Thanks for the quick reply! Well I used xsetbg to set the background image (using blackbox as window manager) and then ran Eterm -O to see if transperancies . Eterm returns the error message to that it is 'unable locate the desktop window' and to set the background with Esetroot. I try running Esetroot but Esetroot always returns the error that it is unable to load the image file (which I was able to load using xsetbg). Any ideas anyone?