I've installed KDE on my Gnome laptop (Acer 5745G) by pulling in kde-meta in Sulfur. WiFi wouldn't work, and I read somewhere that KDE didn't play nice with networkmanager, although Gnome had no problem. So I removed networkmanager and installed Wicd. Everything worked fine. Then I set KDE as the default session today, used the machine, shut it down (properly) and when I went back tonight, wireless was broken. I had rebooted the machine several times before, but nothing ever broke.... it was only after I had set it to default to a KDE session in the logon screen, that things fell apart. No other changes had been made.
I can't find networkmanager anywhere on the system, even though sulfur shows it as installed. It's not running anywhere (ps shows nothing) and it's not in the startup section of system settings. Attempting to remove networkmanager from sulfur, it wants to remove large chunks of KDE, so I'm not going there.
Firing up Wicd shows that it works fine with an ethernet cable, and scanning for networks shows the correct list with the correct SSIDs and signal strengths, etc. Attempting to connect shows it stuck at the validation stage, with the inevitable error message of connect failed: bad password.
I've deleted all the configuration from Wicd and reinstalled again, but no difference.
1) How do I resolve the issue of networkmanager being still "in" sulfur even though it apparently doesn't exist on the system?
2) How do I get networking going again? Contine trying to repair Wicd, or am I better off trying to get the original networkmanager thing going? Have to admit networkmanager looked sexier on screen with more info but it never worked.