Ok, the first thing is that when I used to log in, my files were on the desktop. Now, i boot to an empty desktop.
So I open a terminal and type 'nautilus'. The desktop items suddenly appear, along with a Thunar window and terminal says:
I think all of that is relatively normal. I don't see any obvious errors (I don't use Samba).
andy@portege:~$ nautilusInitializing nautilus-dropbox 1.6.0
Initializing nautilus-gdu extension
Nautilus-Share-Message: Called "net usershare info" but it failed: 'net usershare' returned error 255: net usershare: cannot open usershare directory /var/lib/samba/usershares. Error No such file or directory
Please ask your system administrator to enable user sharing.
Now that I have Nautilus running, I opened a Chrome window, close the lid and open it again (I don't have suspend enabled - it just turns the screen off aka "Do Nothing" in the Power Options).
This time it doesn't show the ghosting.
If I Ctrl+C Nautilus and type 'exit' in the terminal (thus closing it out), then the terminal window is stuck on the desktop and none of the files on the desktop are clickable.
So I guess it sounds like the Nautilus daemon is maybe no longer starting automatically.