Is the desktop area just black? I had that happen when I didn't install a dependency of Nautilus. In my case, it was cdparanoia-whatever.tgz.
Open a terminal and type "nautilus". What happens?
Nope, the background is blue like for usual gnome initial startup except there are NO icons whatsoever. I tried nautilus in the console and it wouldnt work it said there was a missing library cdparanoia or something, so I installed it from the slackware cd and after a reboot I typed in nautilus in the xconsole and it started and I got the icons going. It doesn't look perfectly clean a little error is thrown but its working still
THanks a bunch!!!
Kindda weird that an essential library wouldnt get installed like that by default though. Oh well.....happy its solved.