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Old 05-27-2007, 01:21 AM   #1
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GNOME Menu gone missing


Hi all, I'm running OpenSUSE 10.2 with Gnome,and about 3 weeks ago, the Gnome menu button started acting strangely. I'd start my PC and the desktop would load, with the panel at the bottom, but no menu - that is, the equivalent of the Start button ("Computer") was missing. Then after seven minutes, the button would appear and all would be well.

Today, I decided to look into it, so right-click on the button once it appeared then start looking at properties. That gave me the chance to add a new menu to the panel, so I tried that. But then it wouldn't save what I'd done, so I quit, which popped up an error message "Panel encountered a problem loading OAFIID:GNOME_Mainmenu". That gave me the chance to delete the applet, which I took to be the bit I'd added, but no, the menu button doesn't come up at all now.

This is a real pain - no menu button means I can only start apps for which there's something on my desktop! Glad I happen to have an html file sitting there so I can start Firefox! But I can't get to a command prompt except by ctrl-alt-F1.

You advice very welcome, thanks.

Stuart
 
Old 05-27-2007, 10:10 AM   #2
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Right click on the panel, select Add to Panel..., scroll down and highlight Main Menu, click the Add button. You should have your menu back.
 
Old 05-29-2007, 02:31 PM   #3
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Smile GNOME Menu missing

Aha! Easy when you know how, thanks very much for that.

Now I'm working normally again, I still have a long delay before I can click on the menu. That is, the area on the left of the panel that should contain "Computer" is blank for several minutes after start-up. On Windows, I'd go into task manager to see what processes were preventing the menu from appearing, but I don't know how to do that on Linux. I know about "top", but don't understand what it's telling me, and of course before the menu appears, I can't start a terminal! I can use ctrl-alt-F1 to go to a virtual console, so if someone can suggest a command that would diagnose the problem from there, I'll have a go.

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Old 05-29-2007, 02:55 PM   #4
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Check your system for GNOME System Monitor or install it. It displays system information similar to the task manager except there is a bit more information provided by default. You'll still need to wait for your menu to start the System Monitor of course.

Really, top is quicker. Check out section 2.5.2 for a pretty decent and quick tutorial --> http://www.redhat.com/docs/manuals/l.../admin-primer/
 
  


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