I'm sorry I'm such a pain, but I keep running into new stuff when I reinstall. Today, when gnome starts up I'm getting a series of error messages.
First: "Could not look up internet address for t1065. This will prevent GNOME from operating correctly. It may be possible to correct the problem by adding t10654 to the file /etc/hosts." I've never had to have my machine in the hosts file before.
I click log in anyway and gnome comes up. It seems like everything is working but I haven't tested it too much.
Later when I try to add a clock to my panel I get a different error:
"There was a problem loading applet 'OAFIID: GNOME_ClockApplet'
Details: g_module_open of '/opt/gnome/lib/libgen_util_applet-2.so' failed with '/opt/gnome/lib/libgen_util_applet-2.so: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory'"