I installed debian wheezy on a virtual box hard disk but I don't see any desktop icons and things like desktop shorcuts don't work.

I have the latest updates.

How do I fix this?

  • you could also consider to dercibe the situation precisely instead of saying thing that don't make sense. please describe your situation , what you want to accomplish, and what is the behavior you get.
    – Kiwy
    Mar 20 '14 at 14:01
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    If you don't see icons, how can shortcuts work? WHat shortcuts? Does anything change if you type Alt+F2 and then write nautilus?
    – terdon
    Mar 20 '14 at 14:02
  • @terdon sorry, there are no shortcuts
    – FutuToad
    Mar 20 '14 at 14:03
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    Then how would you expect them to work? Please edit your question and add more details, as it is we have no idea what you're talking about. Maybe a screenshot? The errors your received when installing? You said the terminal works, did you try running nautilus as I suggested? Did you try moving your mouse to the top left corner as PythoNic suggested?
    – terdon
    Mar 20 '14 at 14:05

What desktop environment? Gnome comes with a plain desktop. Move the mouse to the border or the upper right corner. Does it help? If it doesn't help or it's not Gnome post a screenshot.

Where did you download the installation or virtual machine? 32 or 64 bit? What size of Hard disk did you use? How much CPU / Ram? Where did you place the virtual box files / snapshots? Local or on network?

Could you copy the error message?

If you get me a link for the virtual machine, I could try it out on my own...

  • its gnome its got a debian logo in the desktop. also the right click doesn't do anything :( Also comes with iceweazel
    – FutuToad
    Mar 20 '14 at 13:47
  • 64 bit, 30GB, 2GB ram, local
    – FutuToad
    Mar 20 '14 at 13:55
  • On install complete, it did moan about not installing correctly. The terminal and browsers and apps work ok
    – FutuToad
    Mar 20 '14 at 13:56
  • @FutuToad you might have mentioned that in your question. What did it "moan" about? Please edit and clarify.
    – terdon
    Mar 20 '14 at 14:04
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    – terdon
    Mar 20 '14 at 14:19

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