View Full Version : [SOLVED] Issue with starting Unity: No panel or WM

October 10th, 2014, 12:44 AM
Hi all,

I'm running 14.04 and all of a sudden Unity is no longer starting after a reboot. That is, I don't see the panel appearing and the window manager doesn't start. What does start is the filemanager (I see the folders and files on the desktop appearing and I can open the folders).

I've isolated the issue towards a systemwide issue as I created a test user (in the console tty, via the adduser command), which has the exact same behaviour. So removing local files in my home directory will not resolve the issue.

Some basic information about my system:
- It has 8GB RAM and a recent i7 CPU
- It has a GTX 770 graphics card, these are using the recent Nvidia drivers (version 340.46, released 30 September 2014).

Please request more info as needed.

October 10th, 2014, 02:33 AM
You can reset Compiz with this

dconf reset -f /org/compiz/

and restart Unity with this

setsid unity


October 10th, 2014, 03:01 AM
Thank you for your prompt reply.

Given that haven't used the sudo command, I presume you've intended me to run this as a user, resetting account-specific settings. As noted in the OP, the issue is systemwide though, so resetting account-specific settings is a fruitless endeavour.

I did run your suggested commands though, as I could open a terminal via the file manager. But running them both with or without sudo doesn't resolve the issue.

October 10th, 2014, 03:15 AM
The issue is resolved: I reinstalled the Nvidia drivers, apparently there was an issue there, somewhere.

Note for others, facing perhaps similar issues: I did install the proprietary Nvidia drivers manually, I did not use any PPA or the packages in the system, due to their age.

October 10th, 2014, 03:18 AM
But running them both with or without sudo doesn't resolve the issue.

Then it is not a problem with Compiz, the compositor/window manager and it is not a problem with Unity. Process of elimination. What else is system wide? Not themes. Not wallpapers. The Nautilus file manager is integrated into the desktop. I was not aware that we could use Nautilus to open a terminal. Have you added some kind of extension or plugin?