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    Question Screen has desktop but no icons or taskbar

    Hello everyone,

    I am running openSUSE 11.2 GNOME on a Toshiba P3 laptop. Lately after logging in all I see is a green desktop without any icons or even the taskbar at the bottom. I have to reboot and choose the fail-safe boot option, logout then log back in. This is a very annoying and recurring problem.

    Could you show me how to fix it? Thanks.


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    What videocard does your laptop have? Do you use compiz?
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    Quote Originally Posted by taytong888
    Hello everyone,

    I am running openSUSE 11.2 GNOME on a Toshiba P3 laptop. Lately after
    logging in all I see is a green desktop without any icons or even the
    taskbar at the bottom. I have to reboot and choose the fail-safe boot
    option, logout then log back in. This is a very annoying and recurring
    problem.

    Could you show me how to fix it? Thanks.

    Hi
    It's a bug in metacity;
    https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=555027
    http://forums.opensuse.org/install-b...wallpaper.html

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    Hi,

    No, I don't use compiz as far as I know, but will check.

    My laptop has an old Trident Cyberblade XP video card.

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    Ok. I saw metacity as one of the installed software. Should I remove it for the time being until the next fix is released?

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    Quote Originally Posted by taytong888
    Ok. I saw metacity as one of the installed software. Should I remove it
    for the time being until the next fix is released?
    Hi
    No, you need to download it and update your existing one. What are you
    using 32 or 64bit? Or post the output from the command;
    Code:
    uname -a
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    Yes I saw compiz as one of the installed packages but just wondering if it's indeed the"culprit" but not "metacity".

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    Hi malcolmlewis,

    Here's the output of uname -a:

    uname -a
    Linux linux-yhaa 2.6.31.8-0.1-default #1 SMP 2009-12-15 23:55:40 +0100 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux

    Sorry I don't quite understand what you meant by "download it and update your existing one". Are you referring to two different or the same metacity packages? What should I download?

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    Default Re: Screen has desktop but no icons or taskbar

    Quote Originally Posted by taytong888
    Hi malcolmlewis,

    Here's the output of uname -a:

    uname -a
    Linux linux-yhaa 2.6.31.8-0.1-default #1 SMP 2009-12-15 23:55:40 +0100
    i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux

    Sorry I don't quite understand what you meant by "download it and
    update your existing one". Are you referring to two different or the
    same metacity packages? What should I download?
    Hi
    Grab this one;
    http://download.opensuse.org/update/...2.6.1.i586.rpm

    Then log in to a console session via ctrl+alt+F1 and login as your
    user, then cd to the location of the downloaded file, then;
    Code:
    sudo rpm -Uhv metacity-2.28.0-2.6.1.i586.rpm
    exit
    Then press ctrl+alt+F7 and then press ctl+alt+backspace but press the
    backspace key twice to restart the X server.

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    Hello again malcolmlewis,

    Thanks for your help. Your advice works! I should point out that after typing in thes udo command to install the new metacity package I got an on-screen lecture about respecting others, etc.. I could have typed su, entered root password then rpm, etc.

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