Gnome Shell top bar is missing

Asked by Aaron Hill on 2011-10-28

I a musing Ubuntu 11.10. I have installed GNOME Shell, but when I log in with GNOME Shell as my desktop session, the black bar at the top of the screen is missing. Instead, the File menu found at the top of applications is at the top of the screen. The title bar is missing for any windows I try to open, and the windows a placed in the top left corner of the screen. I have tried removing and re-installing GNOME shell through the terminal and the Ubuntu Software Center, with the same results.

Please help me!

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marcus aurelius (adbiz) said : #1

i believe that's how gnome 3 works.

Aaron Hill (techsavvy8989) said : #2

Just to clarify, I have used GNOME Shell successfully before, and it is different from what I am getting now. The top bar with the Activities button, the calender, and the network icon is missing. Instead, I see the File, Edit, View menu found in Nautilus. Any windows I open are placed in the top left corner of the screen, and they don't have the menu bar at the top with the close button.

Valezan (ssuzan) said : #3

Maybe you can try, using Synaptic, to remove (complete removed, including your settings) all package with "gnome-shell" on the title. Then, reinstall them.
If it doesn't solve your problem, you can try to delete all your configuration settings (files and folders) within your “home”.
Those two solutions solved a quite-similar problem in my case.
Hope it may help you.

Aaron Hill (techsavvy8989) said : #4

I tried both of Valezan's suggestion's, but they didn't work.

Aaron Hill (techsavvy8989) said : #5

When I reinstall GNOME Shell, it works the first time, but then the top and bottom bars disappear after I logout or use the r command.

Valezan (ssuzan) said : #6

It's strange because in gnome-shell, you should not have a bottom bar, there is a “hidden” one for some applets that you can reveal by moving your mouse on the right bottom of the screen...

Aaron Hill (techsavvy8989) said : #7

I am sorry, I should have been more specific. Both the top bar with Activities, your username, and the notification tray; and the "hidden" bar are missing after I logout or use the r command.

Aaron Hill (techsavvy8989) said : #8

I reinstalled GNOME shell, and it worked perfectly. I'm not sure what happened before, but thank you for providing help!

Valezan (ssuzan) said : #9