I think the creation of the .kde3 directory on a clean 11.4 installation is the problem. If you take a .kde3 directory created on 11.3 and put it on 11.4, everything will work fine. later, Robert Xu
1. Renamed (Home)/.kde to .kde-orig on my (non-working) 11.4_32/3.5 install, and copied in a good (i.e., working) 11.3_32/kde3 installation on my HD. KControl.desktop still gave the blank left pane. Reset back to original.
2. Also did the same for /opt/kde3, and again no difference. Reset back to original.
I would have thought it might solve it too! I'll try again in the a.m.