Hmmm, thanks for this, but still not really enough for me to have a go without the likely chance of either getting nowhere or messing up the computer even more.
You are right, I am not only not 'too linux savvy'; I don't in fact have any idea about linux at all, and not much about computers in general, though I am usually able to follow the kind of directions which go " from the graphical interface (I assume this is what you mean by gui) press CTRL-ALT-F2
Yes, a gui is a graphical user interface, and you need to hit ctrl-alt-f2 from it. I verified that those are the correct keys last night.
At the command prompt type rm -ri ~/.gconf/system/networking then
Type Y and enter, for all files except the networking file (at which press N and enter)
Correct, but you can also say Y to networking, no need to say no to that one, the whole thing will be re-created
then to return to the gui press CTRL-ALT-F7
correct, you can also do a CTRL-ALT-DELETE and the system should shutdown and reboot gracefully from that prompt if you want, either way you end up right back in your familiar gui.
I wouldn't want to try it though unless that really is right.
Looks like you have the steps down. Linux unlike say windows is a lot less likely to go south even if you did do something wrong, it just might make it a little more difficult to fix, but it aint gonna go belly up from a user level.
To replace the -ri with -rf sounds much easier but why does this need bravery? Is it because it may go wrong? Wipe the disc clean? Replace everything with a version As long as you have no spaces in the "~/.gconf/system/networking" part, you can use -rf without peril. And yes its easier, just demands you don't make a typo to avoid complications that might require a system restore, though again the requirement to go to a complete system restore from a user level is highly unlikely.In a nutshell, this is about your best option short of a system restore, that is also an option though (even if you were to mess up this), so your are really not gonna loose much trying it. I think you got the jest of it, its just up to you whether you think you are up to it.
Don't worry I am gonna stick with you, even if something don't quite work as expected.
PS: I have one more idea, to make it seem less final, do this at the prompt instead of the rm commandmv ~/.gconf/system/networking ~/.gconf/system/networking.backmeup
that will move (rename really) your networking directory to networking.backmeup, that way you have a backup we can move back later should we want to. If you have no errors you will not see output from that command.