i have installed 10.04 on a pc thats many years old. it has an asus mainboard and a pentium 3 933 cpu and onboard video
if i start 10.04 with gnome fail safe everything works fine i can see the menu at top of screen that says
applications places system
but if i log out and set to login using gnome, i dont get the panels
however, my desktop loads and my mouse works and i can even press ctrl+alt+del and have a on screen option that says to shutdown or restart
any clues on whats going on and how to fix it??