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Thread: What state is this computer in and how do I get past it?

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    What state is this computer in and how do I get past it?

    I just installed the 14.04.2 LTS Desktop on a Virtualbox VM.
    After fixing the screen size issue, I ended up with an almost blank "desktop". I have so little familiarity with the displays and the modes that I'm having trouble figuring out what state the display is in and even searching for how to fix it.
    There is a column on the left with icons for files, Firefox, etc. but oops, now even that is gone!
    There is a row at the top including a gear icon with Restart, etc.
    There is nothing at the bottom
    The "desktop" has a reddish color and says Ubunto 14.04 LTS in the lower left corner.

    What mode is this?
    How do I get out of it?
    How do I get the controls that I read are the most typical?
    Here is what I got when I right-clicked in the "desktop" (attached)
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    Re: What state is this computer in and how do I get past it?

    This is your Ubuntu desktop. From here, you can use the super key to access Dash. The super key is your Windows or Command key (Mac or Windows).

    As for the disappearing icon task bar down the left side, it might be hidden. Hold your cursor on the edge of the left hand side of the screen for a moment and see if it comes back.

    I would suggest reading this...http://manuals.makeuseof.com.s3.amaz...eUseOf.com.pdf

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    Re: What state is this computer in and how do I get past it?

    It'd be nice to know the status of the vm settings you've given it.

    If you still see the login logo (the 14.04 lTs in the bottom corner area) then most likely the session hasn't finished loading, or is not loading properly.

    How much RAM and video memory have you allocated for the vm in virtualbox?
    Ubuntu requires 3d acceleration, so have you enabled that in virtualbox?

    And also you might want to try installing guest additions in the vm...

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    Re: What state is this computer in and how do I get past it?

    it simply mean that your files and folder will aligned from sidebar on desktop, disable and you can move more closer any icon to edges,
    hope you understand well.
    Sorry for my bad english

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