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  1. #1
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    Unhappy Ubuntu desktop not working

    Greetings all!
    First of all i would like to apologize,i am a new ubuntu user and to the forums as well so any tips would be really appreciated
    Ok so i have been using ubuntu for 4 months i think.
    I was always using the ubuntu desktop but one week ago i logged in and there was nothing! No icons,i tried some tips i found online but nothing worked.
    Anyway,at the login screen i choosed to use the gnome desktop (it has two options if i am not mistaken) they both work fine,but the ubuntu one does not.
    Sadly thats my favourite so i was wondering if someone could help me with this matter.
    Forgot to mention that i have the 14.04 version.
    Thanks in advance!favourite

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    Re: Ubuntu desktop not working

    Before this happened, did you update a graphics card driver? Also, what graphics card do you have?

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    Re: Ubuntu desktop not working

    Hello thanks for the reply!
    Nope i did not.
    It is a Mobile Intel® GM45 Express Chipset

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    Re: Ubuntu desktop not working

    When you logged in and there was nothing, was it a black screen, or just no icons?

    Edit: Also, what model computer is this?

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    Re: Ubuntu desktop not working

    No there was no Black screen,just no icons,also when i was right clicking i could see the options and i also try to create a new folder and the new icon would appear but just that.
    It is a Lenovo G530 4446.Thanks again

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    Re: Ubuntu desktop not working

    Could you have accidently moved the folders when in file manager? If you can remember what was there maybe try to do a search to see if they can be located.

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    Re: Ubuntu desktop not working

    Oh no i did not do something like that.What i wanted to say is that when i saw that there is nothing on my desktop i tried to see what would happen if i would create a new folder and i was actually surprised that i could see the new icon of the folder i created.Thank you for your reply

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    Re: Ubuntu desktop not working

    Hello thex94!

    Can you open a terminal (Press Ctrl. + Alt. + T) and type in the following:
    Code:
    cat ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs
    and tell us the results of that? (Please post code under [code]code tags[/code])
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    Re: Ubuntu desktop not working

    Hello Jonathan and thank you for your reply! Ok i was going to do what you suggested and i was notified that i had to install some updates which i did ,anyway i logged out from the Gnome desktop and i logged in to the Ubuntu one and everything was there! I have no idea why but it should be something with the updates perhaps?
    Anyway my problem is solved quite unexpectedly but works for me!
    Thank you all for your help!

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