I have slightly different problem with desk top icons.
The icons are there in the home>desktop directory, but none are displayed on the desktop. If I try to make a desktop icon from an Application Launcher Menu item, the icon shows up in the home>desktop directory, but not on the desktop.
It seems there must be a switch or setting somewhere that has gotten set wrong, but I can't find it.
Does anyone have any suggestions where to look? .. this is KDE 4.9.2-1
Thanks in advance for any hints