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#1 2013-08-09 16:02:57

daisychick
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Registered: 2013-08-09
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xfce loads to gray screen

so, lately my computer has decided to start displaying a gray screen with psensor after boot.  I don't have a lot of exp with x windows so I'm not sure what to check. I know xfce is running because env shows a xdg session cookie and ps aux shows several xfce apps running. I've googled and searched this forum and I'm not really finding anything. Can someone point me down the right road to figure out what happened to my desktop? i should mention when I tried to take the screen shot below, the xfce screenshot app popped up so... clearly something is working. oh, and I did a ps aux | grep DM and the only thing that came up was lightdm. I'd appreciate any help and thanks in advance!

screenshot: http://imagehost.phoenix-nest.com/?di=613760638729

test@mediaserver:~$ echo $XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP

test@mediaserver:~$ echo $GDMSESSION

test@mediaserver:~$ sudo echo $GDMSESSION

test@mediaserver:~$ sudo echo $XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP

test@mediaserver:~$
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test@mediaserver:~$ ps aux | grep xfc
test      2139  0.0  0.4   6352  2404 ?        S    10:25   0:00 /usr/lib/xfce4/xfconf/xfconfd
test      2178  0.0  1.9 267044  9988 ?        Ssl  10:25   0:00 xfce4-volumed
test      2209  0.0  0.8  28548  4404 ?        Ssl  10:25   0:00 xfce4-power-manager
test      2210  0.0  0.7  21984  3944 ?        S    10:25   0:00 xfce4-settings-helper

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test@mediaserver:~$ env
TERM=xterm
SHELL=/bin/bash
XDG_SESSION_COOKIE=b178e1f13423e4148945c1440000000c-1376061763.297736-1256579944
SSH_CLIENT=172.0.0.5 60971 22
SSH_TTY=/dev/pts/0
USER=test
LS_COLORS=rs=0:di=01;34:ln=01;36:mh=00:pi=40;33:so=01;35:do=01;35:bd=40;33;01:cd=40;33;01:or=40;31;01:su=37;41:sg=30;43:ca=30;41:tw=30;42:ow=34;42:st=37;44:ex=01;32:*.tar=01;31:*.tgz=01;31:*.arj=01;31:*.taz=01;31:*.lzh=01;31:*.lzma=01;31:*.tlz=01;31:*.txz=01;31:*.zip=01;31:*.z=01;31:*.Z=01;31:*.dz=01;31:*.gz=01;31:*.lz=01;31:*.xz=01;31:*.bz2=01;31:*.bz=01;31:*.tbz=01;31:*.tbz2=01;31:*.tz=01;31:*.deb=01;31:*.rpm=01;31:*.jar=01;31:*.rar=01;31:*.ace=01;31:*.zoo=01;31:*.cpio=01;31:*.7z=01;31:*.rz=01;31:*.jpg=01;35:*.jpeg=01;35:*.gif=01;35:*.bmp=01;35:*.pbm=01;35:*.pgm=01;35:*.ppm=01;35:*.tga=01;35:*.xbm=01;35:*.xpm=01;35:*.tif=01;35:*.tiff=01;35:*.png=01;35:*.svg=01;35:*.svgz=01;35:*.mng=01;35:*.pcx=01;35:*.mov=01;35:*.mpg=01;35:*.mpeg=01;35:*.m2v=01;35:*.mkv=01;35:*.ogm=01;35:*.mp4=01;35:*.m4v=01;35:*.mp4v=01;35:*.vob=01;35:*.qt=01;35:*.nuv=01;35:*.wmv=01;35:*.asf=01;35:*.rm=01;35:*.rmvb=01;35:*.flc=01;35:*.avi=01;35:*.fli=01;35:*.flv=01;35:*.gl=01;35:*.dl=01;35:*.xcf=01;35:*.xwd=01;35:*.yuv=01;35:*.cgm=01;35:*.emf=01;35:*.axv=01;35:*.anx=01;35:*.ogv=01;35:*.ogx=01;35:*.aac=00;36:*.au=00;36:*.flac=00;36:*.mid=00;36:*.midi=00;36:*.mka=00;36:*.mp3=00;36:*.mpc=00;36:*.ogg=00;36:*.ra=00;36:*.wav=00;36:*.axa=00;36:*.oga=00;36:*.spx=00;36:*.xspf=00;36:
MAIL=/var/mail/test
PATH=/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/bin:/usr/games
PWD=/home/test
LANG=en_US.UTF-8
SHLVL=1
HOME=/home/test
LOGNAME=test
SSH_CONNECTION=172.0.0.5 60971 172.0.0.100 22
LESSOPEN=| /usr/bin/lesspipe %s
LESSCLOSE=/usr/bin/lesspipe %s %s
_=/usr/bin/env
test@mediaserver:~$

edit:
I just tried this: https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=143529 and it didn't work. Oh, and I'm running xubuntu 11

Last edited by daisychick (2013-08-09 16:11:02)

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#2 2013-08-09 17:52:08

MountainDewManiac
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Posts: 286

Re: xfce loads to gray screen

Do you have no - or a solid color - image selected for your desktop background?

Regards,
MDM

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#3 2013-08-11 01:01:40

daisychick
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Registered: 2013-08-09
Posts: 2

Re: xfce loads to gray screen

no. it's a blue xfce background. Or it used to be. There're no panels or anything either. It's kind of weird.

Last edited by daisychick (2013-08-11 01:02:00)

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#4 2013-08-11 01:35:02

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Re: xfce loads to gray screen

Try changing to a different console with ^Alt-F2, logging in as yourself and looking at ~/.xsession-errors.  You might find something interesting, although I don't know, right now, what it would be.


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