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    Unhappy How to restore blank desktop to a functional one?

    I have recently installed Ubuntu 11.04 on desktop computer, and found it quite different from previous versions. The panels are not the same as earlier ones and a new "panel" but different type was visible in this new Ubuntu.
    The problem started when I tried to create desktop cube with compiz (as in previous versions). Then I fiddled with it and presently the status is that only wallpaper pic is visible when I log in Ubuntu. How to get rid of this? Please help.
    And thanks in advance.

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    Re: How to restore blank desktop to a functional one?

    Right click on the empty desktop to create a new folder. Then open it and navigate to /usr/share/applications where you will find the icon for the Compiz-Configuration-Settings-Manager. Click to open it and check the Unity box.

    I think you can also type
    unity --restart
    in a terminal provided you can start a terminal with ctr+alt+ t

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    Re: How to restore blank desktop to a functional one?

    Thanks once again. I got it back.

    But the desktop switcher does not function anymore.
    I feel this useless "unity" is the problem. Can you please suggest a way to remove Unity and revert back to the two panels' option with functional commands (as in earlier versions of ubuntu)
    Last edited by babloo75; August 21st, 2011 at 08:23 AM.

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    Re: How to restore blank desktop to a functional one?

    I have the same problem under 11.04, but it's not unity, it's gnome. Anyway, this is how I solve it:

    At login time, you have to click into the "tambourine" symbol, above the user name. Then, options in the panel below will appear. There, you have to choose "classic without effects". And then, login.

    If you choose the wrong option, you may see the forever-in-progress indicator. Don't bother, just reboot.

    One more option is to press Ctrl+Alt+F1 ... Ctrl+Alt+F6 and get to one of the 6 text mode consoles; Ctrl+Alt+F7 is the graphical desktop.

    There, you can

    sudo aptitude install xfce4

    but you still will have to hit the tambourine on the login screen with the mouse.
    Cannot hit -- your bad.
    Last edited by mlg7; November 3rd, 2011 at 01:03 AM.

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