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Old 04-30-2008, 08:44 PM   #1
dowkeith
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Desktop disappeared when I upgraded to Hardey Heron


I have an Acer 5570 2067 notebook with a dual boot setup installed last September. I only use Windows for financial transactions. Everything was fine until I upgraded last weekend to Hardy Heron. I have lost the gnome desktop and am now in a terminal mode when I turn on the computer to the Ubuntu side. I got some help installing gnome with the sudo apt-get gnome command. It also appears that I have the gnome display manager because when I enter a sudo halt command, I get the response: stopping gnome display manager. Still, I have no desktop. I am trying to learn Linux gradually, but I would like to have the security of the desktop in the meantime.

I tried a startx gnome command, which led to a "fatal server error" "no screens" response.

Would the easiest thing be to grab my old Feisty Fawn disc and install Ubuntu. Can I do this without screwing up what I have -- either on the Ubuntu or Windows side.

Thanks
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Old 05-01-2008, 06:37 AM   #2
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Post the contents of your /etc/X11/xorg.conf file and the output of
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grep EE /var/log/Xorg.0.log
 
Old 05-01-2008, 07:13 AM   #3
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Have a look at "How to get started with no GUI" on http://kubuntuforums.net/forums/inde...opic=3085112.0 and/or "HowTo: Reconfigure X with “dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg” on http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=690760
 
Old 05-03-2008, 09:18 AM   #4
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New desktop problem

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Post the contents of your /etc/X11/xorg.conf file and the output of
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Hello Weibullguy:

My problem has evolved. I wound up doing two things on advice from forum members. First, I entered the command sudo apt-get install gnome. Then I entered sudo dpkg reconfigure xserver-xorg.

Somehow I wound up with a Kubuntu desktop. Navigator just winks on and off about 5 times when I start up. This isn't such a bad thing because I can use Konquerer. But I can't seem to rezize or move windows with the mouse. What I can do is mazimize windows by right clicking the tab at the bottom of the screen.

I also seem to have no toolbar - with bookmarks on Firefox. If it is hidden, I can't find out how to make it appear. I have tried to find online information without success so far. To order a disc and reinstall Hardy Heron sounds risky since I have a dual boot with Windows, I can live with the system as it is, but it is much more clunky like the Vista OS I fled from.
 
Old 05-03-2008, 09:44 AM   #5
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The command shouldn't have been: sudo apt-get install gnome. It should have been: sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop

You can change from KDE to Gnome etc from the place where you sign in with your username and password. There is an icon to the lower right where you can change sessions etc.

"I also seem to have no toolbar - with bookmarks on Firefox" I'm not sure that I understand this. At the top of "View" there is "Toolbars" - "Navigation" and "Bookmarks". You will also have "Bookmarks" at the top
 
Old 05-03-2008, 09:49 AM   #6
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new desktop problem

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Have a look at "How to get started with no GUI" on http://kubuntuforums.net/forums/inde...opic=3085112.0 and/or "HowTo: Reconfigure X with “dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg” on http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=690760
Hello arocherster:

My problem has evolved since I wrote the earlier query. On some advice from two members on another forum, I entered two commands. The first: sudo apt-get install gnome didn't get me out of terminal mode. The second: sudo depk-reconfigure xserver-org (the same one you just gave me) got me a desktop back. When the query form came up, I used all the defaults because some questions I couldn't answer. I wound up with a Kubuntu desktop _ KDE - instead of gnome. But portions of gnome may be there. What I have is perfectly acceptable to me, but it is like Vista - crippled. Here are the chief issues, which I am trying to solve on my own.

1. I can use Konquerer instead of Navigator, but it comes up on the bottom quarter left hand side of the screen. I can't resize or more this window or any other window. I maximize it by right clicking the proper tab at the bottom of the screen.
2. Firefox no longer has a bookmark toolbar. I can add bookmarks by right clicking, but they just appear as tabs on top instead of in a dropdown menu.

All of this is minor. I am happy to be in business again, but I feel as if I am operating at 80%. It lacks the beauty of what I had on Ubuntu Gutsy. I feel as if I am back at cranky Vista again.
 
Old 05-03-2008, 10:45 AM   #7
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1)I don't use KDE but it sounds like your windows decorations or somthing is off. Have you tried looking through the settings or system administration menus for somthing about this. Maybe try turning on a different theme and see what happens.
2)What you describe as being there already IS the bookmarks toolbar. I have no idea why the menu for bookmarks disappeared tho.
 
Old 05-05-2008, 01:35 PM   #8
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Desktop disappeared

I want to thank you. I am back on Ubuntu thanks to your advice about the button, which I had not noticed before. I was able to make Ubuntu gnome the default again. I think the system is about 95% of what it was. There seems to be some updating I can't do and Navigator doesn't function. I am almost positive that is because I have Konqueror still on gnome. Navigator wigs in and out about five times before disapperaring. But I am satisfied limping along like this. Thanks again for all the advice.


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The command shouldn't have been: sudo apt-get install gnome. It should have been: sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop

You can change from KDE to Gnome etc from the place where you sign in with your username and password. There is an icon to the lower right where you can change sessions etc.

"I also seem to have no toolbar - with bookmarks on Firefox" I'm not sure that I understand this. At the top of "View" there is "Toolbars" - "Navigation" and "Bookmarks". You will also have "Bookmarks" at the top
 
Old 05-05-2008, 01:38 PM   #9
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disktop disappeared

I am about 95% back and satisfied. Someone pointed out to me a little button I hadn't noticed on the signon screen. I was able to select Ubuntu gnome as the default when I come on. The only problems left are that navigator wigs out (probably because Konqueror is present) and apparently I can't do complete updates. But I think this thing is working now. Thanks for your interest.


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1)I don't use KDE but it sounds like your windows decorations or somthing is off. Have you tried looking through the settings or system administration menus for somthing about this. Maybe try turning on a different theme and see what happens.
2)What you describe as being there already IS the bookmarks toolbar. I have no idea why the menu for bookmarks disappeared tho.
 
  


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