If you get the following error:
Failed to contact configuration server; some possible causes are that you need to enable TCP/IP networking for ORBit, or you have stale NFS locks due to a system crash. See http://projects.gnome.org/gconf/ for information. (Details – 1: Server ping error: IDL:omg.org/CORBA/COMM_FAILURE:1.0)
you can try resolving it by doing:
$ mv .gconfd .gconfdtemp <enter>
Login in to your account once more and check the error does not appear.