No menus after upgrade from 12.04 to 12.10

Asked by John Holmes on 2013-01-24

After upgrade I have no menu bar at the top and the side bar won't come out.
Right click gives the usual menu and I can bring up All Settings, but I change anything in the screens menu.
The two keyboard shortcuts I know still work, ctrl-alt L and Terminal, but the windows key doesn't.

The top bar is on the screen until I log in. I tried logging in as guest, no change

Per some other instructions I opened Terminal and entered a reset on something, sorry, I don't recall what the command was but it was an answer to a missing Home bar.

The only reason I decided to upgrade was to try to get dual-monitor functionality back after I lost it in the last upgrade.

Computer is Acer Aspire one netbook, 2 gig ram, dual boot with Windows 7 x64

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2013-01-24

What video chip does the system use?

John Holmes (wirewizard1957) said : #2

Belarc Advisor reports the display adapter as ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4225

Prior to 12.04 I was able to use dual monitors, after 12.04 it was either mirror mode or turn off the laptop display to get proper resolution from the HDMI.

The Xorg in Quantal hates your GPU. You will need this guide and PPA:
http://ubuntuxtreme.com/howto/how-to-fix-your-amd-graphics-in-ubuntu-12-10/

John Holmes (wirewizard1957) said : #4

Ouch.
Reading the cure makes my eyes cross. I am spoiled by click and fix solutions in Windoze.
I'm uncertain how to apply the fix, and if it requires me to type lines of indecipherable digits in terminal then I will simply revert back to 11 point something.

Thank you for your timely assistance. I'll mark this one as solved.

John Holmes (wirewizard1957) said : #5

Thanks actionparsnip, that solved my question.

Why do you need to type. You can copy and paste to the terminal. ..

Why 11 point something.? Natty is EOL and Oneiric is EOL in April 2013. Why not stick with Precise which you know can be made to work and is also LTS so is supported until even after 13.04 is EOL. Using Ubuntu 11 point something makes no sense

John Holmes (wirewizard1957) said : #8

Why do I need to type? I have no navigation in the OS. I can't access any programs, no browser to download a solution... All I have is a desktop, I can right click and get to settings and that's it. I can create a new folder, and give it a name. I don't even see the file system while booted in windows.

I'm embarrassed to say so, but I'm just an old windoze guy. The one class I took on Linux taught me very little and my total real experience has been to create a bootable thumb drive and create a dual-boot on my netbook. I did make a feeble attempt to use one of the HTPC flavors, on my big tower, but it wasn't "click and run" and I never did get the tuners to come up.

In my world Linux is an alternative lifestyle.
I have bookmarked the link you gave me, I will look at it when I have more time. At this point I am ready to overhaul the hard drive, I'm not happy with the way I have it partitioned and I want to set it up to boot several OS's. I have to keep Win7 for compatibility with two alarm systems that I program, I will add Win 8 and some flavor of Linux. You suggest I stick with Precise , so I will give it a go from scratch later. I would appreciate knowing how to copy and paste when I have no way of getting the solution where it needs to go

You can press CTRL+ALT+t and get a terminal

John Holmes (wirewizard1957) said : #10

Yes, and CFRL L locks. I don't have a clue how to get a file from the internet to the terminal. I am aware I can use the comand line to operate and navigate.
You said I can copy and pate, the problem is navigating using command line to do it all.
If there are step by step instructions I can follow on that site you gave me, I can do it.

Ray Soucie (raysduck) said : #11

Try Home-moniter,sticky edges

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Question #219994 on Ubuntu changed:
https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+question/219994

John Holmes posted a new comment:
Why do I need to type? I have no navigation in the OS. I can't access
any programs, no browser to download a solution... All I have is a
desktop, I can right  click and get to settings and that's it. I can
create a new folder, and give it a name. I don't even see the file
system while booted in windows.

I'm embarrassed to say so, but I'm just an old windoze guy. The one
class I took on Linux taught me very little and my total real experience
has been to create a bootable thumb drive and create a dual-boot on my
netbook. I did make a feeble attempt to use one of the HTPC flavors, on
my big tower, but it wasn't "click and run" and I never did get the
tuners to come up.

In my world Linux is an alternative lifestyle.
I have bookmarked the link you gave me, I will look at it when I have more time. At this point I am ready to overhaul the hard drive, I'm not happy with the way I have it partitioned and I want to set it up to boot several OS's. I have to keep Win7 for compatibility with two alarm systems that I program, I will add Win 8 and some flavor of Linux. You suggest I stick with Precise , so I will give it a go from scratch later. I would appreciate knowing how to copy and paste when I have no way of getting the solution where it needs to go

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John Holmes (wirewizard1957) said : #12

Thanks, Ray, I thought of Try Home-moniter,sticky edges.

Ray Soucie (raysduck) said : #13

hey have a look http://www.com-im3.net/

Ray