Missing System Tray Icon

Asked by Lonnie Lee Best

I'm running Ubuntu 9.10 64bit beta.

Somehow, although my laptop is connecting to my wireless router just fine, the network-manager-applet, that normal appears in the top-right panel is missing. When I right-click on the panel and select "add to panel", network-manager-applet is not listed as an applet that I can add. How do I get it back on the panel? I also noticed that my "battery life indicator" is missing to, and also not available via "add to panel".

Furthermore, I've look through every item in Ubuntu's main menus, and even "Network Connections" offers no way to indicate that I want to show this applet in my panel.

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This question was originally filed as bug #461873.

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Chris Coulson (chrisccoulson) said :

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 .

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Lonnie Lee Best (launchpad-startport) said :
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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

press alt+f2

type: nm-applet

press enter

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Panzet (panzet) said :

I tried to execute nm-applet, but there still is no network manager icon on my notification area.
I have internet connection, but... if I quit the notification area of my panel (where it's supposed to be the nm-applet), and put it again ("add to panel > notification area"), the applet appears!!.
Again, when i shut down and start my computer, the nm applet disappears again...
I hope it could helps... and I hope that you could understand my english...
I am running also karmic (9.10) 64 bit.

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

sounds like your panels are faulty, the notification aea holds apps like network manager. If network manager has being configured then you don't need to be able to see it to have its functionality as it runs as a service and the nm-applet is just a GUI to configure it.

If this really bothers you then you can default ALL your panels to defaults (like when you first booted the OS for the first time) then rebuild but I'd just sit with what you have (unless you change your network settings a lot)

You can default the panel settings with:

gconftool --recursive-unset /apps/panel && killall gnome-panel

You can then set them back up as you wish, sounds to me like their is a profile corruption some place Zeroing it off and rebuilding may get it righted, depends how customised your panels are too.

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