How To Fix ‘Gnome Theme Not Loading’ Problem In Linux Mint 11

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Here’s how to fix ‘Gnome theme not loading’ problem in Linux Mint 11:

1. Issue the following command at the terminal –

sudo gedit /etc/xdg/autostart/gnome-settings-daemon.desktop

2. After the ‘gnome-settings-daemon.desktop’ file is open for editing, find the following line –



3. Replace the line located in step 2 with –

Exec=bash -c “sleep 10; /usr/lib/gnome-settings-daemon/gnome-settings-daemon”

Now, save and exit the file.

4. Logout and login again. You gnome theme should be loaded properly 😉

Note: If you are running older system, you may try changing the value of ‘sleep’ in increments of 5, saving the file, logging out and logging in again until it works for you i.e. you should try replacing the line in step 2 by –

Exec=bash -c “sleep 15; /usr/lib/gnome-settings-daemon/gnome-settings-daemon”


Exec=bash -c “sleep 20; /usr/lib/gnome-settings-daemon/gnome-settings-daemon”





and so on.


  1. Dobro Player says:

    I’m using Debian and for me the file “/etc/xdg/autostart/gnome-settings-daemon.desktop” was located at “/usr/share/gnome/autostart/gnome-settings-daemon.desktop”. Also, another way of doing this is to go into System>Preferences>Startup Applications, then under the “Startup Programs” tab, scroll down, click on “GNOME Settings Daemon”, then click edit and replace the command with: bash -c “sleep 10; /usr/lib/gnome-settings-daemon/gnome-settings-daemon”

  2. J says:

    You can use “killall gnome-settings-daemon” instead of “sleep 2” to avoid waiting.