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> N00b Problem W/ Kde & Gaim, I totaly messes up my system panel
post Mar 21 2005, 03:53 AM
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Whats this Lie-nix Thing?

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Allright first off I know very little about linux, just been hearin about how great it was and wanted to try it. Well I started using a Knoppix disc and I rather liked the look and feel of it. So anyways, a friend recomended Mandrake linux and yeah it was real easy to install and all, I'm starting to learn how to use the system, but I really didn't like the Kopte messenger, So I removed it and replaced it with Gaim. the prob was it didn't go into my system tray when I closed the window, instead it exited the program. So of course I try and tweak the panel to move it into the system tray, and I couldn't. Well then I just started tweakin the panel, addin and removin stuff just to see how it worked. I shoulda been more careful, I think I removed some stuff I shouldn't have, anyways, can anyone tell me where I can find the programs that go into the system tray and how I can get Gaim to go there?

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PS. I'm using Mandrake 10.1 and for some reason my start menu is a star, anyone know how I can change it to the K emblem like a normal KDE start menu?
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post Mar 21 2005, 08:45 AM
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Well, i'm not quite sure what was running in your system tray before you removed them, if everything still works like it should, then it doesn't really matter. I know with KDE, it sometimes autostarts things like your scheduler and stuff down there, which is no biggie.

As for gaim, it is quite easy to add it to the system tray (provided it's a newer version of gaim).

With gaim open, go into the tools menu, and preferences. From there, on the left side, click plugins, and on the right side, you'll see a list of plugins there. One of those plugins is called "System Tray icon", put a check in the box there, and then click close. The yellow gaim icon should appear in the system tray now. And now, when you click the "X" button, it should minimize to tray rather then closing on you.

The system tray icon is supported in KDE, Gnome and Windows (and perhaps other window managers that use the implementation). But, being a new user, you shouldn't have to worry about that as long as you use KDE or Gnome.

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