I installed Debian "Wheezy" on my hard drive yesterday, so I can now dual boot into Windows or Linux (although the Grub bootloader never got the news that I finished my installation- when I try to boot into Windows it still goes to a next step where I can select either boot Windows (again), or "continue with Debian installation" (which I never pick))
I didn't like the Gnome 3 interface that came 'stock' with Debian, so I installed KDE. I had problems getting KDE to start, so I could check it out, because I was ignorant of the fact that you have to log-out and log back in and change the desktop via a button on the log-in widget. So I ended up installing a ton of extra KDE packages, always thinking I needed to install something else to get it to work.
When I finally witnessed KDE running on my computer, I thought it made everything sluggish (I have an old machine), and decided to move on to XFCE- which I currently have and am relatively happy with. To make room in my Linux partition, I uninstalled everything Gnome or KDE I could find with Synaptic package manager. I also uninstalled some other stuff I knew I wouldn't need (touchscreen interface, braille interface, wireless stuff and printer stuff (I don't have a printer)).
Everything still worked for the most part, but anything that required root permission stopped working unless I ran it from a terminal as a root user. Before I mass-uninstalled all the Gnome/KDE stuff, a window would pop-up prompting me to enter my root password for those actions. I attempted d/l'ng various packages, thinking I had probably uninstalled whatever had been responsible for the pop-up windows, and eventually re-installed gnome 'policy kit' interface package.
After logging out and back in again, I once again get a pop-up window prompting me to enter a password to mount a drive, or to access certain programs, but now it only takes my user password for things that once needed my root password, my root password isn't recognized by these pop-up windows. If I access the same program from a terminal, I can do it as a root user. I have no idea why this is, and would like to get things back to how they were initially. Can anyone help me out?
I asked this question over at Debian Users Forum (of which I am a new member), and now the site is apparently down- it seems like it was a fairly low traffic site too. Hopefully I have better luck here.
Edited by yu gnomi, 22 April 2014 - 07:18 PM.