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  1. #1
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    No Desktop

    I have just upgraded from 11.10 to 12.04.1, following the upgrade I can log on but following that no top or side tool bars are visible.
    I did a clean install (with Format) but the result was the same. I can right click on the desktop and look at settings, I can also shell out to a terminal.
    Other posts I have read suggest this may be a graphics driver issue ( card is Nvidia 9600GT). Tried updating the driver but with negative result.
    There are 3 other operating systems on this PC all of which function fine. My previous incarnation of Ubuntu also ran without apparent problems.
    Can anyone shed anly light on this problem.
    12.04 runs ok directly from live cd.

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    Re: No Desktop

    TimB48; Hi ! Welcome to the forum.

    Maybe a graphics card situation, maybe just that the GUI is not loading.
    what results from the terminal command:
    Code:
    sudo service lightdm start
    warm regards <==BDQ

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    Re: No Desktop

    Result for running 'sudo service lightdm start' was the following.

    Start: Job is already running: lightdm

    Forgot to mention in my original post that the top and side bars appear briefly during startup and dissappear leaving me with just the desktop background with no visible icons.


    Regards,


    TimB48

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    Re: No Desktop

    looking like to me the desktop manager might have problems, But lets see if it is graphics driver related:

    When booting hold the shift key after the bios screen clears -> grub menu
    choose to boot with the "recovery mode" kernel//

    do you now have a desk top ?
    regards <==BDQ

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    Re: No Desktop

    Initial attempt to enter recovery mode failed apparently linked to the nvidia graphics. The following lines were the last few before the recovery boot stopped.

    [4.985757] nvidia:module license 'NVIDIA' taints kernel
    [4.985804] Disabling lock debugging due to kernel taint
    [5.300064] nvidia 0000:01:00.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 16 (level,low)-> IRQ 16
    [5.300127] vggarb: device changed decodes: PCI : 000:01:00.0, old decodes = io+mem, decodes = nonewns = io+mem
    [5.300371] NVRM : loading NVIDIA UNIX X86 kernel module 295.49 Mon Apr 30 23:30:07 PDT 2012

    As a ubuntu novice the above lines mean very little to me but suggest that there is some sort of problem with the graphics.

    A second attempt to enter recovery mode got me to the recovery menu but I was able to do very little from there.

    There is a newer Nvidia driver available (not the 295.47 listed above) which I have downloaded but am unable to install it.

    Regards,

    TimB48

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    Re: No Desktop

    This may be a silly suggestion but have you tried running

    Code:
    startx
    you could also try reinstalling unity by running

    Code:
    sudo apt-get remove ubuntu-desktop
    sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop
    hope this helps!

    Barry
    Desktop: Z77X-UD5H, Intel i7 3770k, NVidia GeForce 660 Ti Sli 16GB DDR3 RAM 2TB HDD
    OSes: Mint 14 x64 Windows 7 Ultimate x64
    Laptop: Dell Latitude E6430
    OSes: Ubuntu 13.04 x64, Backtrack 5 R3

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    Re: No Desktop

    Does the desktop work if you log in as guest (or create another user and login as that)? This would help understand whether it is a basic graphics config problem, or just something in the session of your current user.

    If it's only a problem with the current user account, then resetting unity may help :-

    http://www.webupd8.org/2011/04/how-t...-icons-or.html

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    Re: No Desktop

    +1


    awaiting results

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