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Thread: [SOLVED] Please help - my Ubuntu has gone crazy!

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    [SOLVED] Please help - my Ubuntu has gone crazy!

    Alright, here's what happened.

    I was installing updates for my Ubuntu, about 100 megs of updates, just like it told me to. Then, halfway through installing the downloaded updates - my laptop just froze. It crashed. I had no choice but to turn it off and then on.

    Now, my Ubuntu has gone crazy. For some reason, the toolbars at the bottom that allow me to access 'Places' and 'System' and 'Applications' have just gone. Theres just black space there. Additionally, all my files now have however much space they take up written below their icon.

    Additionally, I can not download any updates, or I asssume install anything. It says something about a corruption.

    Has anyone else experienced this? Can someone please help me?

    Many thanks in advance!

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    Re: Please help - my Ubuntu has gone crazy!

    Well, make sure you definitely can't install something, try reinstalling gnome-desktop or ubuntu-desktop.

    I have seen file sizes below icons, but not in this situation. I think it can be disabled in Nautilus, but that will have to be done after we sort out the desktop.
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    Re: Please help - my Ubuntu has gone crazy!

    Oi. Try doing 'sudo apt-get install -f' in the terminal. What does that do?

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    Re: Please help - my Ubuntu has gone crazy!

    Yep, when I try and install anything, it just doesn't work.

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    Re: Please help - my Ubuntu has gone crazy!

    Any specific error message? Like,"E: Broken packages"?
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    Re: Please help - my Ubuntu has gone crazy!

    Tried it vada, all I got was the same thing I always get when I try and install something:

    E: dpkg was interrupted, you must manually run 'dpkg --configure -a' to correct the problem.

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    Re: Please help - my Ubuntu has gone crazy!

    Have you done what it suggests?
    Lucid Beta 2 powered Studio 15 (Core 2 Duo 2.0GHz, 3 GB RAM, HD 3450) & Windows XP powered Scaleo E (Celeron D 3.06GHz, 1.5GB RAM, Intel GMA 915G). Please see Ubuntu Tutorials (my YouTube channel).

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    Re: Please help - my Ubuntu has gone crazy!

    I'm going to sound like a real idiot, but I don't understand what its suggesting.

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    Re: Please help - my Ubuntu has gone crazy!

    Do 'sudo dpkg --configure -a'.

    Meanwhile, I'm going to try this myself, because there's also a similar thread - install OK, updates, and it breaks. :/
    Last edited by Vadi; June 8th, 2008 at 01:39 PM.

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    Re: Please help - my Ubuntu has gone crazy!

    Thank you all! Programs now install fine!

    However, how do I get rid of those annoying space messages beneath the icons?

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