Based on what you say, nothing was wrong..
- Can you logon as the original user name
--however you logon for now with new admin user ?from a terminal, try this
- alt F1
sudo /etc/init.d stop
--login as the original user name
sudo /etc/init.d start
--desktop appears as ?
- Run the gconf-edit again
try unsetting [x]trash_icon_visible
--you can use the trash icon in mint menu>Places>Trash
, to open or empty the trash
--you can also see it in ~/.local/share/Trash/ (alt H or h (both work) to show hidden files in your /home/user-name directory)); user-name is the logged in user
Or you could try creating a name for trash (trash_icon_name), which is initially set as [no value>, uses the system's default name Trash: and seeing if that works
Screenshot of that selection..