Empty desktop

Asked by Juha Vuorinen on 2013-01-17

After updating Ubuntu 12.10's software, the desktop seems to be empty. In the log in screen i can see the horizontal panel but when i log in, it disappears. Before these software updates i had a problem with the panels but i managed to fix it with help.

Now there's nothing..

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N1ck 7h0m4d4k15
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What video chip do you use?
Does the system have a make and model?

N1ck 7h0m4d4k15 (nicktux) said : #2

Try to boot from an older kernel.. do you have a grub menu ? Go to "advanced settings for Ubuntu" and boot from an older kernel.

Probably the kernel's upgrade broke the driver.

If it works from the older kernel , then do again the procedure at this question

an reboot from the newer kernel and see if fixed.


Juha Vuorinen (juhap-vuorinen) said : #3

Doesn't have make nor model since I've built it myself. The motherboard is Asus sabertooth 990FX and the video card is ATI radeon HD5870 Eyefinity 6.

Juha Vuorinen (juhap-vuorinen) said : #4

NikTh i tried it your way.. With the older kernel everything looks fine but it doesn't do anything with the display drivers because they're already there. Did everything again anyway, and when i went back to the new, it was the same. Also when i plugged in a usb-stick, the folder opened, and when i moved it, it happened in slow motion. Seems like the problem is with the video card but it's really almost impossible to manage anything because i can't see either of the panels. So it's rather hard to access anything.


Best N1ck 7h0m4d4k15 (nicktux) said : #5

Maybe the problem is with the newer kernel , it is OK , you can boot from the older , until a newer version of the kernel comes out , and then you can test it.

If with the older kernel everything seems ok , then probably something is going wrong with the newer kernel. Usually a re-installation of the driver fix things , but is not for sure.


Juha Vuorinen (juhap-vuorinen) said : #6

Thanks NikTh, that solved my question.