Being new to linux, I changed some settings using compiz and now I can't see anything but the desktop... How do I revert to prior settings or at least restore my os?

Asked by Hunter Martin on 2011-07-31

Being new to linux, I changed some settings using compiz and now I can't see anything but the desktop... How do I revert to prior settings or at least restore my os?

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.04
Package: nautilus 1:2.32.2.1-0ubuntu13
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.38-10.46-generic 2.6.38.7
Uname: Linux 2.6.38-10-generic i686
Architecture: i386
Date: Sun Jul 31 17:18:39 2011
ExecutablePath: /usr/bin/nautilus
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty Narwhal" - Release i386 (20110427.1)
ProcEnviron:
 LANGUAGE=en_US:en
 LANG=en_US.UTF-8
 SHELL=/bin/bash
SourcePackage: nautilus
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

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Hunter Martin
Solved:
2011-08-02
Last query:
2011-08-02
Last reply:
2011-08-02
Pedro Villavicencio (pedro) said : #1

Thank you for taking the time to report this issue and helping to make Ubuntu better. Examining the information you have given us, this does not appear to be a bug report so we are closing it and converting it to a question in the support tracker. We appreciate the difficulties you are facing, but it would make more sense to raise problems you are having in the support tracker at https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu if you are uncertain if they are bugs. For help on reporting bugs, see https://help.ubuntu.com/community/ReportingBugs#When%20not%20to%20file%20a%20bug. There is also a vibrant support community available at http://askubuntu.com and you might consider asking your question there.

Joseph (joehms22) said : #2

You might want to try booting in to recovery mode (when you start the computer) from there you should be able to get back in to compiz and fix things; and if that doesn't help, there should be an option about resetting your x display, that may also help.

Select "Ubuntu Classic" or "Ubuntu Classic (no effects)" as your session type on the graphical login screen (the drop-down menu for this is available in the horizontal bar at the bottom of the screen, after you have specified your username, while you are being prompted for your password). Then you can log in to a functional classic desktop, and use that to undo the configuration changes you had made.

Hunter Martin (rhmartin89) said : #4

I think that did it! Thanks for the advice!