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After I tried to mount a Windows FAT partition, all my icons on the desktop disappeared. I tried to log out and log in to the system. But the icons never appear again. Normally, when I tried to mount a cdrom in a console, a cdrom icon would also appear. But this time, it didn't show up. Even though I right-clicked on the desktop, the pop-up menu did not appear.
Does anyone know what's going on with my desktop? Did I corrupt something? Many thanks.
If your running RedHat 7.0 or similar, the icons are painted by "gmc" (Gnome Midnight Commander). If your running later versions of RedHat, the icons are painted by nautilus.
Try looking for either by doing a "ps -ecl | grep gmc" or "ps -ecl | grep naut". If you see either running, try killing them off (either file manager will re-spwan), ie: "killall gmc" or "killall nautilus".
I think I'm having the same trouble.
Ubuntu 6.06 and Gnome.
First I lost my background and now I've lost all my icons.
Can someone tell me how to fix this?
I've tried posting the question on Ubuntu Forum with no answers yet (been there a month), getting a little fed up looking at a black screen.
I had the same problem.
Try to open a console and type nautilus.
OK, it look like some kind of magic but it completely fixed the problem in my case.
I am a real novice, but I have lost desktop, the only thing it will do is right click, and gives me a few options change background etc. How do u open a console or terminal with no menus etc ? please help