Ubuntu 11.04 installed but shows old desktop appearance

Asked by Kevin Robinson on 2011-07-31

My screen appears the same as Ubuntu 10, but as I understand, its supposed 2 appear different, right.
I'm running a Systemax Venture desktop (found on side of road), probably 256 mb of RAM (don't know how to check from within Ubuntu, and its the only OS installed). Approx 20gb HD.

Thanks,
Kevin

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Stephen M. Webb
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2011-08-05
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2011-08-05
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2011-08-04

If you log in to the Ubuntu Classic desktop, is it ok?

Kevin Robinson (kevro2000) said : #2

Yes. Everything seems to be working fine, just minus the new desktop.

It does not give me a choice (that I can recognize) to boot to anything other than the classic desktop.

Thanks,
Kevin

ok firstly get fully updated. Then can you give the output of:

sudo lshw -C display; lsb_release -a

Thanks

Best Stephen M. Webb (bregma) said : #4

It is possible the computer you described lacks a 3D-accelerated video card new enough to support the Unity interface.

Try installing the "unity-2d" package and restarting. You should see that as a session choice while you are logging in.

Kevin Robinson (kevro2000) said : #5

actionparsnip,
here is the output as requested:

  *-display UNCLAIMED
       description: VGA compatible controller
       product: VT8375 [ProSavage8 KM266/KL266]
       vendor: S3 Inc.
       physical id: 0
       bus info: pci@0000:01:00.0
       version: 00
       width: 32 bits
       clock: 66MHz
       capabilities: pm agp agp-2.0 vga_controller bus_master cap_list
       configuration: latency=32 maxlatency=255 mingnt=4
       resources: memory:ed000000-ed07ffff memory:e0000000-e7ffffff memory:ec000000-ec00ffff
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 11.04
Release: 11.04
Codename: natty

I'm going to try Stephen's suggestion, next.

Thanks.Kevin

Kevin Robinson (kevro2000) said : #6

Thanks Stephen M. Webb, that solved my question.

Your video chip isn't brilliant and 3D acceleration is not given to it under Linux.