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I need help with this.

Postby maskiepop on Fri Nov 30, 2012 8:02 am

I was doing so well ... until.

I have downloaded linuxmint 13 xfce; I installed it on my usb 3.0 ext hd and was actually well on my way to getting the kind of system I like. I have installed most of the the apps I wanted, and by and large, they were all working well.

Then I clicked on update manager to bring in the rest of the software updates. The whole process to update the software took almost twelve hours. Eventually I cancelled it.

I then ran the software update again without going through the update manager. I went commandline because I was beginning to suspect that updates via the software center and the update manager were not exactly working as well as they should: I've been having problems with them. Synaptic seems ok, though.

The software updates via commandline completed successfully. It still took a long time -- seven hours. On reboot however, I am confronted with just the wallpaper. The panel, the icons have all disappeared from view.

I think the system is still intact and working because I can invoke gnome-do, look around, and invoke apps such as firefox. My main problem is that the panel and all the icons have disappeared from view.

I'd rather not go back and re-install . How can I get my desktop looking "normal" again?

Thx

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Re: I need help with this.

Postby sagirfahmid3 on Fri Nov 30, 2012 11:45 am

You could try creating new configuration files in your home folder.

1. Switch to console (Ctrl+Alt+F1) and log in using your regular username and password
2. Stop your session so new config files cannot be made (sudo service mdm stop); enter password when asked
3. Rename your .config folder to something else (mv .config .config-old)
4. Now restart your session (sudo service mdm start)

The problem should be fixed.
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Re: I need help with this.

Postby maskiepop on Wed Oct 30, 2013 9:10 pm

Thx for your reply.

I decided on a different course of action instead. My google search came up with some rather poor reviews of the LM 15 xfce desktop. Sorry I forgot to note down the urls, otherwise I would have posted them here. The advice by those who gave the LM xfce a thumbs down is to use the LM Cinnammon instead. I did that; LM 15 Cin does look good and is working well.

Thx again

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