Icons, controls themes don't work after clean install

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Icons, controls themes don't work after clean install

Postby efim on Mon Aug 11, 2014 11:43 pm

I have installed Linux Mint 17, after an hour icons and controls changed from sleak\pretty to windows 98 style: see screenshot attached.
I tryed to change them through the System Settings/Appearance/Themes/Other Settings, but it only works for cursor and window borders - controls and icons do not change.
I freaked out a little and reinstalled whole system, for a while it was fine, but now day after there is the same trouble.
I am using cinnamon.
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Re: Icons, controls themes don't work after clean install

Postby kyphi on Tue Aug 12, 2014 4:11 am

What happens if you type in a terminal
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nemo -q
and then click on your File Manager icon in your Main Menu? Does that restore the display?

Did you install a proprietary graphics driver and then try to remove it?
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Re: Icons, controls themes don't work after clean install

Postby efim on Tue Aug 12, 2014 6:32 am

kyphi wrote:What happens if you type in a terminal
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nemo -q
and then click on your File Manager icon in your Main Menu? Does that restore the display?

Did you install a proprietary graphics driver and then try to remove it?


When I ran this command in terminal for about thirty seconds icons from desktop dissapeared (Computer and Home) and I couldn't open context menu with right-click. Then they reappeared exactly as they were before.
I did install proprietary graphics driver using Mints Driver Manager, I installed (recommended) nVidia driver, but I never tried to do anything to remove it.
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Re: Icons, controls themes don't work after clean install

Postby kdecouck on Wed Aug 13, 2014 3:11 pm

I've been following this topic ever since you posted it (incl. in the other section). My story is the same is yours: did a clean install of Linux Mint 17. I did have to change the default graphic driver to a proprietary one but other than that everything was fine for a while. Then at some point this brown folders theme would activate and icons/controls can't be changed anymore. Very annoying.
First I did the same you did: start over and reinstalled the entire OS. But the problem just occurs again.

I think I made some progress on what's causing it though. Are you using an external monitor? The first time this happened I was configuring those settings when both screens started flashing and everything went to hell. (I tried to change the default position of the second monitor from right to left). This is when that brown folder theme popped up and my graphics freaked out.
The second time I didn't change anything to the default screen position. But then with a second monitor attached, it would pop up by itself. So I have reason to believe it is connected to the graphics driver and/or when graphics are updated for multiple monitors. Strongest evidence yet: Try booting up with no external monitor attached. The theme should revert to its proper icon set and theme controls become functional again.

Not sure how to fix it though. At least you know the bug is there for other users as well.
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Re: Icons, controls themes don't work after clean install

Postby kyphi on Thu Aug 14, 2014 12:25 am

It is good to read another perspective on this puzzle.

I have experienced this display corruption too and have been unable to fix it except with a re-install and by NOT installing the nvidia driver. Yes, it definitely is a graphics issue and I am tempted to lay the blame on the nvidia driver yet there must be many users whose computers work fine with that driver. I have not read of any problems occurring with Radeon cards or their driver.

Three laptops in my household do not require any proprietary graphics drivers and are display problem free. Another desktop computer running Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon has a nvidia graphics card but runs perfectly well with the nouveau driver.

Instructing Nemo to quit (nemo -q) and restarting Nemo from the main Menu was the only way I found that would restore the display. This manoeuvre had to be repeated on each boot.
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Re: Icons, controls themes don't work after clean install

Postby efim on Thu Aug 14, 2014 5:38 am

@kdecouck - yes, I do have dual monitors, and after i rebooted with only one it indeed reverted icons and contorls themes.
Thanks for your information!
Now i will try to test dual monitors with other graphical drivers (since I use linux almost exclusively for work and don't need performance) and i guess file a bug ticket...

Does this mean that we have to change topic title to [solved]? =)
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Re: Icons, controls themes don't work after clean install

Postby kdecouck on Thu Aug 14, 2014 9:46 pm

efim wrote:@kdecouck - yes, I do have dual monitors, and after i rebooted with only one it indeed reverted icons and contorls themes.
Thanks for your information!
Now i will try to test dual monitors with other graphical drivers (since I use linux almost exclusively for work and don't need performance) and i guess file a bug ticket...
Does this mean that we have to change topic title to [solved]? =)


We didn't really solve it yet, just pinpointed the problem to the nvidia graphical driver. I tried some of the other drivers, but none of them work so far. If you find a working replacement please post it here!
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Re: Icons, controls themes don't work after clean install

Postby kdecouck on Wed Aug 20, 2014 8:09 pm

More news on this bug:
I've determined that what it does is change and lock your icons and controls theme to the 'gnome' theme regardless of what theme you have selected. The problem occurs whenever an external monitor is connected, with the nvidia-331 driver (331.38-0ubuntu7.1).

My solution was to manually replace the gnome theme with the theme I have selected. To do this, navigate to the icons directory which is
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/usr/share/icons/

As sudo, rename the gnome directory into something like 'gnome_backup' (your icons will turn into error icons), create a new directory called 'gnome' and copy all files from your desired theme into the new gnome directory.
Next reinitialize the theme by typing
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nemo -q

And clicking the file manager.
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Re: Icons, controls themes don't work after clean install

Postby buckethead on Sun Sep 14, 2014 9:24 am

Strange as this switch to brown and locking the icons/control themes happened to me as well, but I'm not using any proprietary drivers. This is a desktop with one external monitor, no dual monitor.
nemo -q returned it to normal

What's even stranger is that I first noticed the icons switching to brown after an update, but the control theme was the original mint. After a power outage and restart, the control theme switched over as well. So far, restarting hasn't brought it back, quitting nemo just the once seemed to do the trick.
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Re: Icons, controls themes don't work after clean install

Postby Panther353 on Sun Sep 14, 2014 10:22 am

I am having this exact issue. Thought I was going crazy. Only the Mint-X icons and controls seem to work. Everything else defaults to gnome.
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Re: Icons, controls themes don't work after clean install

Postby buckethead on Sun Sep 14, 2014 4:07 pm

I guess I spoke too soon. Just did a restart an hour ago and the gross brown has returned.

Like I said before, no proprietary drivers. Not only that, I'm running an ATI Radeon 2400. Seems this issue is not limited to nVidia
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Re: Icons, controls themes don't work after clean install

Postby Panther353 on Sun Sep 14, 2014 5:25 pm

I only just installed on Friday coming over from Ubuntu 14.04. I noticed previously that you said this occurred after an update for you. Any idea when that update applied and what it was?
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Re: Icons, controls themes don't work after clean install

Postby buckethead on Mon Sep 15, 2014 10:49 am

Noticed it after a round of updates, but not right away. Pretty sure the updates happened around the 11th. This is a clean install of 17 I did on the 3rd of Sept. coming over from 16 where I had no issues at all. It probably took me a day or two to even notice it happened, but at the same time I also realized it switched my wallpaper to the stock mint wallpaper. I can't be sure but it also seems that booting is taking a little longer than before. Maybe 10-20 seconds longer, but it's not like I've timed it. I have 17 on my netbook as well, and haven't seen the same issue.
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Re: Icons, controls themes don't work after clean install

Postby buckethead on Mon Sep 15, 2014 10:51 am

One more thing. I've noticed on booting, that when the panel first initializes the folder icons there are also brown, but then switch after a short moment to the mint green. Folder icons everywhere else stay brown until running nemo -q
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Re: Icons, controls themes don't work after clean install

Postby Panther353 on Mon Sep 15, 2014 1:02 pm

I did a VM last night and applied all the updates. Icons and controls seem to switch okay for the moment. It is a very odd issue.
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