How to restore the app icons lost on ASUS eeePC 901 (and other)

Well, a strange thing appears sometimes after a simple update (but I don’t know exactly when).
Some icons disappear and then it looks impossible to start them!

After a long investigation, I found that the problem was in the configuration file of the simple interface.
This file, called simpleui.rc includes all informations of the simple interface (easy isn’t it?).
The problem is that ASUS changed the way to run some applications (“Webcam” -> “ucview” app or “Sound Recorder” -> “krecord” app).
Before this change, the simpleui.rc called a shell launcher script  (/usr/bin/launch-ucview for example).
But this launcher doesn’t exist any more and the configuration tries to use it again.

So, the solution is to change the way to run applications in the simpleui.rc file.

– Open a console window Ctrl+Alt+t
– First of all, we’ll create a symbolic link to the configuration file., run this lines:
– sudo mkdir /home/user/.AsusLauncher
– sudo ln -s /var/lib/AsusLauncher/simpleui.rc /home/user/.AsusLauncher/simpleui.rc
– Now, we’ll modified the configuration file, run this lines:
– sudo  nano /home/user/.AsusLauncher/simpleui.rc
– in Nano, push Ctrl+w (search) and enter “launch-”   Enter
– replace “/usr/bin/launch-ucview” by “/usr/bin/ucview
– do the same with “/usr/bin/launch-krecord” -> “/usr/bin/record
– save the change with Ctrl+o
– and quit Nano: Ctrl+x
– To finish, restart Windows Manager with Ctrl+Alt+BackSpace

Here you can find the original simpleui.rc file from 901:

(Updated: 2009.02.06, thanks to Hugo)


5 thoughts on “How to restore the app icons lost on ASUS eeePC 901 (and other)

  1. thanks a lot, this helped me solve some lost icon problem. I noticed a small typo (a missing dot) in your procedure:sudo ln -s /var/lib/AsusLauncher/simpleui.rc /home/user/AsusLauncher/simpleui.rcshould be:sudo ln -s /var/lib/AsusLauncher/simpleui.rc /home/user/.AsusLauncher/simpleui.rcand maybe you should also mention to beginners to use:sudo nano /home/user/.AsusLauncher/simpleui.rc

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