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Desktop Background image won't change (solved)

Postby DeepBlunder on Tue Jun 26, 2012 3:16 pm

When I right click on the desktop, I get a pop-up menu with the option "Change Desktop Background." When I select that option nothing happens.

When right click on an image in the file menus I get the option "Set as wallpaper" but again nothing happens.

Presently I am unable to change my desktop background image.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks.

Linux Mint Xfce 4.8
3x AMD Athlon II X3 445
8 gig memory
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Re: Desktop Background image won't change

Postby zerozero on Tue Jun 26, 2012 5:31 pm

i believe you should have this path:
menu > settings > settings manager > desktop
can you check?
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Re: Desktop Background image won't change

Postby DeepBlunder on Tue Jun 26, 2012 10:23 pm

Yes I do have that path and when used a window named Desktop opens.

When I select the Background tab and select a new image on the list, the desktop image still doesn't change. In fact, it is stuck on an image that doesn't even show up in the list on the Background tab. Previously when I clicked on an image from that tab it would have changed the desktop image right away.

Thanks very much.
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Re: Desktop Background image won't change

Postby zerozero on Tue Jun 26, 2012 10:32 pm

ahh, so i believe that your problem is other: somehow you have nautilus handling the desktop.
nautilus got installed in lmde xfce as a dep, you really don't need it (you already have a file manager: thunar)
you can try this (will only perform a dry-run, if you are happy with the output remove the -s switch and do the real thing)
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sudo apt-get remove -s nautilus
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Re: Desktop Background image won't change

Postby jjaythomas on Tue Jun 26, 2012 10:37 pm

Is this a LMDE-XFCE install?
or a
Mint (Ubuntu) install with a XFCE desktop installed over?
or a
'Regular' LMDE with XFCE installed on top?
or a
Earlier version (>9) of Mint xfce?

Inquiring minds like to know :)
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Edit AW beat me to it thought 'Nautilus strikes again' :mrgreen: ALSO
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Re: Desktop Background image won't change (solved)

Postby DeepBlunder on Wed Jun 27, 2012 12:48 am

zerozero I removed nautilus and can now change my desktop image once again. Thanks very much!

J.Jay This is a LMDE-XFCE install.
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Re: Desktop Background image won't change (solved)

Postby jjaythomas on Wed Jun 27, 2012 7:45 am

Yes I surmised is LMDE

The first thing I advise on a LMDE64 (XFCE) install is to uninstall nautilus (causes quite a few problems). OR install "Swift linux (LMDE based) and install XFCE and XFCE-Goodies and use a MDM session also, If a 32bit.
Only thing I'm aware will effect for most people is no burner (brasero) that you can install xfburn (no nautilus dependency) :wink:

P.S. The XFCE spin (Maya base) was abroved for RC :D

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Re: Desktop Background image won't change (solved)

Postby zerozero on Wed Jun 27, 2012 8:31 am

DeepBlunder wrote:zerozero I removed nautilus and can now change my desktop image once again. Thanks very much!

J.Jay This is a LMDE-XFCE install.

if you want to go deeper in this problem (nautilus in lmde-xfce) open a terminal and post the output of
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 dpkg --get-selections | grep nautilus
this will tell us the nautilus dep that you still have in your system. not all of then will be easy to remove but can be done (and this way you won't have again nautilus knocking at your door)

in my lmde-xfce running in vb
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zerozero@xfce-vb ~ $ dpkg --get-selections | grep nautilus
libnautilus-extension1            deinstall
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