View Full Version : [all variants] [SOLVED] Panels are invisible or missing

September 22nd, 2008, 02:16 PM
Hello, my panels have disappeared. I have tried
apt-get --reinstall install ubuntu-desktop
as well as purging gnome-panel and reinstalling, etc., with no luck... when I try and run gnome-panel from the terminal, it says "A panel is already running".

I hit the windows start key on the keyboard and it brings up an EMPTY box for the main menu...

I used to have two panels, one on the bottom left corner and the other on the bottom right (with AWN in the middle). Now I just have AWN and not panels... any ideas on how to get them back?


September 22nd, 2008, 02:24 PM
Is it possible you accidentally hid the panels using compiz? Hit Alt+F2 and a Run Application box should pop up. Type the following into that box:

metacity --replace

September 22nd, 2008, 02:35 PM
Tried that (thanks) but no luck... it disabled compiz when I ran it, but panels did not reappear...

September 22nd, 2008, 02:44 PM
killall gnome-panel does not work (which it probably wont)

you could try looking at the panel config or removing the panel config file, or going into gconf-editor


September 22nd, 2008, 03:02 PM
Thanks! That fixed it. The problem was the gconf settings (they remained even after purging/deleting gnome-panel and reinstalling).

It was fixed by:
apt-get remove gnome-panel
Deleted the panel directory from .gconf
apt-get --reinstall install ubuntu-desktop

September 22nd, 2008, 03:04 PM
Hi guy,

Mark this thread as solved please.