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Old 05-27-2011, 07:13 PM   #1
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Please help. I just upgraded to 11.04 and I am having problems


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I have to admit that I have been a newbie for a couple of years now. I always have seem to have problems whenever I upgrade using the upgrade manager, this time is no different.

I just upgraded to 11.04. While exploring and trying to get used to the new desktop, my system froze. I restarted and it restarted with no tool bar. I have absolutely no way of minimizing or closing this window, accessing files, or even shutting my computer down unless I force if off using the power button. Can some one please help me. If I can't get a tray back, how can I go back to the previous version, hopefully without having to start from scratch, using a disk and reloading all my files and settings.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.
 
Old 05-27-2011, 08:04 PM   #2
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Hi there,

Once you login did you try right clicking and adding up the default panel?

Also are you able to open up a terminal (console) if yes, then type "systemsettings" without quotes and then you will be able to configure the display as to how the desktop should look like.
 
Old 05-27-2011, 08:08 PM   #3
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I will try that, thank you.
 
Old 05-27-2011, 08:11 PM   #4
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I'm not really equipped to help with any of those issues you described, But I can ask a question:

What version did you upgrade from?
If it was one of the lower ones (9.10 or 10.04) you may have missed files that Ubuntu changed or removed from from your original version during the upgrade to the newest one.

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I have absolutely no way of minimizing or closing this window, accessing files, or even shutting my computer down unless I force if off using the power button.
You can still do some of these things, if you hold CTRL-ALT F1 it will open a command line and you can type:
Code:
name@computer:$ shutdown
-or-
name@computer:$ reboot
To shut down and restart (respectively)

You can also access you files as long as you know where they are ... For instance if you want to get at your documents:
Code:
name@computer:$ cd /home/usrname/Documents
Which will put you in that directory, then if you need to copy any of those (in case you DO need to do a re-install) files, I think the command cp may be what you are looking for.

Those are all the ideas I can think of ... It's not much, because I don't know much ... Sorry I can't explain cp more, but I don't want to recommend anything and be wrong and have you damage your system because I'm a retard. Good luck, Hopefully you get a reply on here with more insight.
 
Old 05-27-2011, 09:27 PM   #5
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Hello,

I do appreciate all the help. I am not comfortable doing all those commands. I did try what was suggested, and I was able to get the tool bar back, but now I am limited to access to one workspace, the workspace switcher is not working now. I really like being able to use more than one work space.

I upgraded from 10.10. I always have problems when I upgrade using the upgrade manager. I usually install from the CD, but I didn't feel like reloading all my files, and was hoping it would work this time. I was wrong, and I am getting sick of Ubuntu and their upgrades.

Any suggestions on what I should try next? If I do stay with Ubuntu, I will have to go back to 10.10. I do not like 11.04 at all.
Any suggestions on how I uninstall 11.04 and go back to 10.10 without doing a complete reinstall?
 
Old 05-27-2011, 09:32 PM   #6
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Hi there,

As I mentioned in my previous post you can get into system settings and there you will find option to configure workspace behaviour. You can configure workspace switching from there.

Just a reminder. Open up console and type: systemsettings

Please have a look at my previous post.
 
Old 05-27-2011, 09:47 PM   #7
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I haven't used Ubuntu upgrade in years. If you create a separate /home partition, you can do a clean (full) install and specify to use the (old) /home. Ubuntu handles this well. All your settings work just fine, but you will need to re-install programs you have specifically installed - I have yet to find a situation where the new version fails to work as expected.
If it all goes to hell, do similar with the old version - in my case I keep two versions on disk so I can "flip-flop" between them in need.

So ... I'd recommend you split out /home, and do a full (re-)install of the old version - see here for an example of how to do that. There may be others that you find "better" - a quick google found several.
 
Old 05-27-2011, 10:03 PM   #8
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T3RM1NVT0R - I was able to get into the terminal and it kept asking for a password. I tried the password I use for updates and adding software, and it wouldn't work. I couldn't do anything from there.

syg00 - I ALWAYS BACK UP. I cannot afford to loose my files, and I always burn a CD of the new versions.

Again, thank you for the help.
 
Old 05-27-2011, 10:10 PM   #9
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syg00 Thank you for that site. I am going to bookmark it, and I will upgrade that way for now on.

Thank you again for your help.
 
Old 05-27-2011, 10:17 PM   #10
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You can try: sudo systemsettings or if you want to reset the root password and want to launch systemsettings as root then you can do sudo passwd root and can reset the root password.

Small suggestion, do not login to GUI with root as it is a security risk.
 
  


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