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Old 08-05-2012, 12:12 PM   #1
GeoSPage
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Wink Lost launchers


Hi,
Last night I downloaded and installed the upgrade to 12.04.
My internet connection is Satellite, so naturally it took about 7 hours.
The upgrade seemed to go quite well, however after reboot I no longer have my launcher column on the left side of the screen.
After some experimentation I found that I could start some applications by hitting the F3 key which brings up the "x-nautillus-desktop window, which has allowed me access to some functions.
Does anyone have any idea on how I can bring the launchers back? Would appreciate any help I can get here.
Keep in mind that I am quite new in the use of Linux and am an old fart of 80. So be kind to me. Ha!
 
Old 08-05-2012, 03:15 PM   #2
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it sounds like you installed Gnome 3
replacing the OLD ( and better) Gnome2

but that is only a guess

what version of Ubuntu WAS this

did you use the inplace "upgrade"
or use the dvd as the upgrade source
just HOW did you upgrade
 
Old 08-05-2012, 09:08 PM   #3
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Smile My Launcher problem

Hi John,
I did the upgrade download via my update manager.
I have found that by hitting F3 on my keyboard that this action opens the "x-nautilus" window and that by using it, I can access my files and so far a few of the programs.
Really a bummer!
Thanks for your help,
George
 
Old 08-05-2012, 09:28 PM   #4
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then it is looking like the normal everyday graphics card issue
ATI has had a recent bug
Nvidia needs the propitiatory driver ( unless you were using the nouevau one)

so

what 3d card is in the computer

and what driver did you not reinstall
 
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Old 08-05-2012, 10:27 PM   #5
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I think the OP upgraded to the unity desktop.
Possibly incomplete maybe need to reinsatall DE

Last edited by EDDY1; 08-05-2012 at 10:30 PM.
 
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Old 08-06-2012, 12:52 AM   #6
GeoSPage
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Hi and thanks for the input from both of you.
You've lost me on the video drivers.
I probably should have upgraded from the DVD rather than download it. However, for some reason I was unable to get the computer to boot from the CD/DVD player. Just was unable to get into the bios settings to make the necessary change.
Do you think that it would be the right thing to do to make this installation correct?
If so,I'll probably have to take it to a tech here in Kingman as I am on the ragged edge of my capabilities.
Appreciate your input.
George
 
Old 08-06-2012, 01:04 AM   #7
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What desktop environment did you have before?
You can always log in single-user mode & reinstall desktop environment or display drivers
 
Old 08-06-2012, 09:30 AM   #8
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Hi Eddy,
I have logged in as a guest and the Launcher column is back.
I'll try to work from there.
Been really frustrating but eventually I guess I'll get it worked out.
Thanks so much for your help.
George
 
Old 08-06-2012, 11:40 AM   #9
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Create a new user & transfer all of your important info to it.
 
  


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