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Old 04-26-2014, 06:22 PM   #1
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Unable to change away from Unity desktop; all attempts simply fail


I've followed the (rather straightforward) install directions I found for each of the different desktops. Upon rebooting after each attempt, the Unity desktop still remains. It's as if each of the directions had left out a key piece. Each attempt, however, ran what would seem "normally." There were no weird errors or hangs or anything. I'm only doing this because my video hardware is too whimpy (super-slow screen redraws) so I just need something more lightweight. I tried Gnome, lubuntu, kubuntu, xubuntu, and XFCE. I have searched this forum and others, but no one else seems plagued by this, so I'm obviously just doing something dumb.

I have a fresh install of Ubuntu 14.04 running. Machine is Supermicro X9SRL-F with C602 chipset.
 
Old 04-26-2014, 06:24 PM   #2
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if i undestood you well, you sucessfully installed xfce on your ubuntu but canot login into it?

you can change Desktop Environment on login screen.
 
Old 04-26-2014, 06:28 PM   #3
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No, none of the different desktops installed, at all. And so no, there's no opportunity to login into anything other than Unity. No choices, no selections, just the same login screen as before. It's as if nothing happened to my machine whatsoever. It's weird, to me. Thanks for playing...
 
Old 04-26-2014, 11:22 PM   #4
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Could you tell us more about how you installed the different desktops? Did you use the Ubuntu Software Center to install them?
 
Old 04-27-2014, 07:32 AM   #5
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do you have login screen where small round ubuntu icon appears, whan happens when you click on it?
edit:i tried loging out of my lubuntu and i do have choices in upper right corner.

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Old 04-27-2014, 07:51 AM   #6
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All you have to do now is log out then log back in the session but select the desktop environment you want to use by clicking on the round button look at the attached picture
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Old 04-28-2014, 05:52 PM   #7
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Thanks! That worked. I didn't know that was a button. I thought it was just some lame decoration.
Bad news though... none of the alternate desktops (that were actually installed but I didn't know it) performed any better than Unity, on my crappy hardware. Actually, they were worse. Oh well.
 
Old 04-28-2014, 08:09 PM   #8
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What are your hardware specs and what desktops have you tried? There might be some even lighter-weight alternatives.
 
Old 04-29-2014, 12:13 PM   #9
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Machine is Supermicro X9SRL-F with C602 chipset with Matrox G200eW 16MB DDR2 graphics. Thanks.
 
Old 04-29-2014, 12:15 PM   #10
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The things we need to know are your CPU, RAM, and graphics chip.
 
Old 04-29-2014, 01:12 PM   #11
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The matrox G200eW is graphics and the reason all his DE's run like dog poop, it's old school pre 2000 old school. the other issue is it's attached to a modern server board so his OS is all kinds of confused.
 
Old 04-29-2014, 02:15 PM   #12
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Try loading Damn Small Linux or Puppy or CrunchBang.
 
Old 04-29-2014, 02:27 PM   #13
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enlightenment is a good graphica interface, and it is available for Ubuntu just install it
Code:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:hannes-janetzek/enlightenment-svn
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install e17

Remove the other desktop environment
Code:
sudo apt-get remove xubuntu-desktop
Code:
sudo apt-get remove lubuntu-desktop
 
  


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