alt-esc to kill uncooperative programs). Ever since then, when I click on the package manager (on the desktop or in the menu), it shows to be starting up in the toolbar and even asks for root password, but as soon as I give it, it dissapears. I'm still new to linux, but I can tell something is screwed up. When all this happened, I was logged in to the pidgin instant messenger and it seems it has suffered the same fate. First tried reboot(old win habit) then found the half downloaded dbus package and got rid of it. Still nothing. Any help would be appreciated.
VL5.8SOHO-final;Compaq desktop; 500Mhz pentium 3; 384MB RAM; 512MB swap; S3inc Savage 4 vid card