I don't know if this is a newbie question but lets take a stab
Linux Mint 13(maya)
First off I want tell my story...
My uncle gave me a laptop and asked can I fix it. I said sure thinking about how I fix mostly windows OS computers but come to find out ... it Linux ... He couldn't log in and needed me to fix the password which I did with the Gnu Grub menu ... after I logged in i found out that you can't do anything after it loads up but four error messages popped up before that ... One reads "The panel encountered a problem while loading OAFIID:Mate_mintMenu" ... next read "The path for the directory containing caja settings need read and write permissions: /home/username/.config/caja" ... another one reads "Could not update ICEauthority file /home/username/.ICEauthority" ... and lastly this one reads "There is a problem with the configuration server. (/usr/lib/MateConf/mateconf-sanity-check-2 exited with status 256)
Help would be very appreciated