I began by installing Debian from CDs this went smoothly and the system was working.
I then shut down and started again, GNOME was not loading at all so I used the commands as follows to get GNOME back:
$ sudo apt-get install gdm3 gnome-core $ sudo apt-get install x-window-system-core
once this was completed I tried both:
$ sudo /etc/init.d/gdm3 start
I can't remember which one worked for me but at the moment, GNOME will start up, I can logon but once logged on:
- The desktop background won't display and
- when I go into the applications the frequently used ones are visible but when I switch to "all apps" they are not shown at all though the animation when the "show apps" button is clicked shows them either swooping away or toward the button.
I have tried changing the icon theme, and also changing the GNOME version that is loaded at login but none of them fix this problem, I also tried a reinstall of the packages:
$ sudo apt-get install --reinstall gnome-core x-window-system-core gdm3
but none of them worked.
If anyone can shed light on getting GNOME working that would be great thank you!