XFCE4 Desktop Settings Manager Blank

The Manjaro settings manager has been blank for months. I have posted this topic in the past, but never got a resolution (old thread locked). Maybe someone has a new idea on how to fix it. Possibly my ~/.config/xfce is missing a file? I have tried reinstalling the settings manager from pamac and gone through a few kernel updates since this started and it never comes back. Luckily most settings can be accessed through a right click on the desktop and navigating to settings... but it is a bit annoying to be missing the settings manager. This is the only bug I haven't been able to fix since I have been using this distro.
old locked thread: https://archived.forum.manjaro.org/t/xfce-settings-manager-is-empty/79659
Any new ideas?

settingsmanager

System:
  Host: crow-pc Kernel: 5.2.11-1-MANJARO x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc 
  v: 9.1.0 Desktop: Xfce 4.14.1 Distro: Manjaro Linux 
Machine:
  Type: Desktop Mobo: ASUSTeK model: RAMPAGE IV EXTREME v: Rev 1.xx 
  serial: <filter> UEFI: American Megatrends v: 4901 date: 05/14/2014 
Battery:
  Device-1: sony_controller_battery_dc:af:68:f3:f0:00 model: N/A charge: N/A 
  status: Full 
CPU:
  Topology: 6-Core model: Intel Core i7-4930K bits: 64 type: MT MCP 
  arch: Ivy Bridge rev: 4 L2 cache: 12.0 MiB 
  flags: avx lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx bogomips: 81626 
  Speed: 1252 MHz min/max: 1200/4200 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 1252 2: 1292 
  3: 1400 4: 1291 5: 1553 6: 1277 7: 1319 8: 1885 9: 1292 10: 1288 11: 1275 
  12: 1277 
Graphics:
  Device-1: NVIDIA GM200 [GeForce GTX 980 Ti] vendor: ASUSTeK driver: nvidia 
  v: 430.40 bus ID: 01:00.0 
  Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.5 driver: nvidia 
  resolution: 2560x1440~60Hz, 1920x1080~60Hz 
  OpenGL: renderer: GeForce GTX 980 Ti/PCIe/SSE2 v: 4.6.0 NVIDIA 430.40 
  direct render: Yes 
Audio:
  Device-1: Intel C600/X79 series High Definition Audio vendor: ASUSTeK 
  driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 00:1b.0 
  Device-2: NVIDIA GM200 High Definition Audio vendor: ASUSTeK 
  driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 01:00.1 
  Device-3: Creative Labs Sound Core3D [Sound Blaster Recon3D / Z-Series] 
  driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 02:00.0 
  Device-4: Sunplus Innovation type: USB driver: snd-usb-audio,uvcvideo 
  bus ID: 3-4:5 
  Device-5: Sony DualShock 4 [CUH-ZCT2x] type: USB 
  driver: snd-usb-audio,sony,usbhid bus ID: 5-1:2 
  Device-6: RODE Microphones Podcaster type: USB 
  driver: hid-generic,snd-usb-audio,usbhid bus ID: 5-2:3 
  Sound Server: ALSA v: k5.2.11-1-MANJARO 
Network:
  Device-1: Intel 82579V Gigabit Network vendor: ASUSTeK P8P67 Deluxe 
  driver: e1000e v: 3.2.6-k port: f040 bus ID: 00:19.0 
  IF: eno1 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter> 
  Device-2: Broadcom and subsidiaries BCM4360 802.11ac Wireless Network 
  Adapter 
  vendor: ASUSTeK driver: wl v: kernel port: e000 bus ID: 04:00.0 
  IF: wlp4s0 state: dormant mac: <filter> 
  Device-3: Realtek RTL8153 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter type: USB driver: r8152 
  bus ID: 3-1.1:4 
  IF: enp3s0u1u1 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter> 
  Device-4: Realtek RTL8153 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter type: USB driver: r8152 
  bus ID: 3-1.4.1:9 
  IF: enp3s0u1u4u1 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter> 
  Device-5: Ralink RT2870/RT3070 Wireless Adapter type: USB 
  driver: rt2800usb bus ID: 11-1:2 
  IF: wlp10s0u1 state: down mac: <filter> 
  IF-ID-1: docker0 state: down mac: <filter> 
  IF-ID-2: vmnet1 state: unknown speed: N/A duplex: N/A mac: <filter> 
  IF-ID-3: vmnet8 state: unknown speed: N/A duplex: N/A mac: <filter> 
Drives:
  Local Storage: total: 29.37 TiB used: 18.92 TiB (64.4%) 
  ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Samsung model: SSD 850 EVO 500GB size: 465.76 GiB 
  ID-2: /dev/sdb vendor: Samsung model: SSD 850 EVO 500GB size: 465.76 GiB 
  ID-3: /dev/sdc vendor: Samsung model: HM641JI size: 596.17 GiB 
  ID-4: /dev/sdd vendor: Toshiba model: THNSNJ128GCST size: 119.24 GiB 
  ID-5: /dev/sde vendor: Western Digital model: WD15EARS-00Z5B1 
  size: 1.36 TiB 
  ID-6: /dev/sdf type: USB vendor: Seagate model: BUP Slim BK size: 1.82 TiB 
  ID-7: /dev/sdg type: USB vendor: SanDisk model: Cruzer U size: 14.91 GiB 
  ID-8: /dev/sdi type: USB vendor: Seagate model: Backup+ Desk 
  size: 4.55 TiB 
  ID-9: /dev/sdj type: USB vendor: Western Digital model: WD easystore 25FB 
  size: 9.10 TiB 
  ID-10: /dev/sdk vendor: Western Digital model: WD20EZRX-00D8PB0 
  size: 1.82 TiB 
  ID-11: /dev/sdl vendor: HGST (Hitachi) model: HDN726060ALE614 
  size: 5.46 TiB 
  ID-12: /dev/sdm vendor: Western Digital model: WD40EZRZ-00GXCB0 
  size: 3.64 TiB 
RAID:
  Hardware-1: Intel SATA Controller [RAID mode] driver: ahci v: 3.0 
  bus ID: 00:1f.2 
Partition:
  ID-1: / size: 423.21 GiB used: 307.83 GiB (72.7%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda2 
  ID-2: swap-1 size: 34.49 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda3 
Sensors:
  System Temperatures: cpu: 40.0 C mobo: N/A gpu: nvidia temp: 56 C 
  Fan Speeds (RPM): cpu: 0 gpu: nvidia fan: 43% 
Info:
  Processes: 417 Uptime: 13m Memory: 31.35 GiB used: 2.57 GiB (8.2%) 
  Init: systemd Compilers: gcc: 9.1.0 clang: 8.0.1 Shell: bash v: 5.0.9 
  inxi: 3.0.36

Not a fix for this, as I have no idea why it's not showing.
But Manjaro Settings Manager is just a GUI front end for mhwd.
https://wiki.manjaro.org/index.php?title=Manjaro_Hardware_Detection

When you run manjaro-settings-manager from terminal what outputs do you get?

Try copying the files from /etc/skel/.* to your home folder.

What happens if you run this command in a terminal

manjaro-settings-manager

And

xfce4-settings-manager

(Copy the terminal output as text and paste the text into a post. Then select the text and use the </> in the post toolbar before submitting the post.)

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[crow@crow-pc ~]$ manjaro-settings-manager
qt5ct: using qt5ct plugin
Shutting down Manjaro Settings Manager...
[crow@crow-pc ~]$ xfce4-settings-manager

(xfce4-settings-manager:3871): Gtk-WARNING **: 11:01:50.139: Theme parsing error: gtk.css:63:28: The :prelight pseudo-class is deprecated. Use :hover instead.

(xfce4-settings-manager:3871): Gtk-WARNING **: 11:01:50.139: Theme parsing error: gtk.css:73:35: The :prelight pseudo-class is deprecated. Use :hover instead.

(xfce4-settings-manager:3871): Gtk-WARNING **: 11:01:50.139: Theme parsing error: gtk.css:115:31: The :insensitive pseudo-class is deprecated. Use :disabled instead.

(xfce4-settings-manager:3871): Gtk-WARNING **: 11:01:50.139: Theme parsing error: gtk.css:116:24: The :insensitive pseudo-class is deprecated. Use :disabled instead.

(xfce4-settings-manager:3871): Gtk-WARNING **: 11:01:50.139: Theme parsing error: gtk.css:145:27: The :insensitive pseudo-class is deprecated. Use :disabled instead.

(xfce4-settings-manager:3871): Gtk-WARNING **: 11:01:50.139: Theme parsing error: gtk.css:146:29: The :insensitive pseudo-class is deprecated. Use :disabled instead.

(xfce4-settings-manager:3871): Gtk-WARNING **: 11:01:50.139: Theme parsing error: gtk.css:166:34: The :insensitive pseudo-class is deprecated. Use :disabled instead.

(xfce4-settings-manager:3871): Gtk-WARNING **: 11:01:50.139: Theme parsing error: gtk.css:187:34: The :inconsistent pseudo-class is deprecated. Use :indeterminate instead.

(xfce4-settings-manager:3871): dconf-WARNING **: 11:01:50.166: Unable to open /home/crow/.local/share/flatpak/exports/share/dconf/profile/user: Permission denied

Try renaming the file ~/.config/qt5ct /qt5ct.conf

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Renamed the file, rebooted, still blank as in the pic in my OP. Also tried uninstalling qt5ct, still no luck.

Just for clarification, the empty window in the image is Xfce Settings Manager, it's not the Manjaro Settings Manager window.

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Oh wow, I totally messed that one up... yes its the Desktop Settings Manager. The Manjaro one is fine and I can do the kernel options. Sorry! I will try to edit the thread title.

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I have this in "settings editor"... is this supposed to be blank?

settings-editor

Yeah... ant other ideas? Am I missing a conf or xml file somewhere that tells the xfce-settings-manager what is supposed to be in it? I don't understand why one day it was just blank.

If someone has the time, can you check if there is supposed to be a config file somewhere for the xfce-desktop-settings manager? I am still stumped on this. Maybe I should just deal with the bug eh? Or do a reinstall if I ever upgrade my OS ssd.

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