Grief with GNOME

Andrew Mathenge mathenge at
Mon Aug 25 12:40:25 UTC 2008

Assuming that it's just your GNOME profile that's broken, try creating
a second user
on your system and log in as that user. If the second profile looks OK
then perhaps the
best thing might be to remove the GNOME configuration folders from
your own profile
and reconfigure your desktop.

Try the following:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure gnome-desktop-data
sudo dpkg-reconfigure gnome-control-center
sudo dpkg-reconfigure gnome-menus
sudo dpkg-reconfigure gnome-system-tools
sudo dpkg-reconfigure gnome-applets
sudo dpkg-reconfigure gnome-session


On Sat, Aug 23, 2008 at 3:52 PM, Ralph Pichie <thevillagegeek at> wrote:
> GNOME has gone completely haywire over the last few days. The random
> rearrangement of top panel icons was irritating, but now it can't
> render a wallpaper correctly at the left side of the screen, either
> showing the wallpaper at a wrong resolution or showing a different
> image entirely. Worse, it no longer displays any theme correctly,
> Reinstalling themes does not seem to improve the situation.
> Emerald theme manager and Compiz are both installed. This did not
> cause any error before.
> What I have tried: disabling compiz, reinstalling themes, tweaking
> settings for the Titlebar in Emerald theme details, switching themes.
> I have tried numerous things to fix the background display glitch,
> without success. I even removed the custom panel at the left, but no
> improvement.
> OTOH, KDE works fine, so it's back to that for now.
> Any suggestions? I'm ready to even remove GNOME and reinstall, though
> I really don't want to do that.
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