Hello, and a question

NoOp glgxg at sbcglobal.net
Sun Feb 7 00:57:05 UTC 2010

On 02/06/2010 04:28 AM, Chuck Kuecker wrote:
> NoOp wrote:
>> On 02/05/2010 05:32 PM, Chuck Kuecker wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> I just upgraded my system from 9.04 to 9.10. It works fine, but I cannot 
>>> get the desktop to display any background wallpaper. It's just a black 
>>> screen.
>>> The wallpaper in 9.04 worked fine. Is this a bug in 9.10, or is there a 
>>> secret I need to find out?
>> Perhaps the theme you were using in 9.04 is no longer supported and/or
>> available? Try simply right clicking on the desktop, select 'Change
>> Desktop Background' and select one of the backgrounds. If that works,
>> then it probably is the old theme background.
> That's the problem. Regardless of which theme or background I choose, I 
> get a black background.
> Some other items that might give a hint. When I said I "upgraded", I 
> meant I reinstalled 9.04, and upgraded to 9.10 after it finished - I had 
> serious problems with the package manager that needed a clean reinstall. 
> That worked out for me - problems are gone in the package manager.
> I tried to set up a screen saver, and got strange results, such as some 
> of the screen saver preview shots getting "stuck" on top of the menu 
> boxes needed to change things - at one point, the screen saver locked up 
> the computer. I've got the generic flying text screen saver up now, so 
> the monitor will shut down after I walk away for a bit, but I would 
> really like to get the neat engine animation saver I had in the old 9.04 
> installation back. I'm wondering if the screen saver upset somehow broke 
> the wallpaper.

You might try booting to recovery mode & running the dpkg option. Could
be that the "upgrade" didn't complete properly. Following that, continue
to boot normally; if you get the cli prompt, go ahead and login using
your standard username and password & then 'startx' - or reboot & login
normally. After logging back in to the desktop, open a terminal and try:

$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get upgrade
$ sudo apt-get install -f

Let us know what the results are.

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