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Old 09-28-2008, 12:03 PM   #1
Registered: Sep 2003
Location: Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Distribution: Ubuntu Hardy
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Can't change background image

I am unable to change the background picture on Ubuntu Hardy, either using the Appearance setting from the System menu or by right clicking the desktop.

When I run the command "gnome-appearance-properties %F" as root I get the following message:

Unable to start the settings manager 'gnome-settings-daemon'.
Without the GNOME settings manager running, some preferences may not take effect. This could indicate a problem with Bonobo, or a non-GNOME (e.g. KDE) settings manager may already be active and conflicting with the GNOME settings manager.

My system runs Compiz but is otherwise standard.

Old 09-29-2008, 09:14 AM   #2
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Ubuntu 8.04 with Compiz (same config here) outputs that error when using that command because it's not the desktop configuration tool that has priority.

Do you have access to adding / removing wallpapers or just everything is grayed out?

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Last edited by Nightfish; 10-22-2008 at 12:56 PM.
Old 09-29-2008, 09:49 AM   #3
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I have access to all the buttons, infact it pulls up a naultilus window to select a new picture but then does not add it. I can change from the standard backgrounds but cannot add to the list.


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