Firstly just want to say that my issue I have is a result of being pretty stupid when it comes to computers and I'm sorry to take up people's time but if anyone could help I would very much appreciate it. My laptop runs Nautilus - Though I was left this computer by someone so I don't really know how to work it.
Anyway, what I wanted to do is change the user name in the log in settings. I thought it was just be pretty simple and straight forward but it wasn't and then what I have actually ended up doing is deleting the home directory that had the old name so now when I start up the computer it no longer starts up properly and I can't log in properly to even try and fix it.
I made a new home folder in the new name and transferred the contents there and then it said 'do you want to delete the old folder - it is ok to do so if you have made a copy in the new folder' or something like that. So I did. (I thought this would just change the name - that's all I wanted to do) Then everything was gone in the original home directory/folder (for instance when I clicked on any files or pictures on the desktop anywhere it said 'not found') and I got really worried all my stuff was gone but then I found a new folder in the new name that I had created somewhere and that had all my stuff in so I know it is still there. I thought then at least I still have my stuff.
Anyway, this was until I turned the laptop off. Now when I try and turn it on I get the following error pop ups in this order:
Could not update. ICEauthorityfile/home/username.ICEauthority /usr/lib/libgconf2-4/gconf-sanity-check-2 was exited with status 256
Then it says these folders don't exist
/home/username/desktop,/home/username/.nautilus You need to create the folders or set permissions or something.
Then it is just a blank background and I can't do anything at all. I can only log out, lock the session, shut down, restart etc. But there is just nothing else there.
Basically, I know this is probably a really stupid problem but I honestly don't know how to work this system so if anyone can help I would be so grateful. I just need to know how I can get back into the computer to get my stuff. I presume I need to recreate the deleted home folder with the old name. Or maybe create the the new folders with the new name?
I honestly don't know. This all probably didn't make any sense. Anyway if anyone can help please let me know.
Thank you so much!