Missing desktop with many programs not working.

I have been using OpenSuse 11.1 (gnome) for a few weeks with smooth
sailing. Out of the blue my desktop disappeared. I shut the computer
off on Friday night, and when it started up on Monday there were no
icons or background. I logged off, then on as a different user,
rebooted, did a repair install, all with no success. I then tried to
open a file manager to review some configuration files, but couldn’t
find a single one that would work. I can open a terminal, Gimp,
OpenOffice, Yast, but not VirtualBox, any file managers, and others.
Any ideas? Does anyone know what configuration files would be involved
or how to resolve this. I searched the forum and google but was not
successful. Thanks in advance!


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