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Old 05-16-2019, 12:05 AM   #1
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Main Menu no longer comes up when called (Mint 19.1)


Have been using Mint 19.1 for 2 months with no problems. (new user)
suddenly the main menu no longer shows up when called. When I click on its lower left icon there is a screen flicker but the menu doesn't show.
During a prior session I left the computer on for several hours unused. It went into suspension mode with dark screen. I woke up the screen and tried to command a shutdown. I waited 2-3 minutes with no response. I then forced a shutdown with the power button. Could this have had an adverse effect? Corrupted a file? Can I call up the menu with terminal?

Any suggestions on what the problem might be? How to correct it? Do I need to reinstall Mint?
Appreciate any suggestions.
 
Old 05-16-2019, 07:19 AM   #2
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Hi sammatthews, and welcome to LQ.

Yes, a forced shutdown can negatively affect your system.

Did you try using TimeShift to restore a snapshot of your system before the issue occurred?

Are you using Cinnamon, MATE or Xfce?
 
Old 05-17-2019, 06:05 PM   #3
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Thanks for replying.
I am using cinnamon.
I did not try TimeShift.

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Old 05-17-2019, 06:12 PM   #4
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Thanks for replying.
I am using cinnamon.
I did not try TimeShift.
If you have previously set up TimeShift to take regular snapshots, why don't you try reverting to a previous snapshot.
 
Old 05-18-2019, 06:13 PM   #5
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Unfortunately I did not set up TimeShift when I installed Linux.
 
Old 05-18-2019, 06:29 PM   #6
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You've now found out why it is a good idea to set it up.

Do you still have the panel at the bottom of the screen? If so, right-click on an empty area of the panel and select Troubleshoot->Restore all settings to default. See if that makes a difference.
 
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Old 05-19-2019, 12:52 PM   #7
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Your last suggestion worked!
The menu returned! I will be setting up TimeShift.
Thank you very much for your assistance.
 
Old 05-19-2019, 03:16 PM   #8
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