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Old 04-01-2009, 02:20 PM   #1
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Boot error

When I start my Ubuntu 8.10 up on VMware, it seems to go fine until the desktop pops up, and it just stays there... No Icons, no menus, nothing. I've been downloading gtk+ dependencies, and the OS is relatively new so I guess it could've been an update that screwed it up also. Any ideas?
Old 04-01-2009, 05:23 PM   #2
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It sounds like there's something messing up your gnome desktop environment settings.

You should be able to reset it by doing this:

press ctrl+alt+f1, this will take you to a text-mode window. Log in with your normal user details, then type this (on three lines):

mv ~/.gnome ~/.gnome-backup
mv ~/.gnome2 ~/.gnome2-backup
Then press ctrl+alt+f7 to go back to the desktop. Press ctrl+alt+backspace to kill the broken desktop (or just restart the VMware machine).

You should then be able to log in using the default settings.

Hope that helps,

—Robert J Lee
Old 04-01-2009, 06:32 PM   #3
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Where are those files? I've gotten to the home directory, but I'm not sure where to go where the command will find them.

There is a file in /Desktop called gnome-terminal.desktop Is that anything>?

Last edited by planetplosion; 04-01-2009 at 07:00 PM.
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1) File Manager > > Show > "Show Hidden Files",
to see all the hidden directories.

2) And try this command
ls -alR | grep .gnome

The hidden directories .gnome , .gnome2
holds the config files for Gnome.
( There can be something in .config too.)

Deleting the files or moving them to a
backup directory, as told by @ rjlee, will
generate a new set of config files, with
all things being set to default.


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