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I have a problem booting into Mandrake 8.2 using LILO. I have Mandy on a partition and Win 2k on another. If I try to boot Mandy it hangs just before the 'entering non-interactive startup' part. To get into Linux I need to boot into Windows and then reboot the machine. It will then go in everytime, but I can't reboot from Linux and go straight back in, it needs to go into Windows again. It's really starting to bug me!
Also Running Gnome I have no icons on my desltop and can't click/drag boxes or anything on it. When I first come into Gnome it doesn't display my background either. If I open the bachground config it shows the background I want as being selected and if I click apply it will then update and show it on the desktop.
I think (Ha!) that it has somethign to do with the 'Use nautilus to display desktop' option. If I logon as root it is all fine and the option 'use nautilus to display desktop' is ticked. If I logon as me that option isn't there.
i don't know about the booting, i only have linux.
but the other problem, if your nautilus solution doesn't work, is probably related to what window manager you are running. you can check that in the gnome control panel. sawfish is the one most integrated. i know that when i tried some of the others they behaved as you mentioned and had control panels for themselves separate from the gnome control panel that controlled backgrounds and such. some window managers have different paradigms and don't let you have icons directly on the desktop. anyway, good luck.
I'm running a standard pc. 1400 Athlon, 256mb, 40gb hdd.
I tried from a boot disk made in Drakfloppy and it boots fine from that.
It more the other problem with the desktop not working that's bothering me know. I created a new user and that one works fine and has the 'use nautilus to draw desktop' option there. It's just that I have this user set up the way I want it and it has all of my mail etc. I don't fancy having to do it all again.