Originally Posted by steve francis
When I click on a folder under the Places menu or start File Manager, the File Manager window appears. When I then click on any file or folder to open it, File Manager just freezes.
I then have to force quit and receive the error message "File Manager not responding".
When I force quit my desktop items are missing!
I thought that I would report back because I have made some progress (or at least have more useful information).
The problem may possibly be a file that is in my user folder (i.e. in /home/me)
What I did to arrive at the above conclusion:
I installed Midnight Commander, a Norton Commander look-alike, so that I could easily move files around from the command line:
sudo apt-get install mc
I then pressed CTrl+Alt+F1 to get out of the gnome desktop. I logged in and, to start Midnight Commander, typed
I then created a folder called "oldgnome" and moved the following files and folders from /home/me to /home/me/oldgnome:
plus a lot of PDF, SVG and TIF files that I had saved in my /home/me folder.
I pressed Alt+F7 to get back to the desktop and rebooted the computer.
Following reboot, when I clicked on 'Places', 'Home Folder' the problem seemed to have disappeared. I could access all folders without File Manager freezing.
However, when I clicked on the 'oldgnome' folder to open it, the folder opened to show the files within and the window froze so I had to force quit.
(Don't forget, the files in oldgnome are the files that were originally in the /home/me folder which comes up as the default window when you start File Manager. That's why I think that my problem lies with one of these files.)
So as long as I don't click on the oldgnome folder, I am operational again.
I now need to experiment to find out what file(s) were causing the problem.