Wallpaper is being covered by a white screen?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Magikarp, Feb 10, 2011.

  1. Magikarp, Feb 10, 2011
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2011

    Magikarp macrumors newbie


    Feb 9, 2011
    Model Name: MacBook
    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 2 GHz
    L2 Cache: 3 MB
    Memory: 2 GB
    Bus Speed: 1.07 GHz

    So while organizing my MacBook today, I randomly changed my desktop picture to a wallpaper I made on Photoshop. Shortly after, I deleted the wallpaper file (I disliked what I saw) and continued organizing. When I finished, I closed all my windows and saw... a white desktop.

    Okay, this is happening because the computer can't locate the deleted file, I figured. So I went to another image and set it as my desktop picture. When I came back to look, it was still white!

    Here is what it looks now (Dock not shown because hiding is turned on):

    Every time I try to change the wallpaper, nothing happens except for the menu bar reflecting the chosen wallpaper:

    A few other points:
    • So far I've only tried logging off/in and restarting.
    • The last thing I remember doing is emptying my trash bin. Before that I was making changes to my login items.
    • For some reason, it looks like a white screen is covering the wallpaper, because whenever I restarted, the wallpaper WOULD SHOW, then it would go blank...

    I'm not very tech savvy, and this is my first Mac, so I didn't want to make things worse by randomly clicking around. :( Please help? Any and all will be sincerely appreciated.
  2. bmcgonag macrumors 65816


    Mar 20, 2007
    Try resetting your PRAM.

    Restart system Just before chime, press and hold Command+Option+P+R, hold them until the system reboots again twice, then release. System may reboot again one more time after that.

    See if that clears up the issue.
  3. Magikarp thread starter macrumors newbie


    Feb 9, 2011
    Thank you for your suggestion, bmcgonag. I followed your instructions precisely, and for a moment it seemed like resetting the PRAM did the trick, but too soon the white screen covered the wallpaper again.

    I did a swift search on Google, and came across a disturbing possibility: the White Screen of Death. Can it be?

    I then read a suggestion to reset the System Management Controller (SMC). I have no idea what that is, or if should even try it.
  4. drngoat macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2011
    Wallpaper is being covered by a white screen?

    dont know if you have figured this out yet.

    i have been racking by brain trying to figure this out, but i have found a fix. the only fix i have found so far is to create a new user and transfer your information.

    resetting pram and smc didnt help

    surprised not to find more info on this problem

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