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    Cool Ubuntu 12.10- No Unity GUI

    I recently upgraded from 12.04 to 12.10. After logging on, I found that all of my items from 12.04 were still there, but the Launcher and the top bar were gone. Application top bars were also missing. After doing a fresh install, I still have these problems. I'm convinced that it's a problem with my graphics card.

    Computer specs:
    Dell Dimension 3000
    Intel Pentinum 4 Processor
    Radeon 9200 PRO (According to the Windows ATI Catalyst Control Center, I have two of these)

    Partitions:
    Ubuntu 12.10 (Fresh Install )
    Memtest86+
    Windows XP Professional (just in case WINE won't load an app)

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    Smile Re: Ubuntu 12.10- No Unity GUI

    It's maybe because the system tries to install new AMD/ATI drivers, which no longer support your card (I'm not sure if your VGA is supported or not). I had the same problem! Give this PPA a try! https://launchpad.net/~makson96/+archive/fglrx
    This will downgrade X and patch the legacy ATI driver to go with 3.5 Linux

    I hope that this will solve your problem!

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    Re: Ubuntu 12.10- No Unity GUI

    My 12.10 disk finished reburning literally as I typed this post. Once I install it, I will try what you suggested.

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    Re: Ubuntu 12.10- No Unity GUI

    Unfortunately, that did not work. After installing, GRUB won't load Ubuntu, and I had to start Ubuntu via Recovery Mode. Unity still is not showing up.
    My card is VGA compatible, if that has anything to do with it.

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    Re: Ubuntu 12.10- No Unity GUI

    Can it be that one needs to install the linux-source before the drivers, so that the new drivers kernel module are built?

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install linux-source
    I installed fglrx-legacy after linux-source and got my top bar and launcher. But it is horribly slow, and almost unusable.

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    Re: Ubuntu 12.10- No Unity GUI

    Which graphics card do you use? If it's almost unusable on one of the HD ones, then I'm pretty much screwed with my computer.

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    Re: Ubuntu 12.10- No Unity GUI

    Quote Originally Posted by JerBear64 View Post
    Which graphics card do you use? If it's almost unusable on one of the HD ones, then I'm pretty much screwed with my computer.
    I have radeon HD 3100. Any idea for any fix?

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    Re: Ubuntu 12.10- No Unity GUI

    Try running:
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    sudo apt-get install unity
    To see what will happen.

    For now, it might be easier for you to use some other DE, such as Gnome-shell.
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install gnome-shell
    Good luck!

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    Re: Ubuntu 12.10- No Unity GUI

    Quote Originally Posted by IWantFroyo View Post
    Try running:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install unity
    To see what will happen.

    For now, it might be easier for you to use some other DE, such as Gnome-shell.
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install gnome-shell
    Good luck!
    Have the same problem no unity sidebar and no topbar
    tryed sudo apt-get install unity.

    got the following

    unity is already the newest version
    you might want to run 'apt-get -f install' to correct these:
    The following packages have unmet dependencies.
    libsane:i386 epends: libtiff5:i386 (>4.0.0-1~) but is not going to be installed
    libtiff4: Depends: libjbig0:i386 but is not going to be installed
    E:Unmet dependencies. Try 'apt-get -f install' with no packages ( or specify a solution).

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    Re: Ubuntu 12.10- No Unity GUI

    Update Manager told me there are updates. Turns out it was a whole Compiz update. I installed them and restarted the computer. No difference. In Recovery Mode, however, Unity shows up, although it is slow and almost unusable, like mentioned earlier.
    I've installed GNOME via apt-get install gnome-panel. How would I add later versions of GNOME other than GNOME Classic?
    Also, I'm glad that people are taking the initiative to try to get Unity working.
    Last edited by JerBear64; October 24th, 2012 at 01:42 AM.

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