I wanted to turn the window borders more transparent, so they’d look like glass. Just a personal preference when it comes to the theme. So I asked the question in the KDE subreddit. The answer wasn’t the one I needed, but that’s likely because the poster didn’t quite understand that I only wanted to change the border, not the entire window. So he gave me instructions on how to make the whole window transparent, which I followed. Upon realizing that this affected the whole window, (and not just the border) I changed the setting back.
That’s when everything crashed. I could move the mouse on the screen, but I couldn’t affect anything. Couldn’t do anything, the computer appeared to have locked up. So I restarted it, hoping this would fix the issue. Now all I can get is the motherboard splash screen, and then a blank black screen. If I hit Ctrl + Alt + F5 button (or was it F4…) I can get a command line, where I can login. As a linux newbie, I can only hope that this is my path to fixing whatever has broken.
Does anyone know what I should do from here? Do I use a command that will reinstall the video driver? Or are there some commands that can identify the problem? I’m using an AMD RX 560 card with whatever drivers Manjaro defaults to upon installation. Thanks!
EDIT: Below is the guide I followed, in error. It doesn’t seem like following it should’ve resulted in this issue, but hey, you never know.
I am not sure what exactly you are trying to do, but to make windows transparent you could use Kvantum, or alternatively this method which does not require any additional program and can be done with KWin settings only:
- Right click on the window decoratation of any window and select “More” -> “Special Window Settings”.
- Under “Window Role”, select “Unimportant” from the drop down menu.
- Under “Window Type”, select everything but Splash Screen and Desktop.
- Click on “Add Properties” in the bottom left, enter “Opacity” in the search bar and click on both options (active + inactive) that appear.
- Set the slider to whatever percent you want the opacity to be for both active and inactive windows, then select “Enforce” from the drop down menu. Click on OK.
- This only changes the transparency for one window type/application. If you want to set transparency for all windows/applications, select “Unimportant” from the “Window Class” dropdown menu.
To make the transparency look better, go to System Settings -> Window Management -> KWin Scripts, click on “Get New Skripts” and search for “Force Blur”. After you have added it, select it from the list of skripts and apply.