Re: Loss of Placeces Menu
Can you take a screenshot of what you're seeing? You could try re-adding the menu to the panel, and if that doesn't work you could try just resetting Gnome to its default configuration. To do this you just delete the hidden folders in your home folder and then reboot. This command will make it quick and easy for ya:
Just run that as yourself, not root, and then restart your computer. When you log in Gnome should be reset to its default state.
rm -rf .gnome .gnome2 .gconf .gconfd .metacity
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