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    Blank desktop after login - Ubuntu 12.10

    Hi all, first of all I'm completely new to Ubuntu. I really wanted to learn/be familiar with Linux but didn't want to install it as a main OS so I decided to use VirtualBox to play around with it.

    First time around I installed the 64bit version but I kept getting the kernel error. I couldn't find the option to enable Intel Virtualization Technology in my BIOS so I just downloaded the 32bit version instead.

    I didn't see anything obviously wrong with the installation, but whenever I login (the login screen appears to be normal) I'm presented with a blank desktop. I see the background color/image but there are no icons.

    I tried reinstalling it but I got the same results.

    Details:
    Host OS is Windows 7 64bit
    VirtualBox version 4.2.6
    giving the virtual machine ~1gig of ram and and 8 Gigabyte HDD
    Gfx card - GTX 670

    Please let me know if there's any more information I should be providing.

    Thank you!

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    Re: Blank desktop after login - Ubuntu 12.10

    Also, often times when I restart the machine it hangs on the black screen right after "Checking battery state [OK]"

    Or after "Starting"

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    Re: Blank desktop after login - Ubuntu 12.10

    Quote Originally Posted by Cohbalt View Post
    Hi all, first of all I'm completely new to Ubuntu. I really wanted to learn/be familiar with Linux but didn't want to install it as a main OS so I decided to use VirtualBox to play around with it.

    First time around I installed the 64bit version but I kept getting the kernel error. I couldn't find the option to enable Intel Virtualization Technology in my BIOS so I just downloaded the 32bit version instead.

    I didn't see anything obviously wrong with the installation, but whenever I login (the login screen appears to be normal) I'm presented with a blank desktop. I see the background color/image but there are no icons.

    I tried reinstalling it but I got the same results.

    Details:
    Host OS is Windows 7 64bit
    VirtualBox version 4.2.6
    giving the virtual machine ~1gig of ram and and 8 Gigabyte HDD
    Gfx card - GTX 670

    Please let me know if there's any more information I should be providing.

    Thank you!
    Few things to check - Have you checked the graphical settings for Virtualbox?

    They are under Virtual Machine Settings -> Display -> Enable 3D Video Acceleration. Increasing the amount of video memory can't hurt either
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    Re: Blank desktop after login - Ubuntu 12.10

    Enabled 3D Acceleration and have allotted 32MB of video memory to it. No change

    Also, whenever I try to "Send the shutdown signal" it doesn't seem to shut off (or I'm just not patient enough), I have to "Power Off" the machine. It doesn't like that very much and as I mentioned it tends not to boot up afterwards, instead getting stuck on the "Checking Battery State".

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    Re: Blank desktop after login - Ubuntu 12.10

    Any other suggestions?

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    Re: Blank desktop after login - Ubuntu 12.10

    Eh I have had issues with 12.10 in virtualbox, it reallky is a crap release.
    I would go with 12.04 LTS, far more stable and you can still get newer packages in it via ppa's

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    Re: Blank desktop after login - Ubuntu 12.10

    Hey that did that trick! Thank you!

    Also, how do I correct the screen? Even if I select "Full screen" in VirtualBox it just makes the icons bigger and bloated.
    Last edited by Cohbalt; February 9th, 2013 at 10:31 AM.

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