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Desktop is not showing anything.
« on: June 17, 2017, 03:17:14 pm »
I installed peppermint and found out that the desktop is completely empty. The desktop is having a background image but nothing else. Panel is working fine but there is not icons on desktop and right clicking also does not respond to anything. I already have Variety installed but even it is not changing background image on desktop. What should I do to make it working?   :-\
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Re: Desktop is not showing anything.
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2017, 03:24:43 pm »
Can you post the result of
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Re: Desktop is not showing anything.
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2017, 03:27:55 pm »
Yeah! Here is the output:
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System:    Host: assistance Kernel: 4.8.0-040800-generic x86_64 (64 bit)
           Desktop: N/A Distro: Peppermint Seven
Machine:   Mobo: Acer model: Aspire E5-511 v: V1.07
           Bios: Acer v: V1.07 date: 12/08/2014
CPU:       Quad core Intel Pentium N3530 (-MCP-) cache: 1024 KB
           clock speeds: max: 2582 MHz 1: 2582 MHz 2: 2582 MHz 3: 582 MHz
           4: 586 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel Atom Processor Z36xxx/Z37xxx Series Graphics & Display
           Display Server: X.Org 1.18.4 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1366x768@59.99hz
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Bay Trail GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 12.0.6
Audio:     Card Intel Atom Processor Z36xxx/Z37xxx Series High Definition Audio Controller
           driver: snd_hda_intel
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.8.0-040800-generic
Network:   Card-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller
           driver: r8169
           IF: enp1s0f1 state: down mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Qualcomm Atheros QCA9565 / AR9565 Wireless Network Adapter
           driver: ath9k
           IF: wlp2s0 state: up mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 500.1GB (5.5% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: ST500LT012 size: 500.1GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 34G used: 22G (70%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda11
           ID-2: swap-1 size: 4.00GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda1
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 61.0C mobo: N/A
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 240 Uptime: 37 min Memory: 1723.7/3839.3MB
           Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 2.2.35

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Re: Desktop is not showing anything.
« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2017, 03:48:28 pm »
Okay, I'm not familiar with Variety so can't comment on that.

After a fresh install there would not be any icons on the desktop.  The only image would be that of your wallpaper.  Is that what you get?

Just to verify, you are not getting a menu when you right click on the desktop?  Can you use the panel menu? 


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Re: Desktop is not showing anything.
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2017, 04:55:53 pm »
Have you stopped nemo from controlling the desktop ?

And did you keep a home partition from a previous installation ?
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Re: Desktop is not showing anything.
« Reply #5 on: June 18, 2017, 11:40:41 am »
Okay, I'm not familiar with Variety so can't comment on that.

After a fresh install there would not be any icons on the desktop.  The only image would be that of your wallpaper.  Is that what you get?

Just to verify, you are not getting a menu when you right click on the desktop?  Can you use the panel menu?

Yes, there are no icons. Only background image on desktop.

And, I can use panel menu but as we get right click menu on clicking any blank space on desktop. I am not getting that.

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Re: Desktop is not showing anything.
« Reply #6 on: June 18, 2017, 11:42:26 am »
Have you stopped nemo from controlling the desktop ?

And did you keep a home partition from a previous installation ?

I am not sure if I have stopped it or not. Actually I tried certain methods to solve this issue and maybe I have stopped it doing that unknowingly.

And yes I restored home partition from a previous Ubuntu mate 15.10 installation.

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Re: Desktop is not showing anything.
« Reply #7 on: June 18, 2017, 11:46:41 am »
Start with a clean partition. Creating a new user might work, if you can. The old home partition will cause all sorts of problems.

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Re: Desktop is not showing anything.
« Reply #8 on: June 18, 2017, 11:59:15 am »
Start with a clean partition. Creating a new user might work, if you can. The old home partition will cause all sorts of problems.

I created a new user but it didn't help. I can neither change the wallpaper nor get a right click menu still.

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Re: Desktop is not showing anything.
« Reply #9 on: June 18, 2017, 12:05:02 pm »
You might as well reinstall without any leftovers from different versions. That's the recommended way of doing it.

Obviously back up any personal data that you want to keep first.

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Re: Desktop is not showing anything.
« Reply #10 on: June 18, 2017, 12:19:33 pm »
Any other workaround for this?

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Re: Desktop is not showing anything.
« Reply #11 on: June 18, 2017, 02:33:35 pm »
Hi abhaymanlyar, welcome to Peppermint. Do you get anything when you right click on the desktop?
What was I thinking?

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Re: Desktop is not showing anything.
« Reply #12 on: June 18, 2017, 06:49:54 pm »
Good question alynur, because I'm beginning to think the OP thinks this is pure Xfce and is expecting desktop icons and a right-click context menu "applications" menu.

This is NOT pure Xfce, so you will NOT get a right-click "applications" menu .. right-clicking the desktop will only get you the nemo file actions for the desktop.

and desktop icons, if you mean "Computer", "Trash" and "Mounted Volumes" .. these can be enabled, but they are not out of the box (as they are in Xfce).

So can the OP answer alynurs question please .. what happens when you right-click on the desktop ?
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Re: Desktop is not showing anything.
« Reply #13 on: June 20, 2017, 08:32:05 am »
Thank you for welcoming me.
I am not getting any menu on right clicking the desktop. I was expecting a nemo right click file action menu only but unfortunately I am not getting any kind of response.

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Re: Desktop is not showing anything.
« Reply #14 on: June 20, 2017, 08:40:00 am »
If you open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run:
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do you now have a right-click context menu on the desktop ?

Is the desktop displaying the wallpaper ? .. and are you able to change the wallpaper ?
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