After the upgrade from 12.10 to 13.04 my desktop background turns black after I try to set a image for that. How to fix it?
This is my desktop screen:
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I tried this and it worked!
gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.background active true
update 2021 with ubuntu 21.10
if the above dosen't work you might need to follow this
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/shemgp/gnome-40/ubuntu/ hirsute main
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade sudo apt-get install ubuntu-gnome-desktop --reinstall
Having the same problem.
A workaround I've found through random clicking is to turn on desktop icons.
This can be done with dconf-editor or ubuntu-tweak-tool. The second is the easiest:
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-tweak-tool
Then launch it from the menu.
Under System/Desktop Icons you'll find a toggle to enable icons on the desktop. Switch this on, and suddenly -- wallpaper! This stays there if you turn off desktop icons but disappears again on login.
I've just allowed desktop icons to stay enabled, but simply any from my desktop.
Right click isn't working for me either...cause the desktop is not handled by file manager now.
Try doing reset of dconf/
unity --reset... but it makes lose all your settings...I've found one link:
Maybe this can help.
SOME DETAILS: (from link, with minor edit for clarity)
.. you can reset the settings from terminal. (CTRL+ALT+T).
or just Ctrl+Alt+F1.
"You will lose all of your settings .. even the background. .. apply the commands below one at time."
Check your spelling, and/or print this first.
gconftool --shutdown sudo killall -r -I gconf sudo killall -r -I dconf rm -rf .compiz* .gconf* .config/dconf/ .config/compiz*
sudo shutdown -r now
I got my desktop with these steps
I got my desktop screen back with those steps
You need to purge the PPA from GNOME3. This is probably the issue here an update could cause the problem from this PPA.
I had similar issues for 13.04 and purging this solved it.
Open terminal & follow these steps:
sudo apt-get install ppa-purge sudo ppa-purge ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3 sudo apt-get update
I had this problem when I installed Ubuntu-Gnome 13.10. For me, in order to use a background, I can not use the settings as they just leave me a white screen. Instead, I choose any screen I want to use with Firefox. I right click on the image and choose to use as background. This actually works with the options for stretch, fit, tile, etc.