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I am running Ubuntu 12.04 on my laptop for some time now. Since the first day only I have been facing the problem with icon images of some application not appearing up. It causes a lot of inconvenience in locating/identifying an application to be launched.

I have updated my Ubuntu with the latest build today only but still the problem persists.

I have googled around and tried everything relevant available out there but with no success.

Please note that reinstalling Ubuntu is NOT an option right now.

Missing icons

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sorry , it didnt allow me to upload image. – Smk Sep 23 '12 at 12:02
I don't think new users can post images. Just post it on imgur or somewhere and link to it, then someone with sufficient privileges can edit your post and include it inline. – Scott Severance Sep 23 '12 at 12:05
Thank you Scott for suggestion. Here is the link to the image – Smk Sep 23 '12 at 12:28
apply a different theme and then revert to the default theme – green Sep 23 '12 at 12:41
@green7 Changing themes and then revert back indeed did work, though I had to repeat it a few times. I had to restart the system for launcher icons images to be displayed. Thanks a lot. – Smk Sep 23 '12 at 17:24
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  • Apply a different theme and revert to the default one.
  • Restart.
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You seem to be having a couple of issues:

  • It seems gnome-settings-daemon is perhaps not running, which sets which themes to use.
  • You seem to possibly be missing the gnome-icon-theme and/or light-themes packages.

It's hard to say for sure if the second point is true, but this first one definitely is. If you right-click on the background and choose to change the background, do the icons, top bar, and fonts change, if only for a moment? You may be seeing the result of gnome-settings-daemon crashing for some reason, and you should file a bug report about it. It cannot be solved simply through askubuntu.

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I changed the background and it would change top bar and fonts but then I applied "green7" suggestion and modified the theme. After a few theme changes and reverts I suddenly got the icon images on desktop items, however the launcher icons images displayed only after restart. Thank you. – Smk Sep 23 '12 at 17:21

Drag the icon from unity dash to the launcher.

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