thanks for the suggestions.
- I have deleted the icon and put it in the panel again, but still the same.
- In the menu the icons are there.
- I don't want the icons on the desktop, I want them in the panel.
- When I right-click the icon to edit it, I will see the correct icon in the settings window.
This is a KDE-Mini 2011.09 install, the former was KDE MiniMe 2011.07 iirc.
Will try new panel, new user, and deleting .kde4 folder once more and report back.
Thanks for your thoughts everyone.