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Author Topic: black desktop  (Read 1374 times)


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black desktop
« on: October 07, 2007, 08:08:36 pm »

I was showing off a VL box to an interested party. I introduced and demonstrated the command "htop" as the Linux equivalent to Task Manager. I may have moved the cursor down the list with the arrow keys. I closed the terminal window by clicking the "X" in the upper right corner. Result: all the desktop icons disappeared. I right-clicked the desktop space and the desktop turned completely black except for the task bar at the bottom.

To recover the desktop, I reconfigured Xorg via VASM from TUI. Negative results. Finally, I opened Display settings on the black desktop and "Allow Xfce to control the Desktop" was de-selected in that dialog. Re-checking this option recovered the desktop and icons.

What happened?
« Last Edit: October 08, 2007, 04:57:52 am by nubcnubdo »


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Re: black desktop
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2007, 07:18:05 am »

You must have killed one of the xfce processes with htop.
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