I up dated unbuntu, now I have no side bar/ destop icons

Asked by diane veltkamp on 2013-02-15

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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2013-02-15
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2013-02-16

Hi!

I convert this bug to a question as it is more of a support case and this way you'll get it answered faster.

Jason (zzs) said : #2

Can you upload the screen-shot of it?

diane veltkamp (dskamp1) said : #3

 Hi what is a screen shot and do I send it to where to who?

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Your question #222002 on xserver-xorg-video-ati in Ubuntu changed:
https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/xserver-xorg-video-ati/+question/222002

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Jason Zhang requested more information:
Can you upload the screen-shot of it?

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Bhawani Singh (bhawanisingh) said : #4

unity broken need reset.
 press ALT+CTRL+F1 to enter into text mode. login there using your username and passsword them type there these commands one by one. You need internet connection for this.

sudo apt-get install dconf-tools
dconf reset -f /org/compiz/
setsid unity
sudo rebbot

Ubuntu 12.10 no longer supports your GPU with the AMD/ATI proprietary fglrx/Catalyst driver ( https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/fglrx-installer/+bug/1058040 ), so if you have fglrx installed, you have to remove it. Press Ctrl+Alt+F1 to get to the terminal and:
http://wiki.cchtml.com/index.php/Ubuntu_Quantal_Installation_Guide#Removing_Catalyst.2Ffglrx

Technically, Ubuntu should be smarter and not to install the fglrx driver on such a GPU just because it was present on the last version. (I know there's a specific bug filed for it, but I'm all Googled out right now).

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