Strange YaST and openSUSE 11.2 KDE problems

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http://forums.opensuse.org – This morning when I turned on my PC, I noticed that YaST was having a problem refreshing the repository list, giving an error that it was unable to download the necessary .xml files. I looked around and was able to do this in the CLI with "zypper ref", followed by "zypper up" which updated 1 package. All seemed good, except YaST was still giving the same error regarding the repos. The Software Update Applet was also showing the same error. Also, my firewall settings were suddenly lost, as far as I could tell (the firewall was still on, but the list of ports I opened was nowhere to be found). Turning the firewall off didn't help solving any of these problems, btw. Then I noticed that I couldn't connect to my MSN account with Kmess, because the "service was unavailable. Unexpected end of file", or something (I'm sorry, I can't seem to recall the exact words). I could, however, connect fine with eBuddy.com from my browser. The reason I mention these seemingly unrelated problems is because this sort of thing has happen to me before with openSUSE 11.2. Overnight, I was unable to browse any sites with Firefox, although Konqueror worked. Kmess and YaST were giving the same errors as today. The strange thing is when I created another user account, and logged in, everything worked fine... At that time I simply didn't bothered to investigate further and reinstalled openSUSE. This time, after checking that everything worked in a new account, I tried logging back to my usual account and, lo and behold, everything was working normally... YaST refreshes the repo list fine (sometimes it takes a while, but I think that's normal) and Kmess connects alright. This time, fortunately, didn't have any problems with my current browsers (Chrome and Firefox, I've uninstalled Konq). I'm using openSUSE 11.2 with KDE 4.4 RC3, btw, but I'm not sure if that's to blame. The last time I had these problems I was using 4.3.4, from the KDE43 repo. (Distributions)