Which desktop do you use?
If you use kde, it is the kicker panel. First if it is running:
If it is kde, hit [ALT]-[F2] (the run dialog popup) and enter "konsole". This will start the terminal.
ps -u <your user name>
If it shows up, kill the old one and restart it:
Another useful shortcut is [ALT]-F1 which brings opens up the menu.
Last edited by jschiwal; 10-15-2008 at 06:36 AM.