panel is gone / Alt+Tab doesn't work

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panel is gone / Alt+Tab doesn't work

Postby Wolfson » Tue Feb 19, 2013 5:37 pm


I'm pretty new to Linux and completely new to Linux Mint ;)
I'm running Linux Mint 14 Mate on my desktop and up to yesterday everything was fine. I then tried to download different themes of which some did not really work. Also I installed wine and a windows-program. Today, I started the computer again and an empty desktop was provided from the system.

    The wallpaper was gone
    the panel including the menu disappeared
    I can't switch between programs with ALT+TAB anymore

I tried to find the solution by searching this forum as well as the internet but didn't succeed so far. One point seems really strange to me:
When I right-click on the desktop and open the "change background of the desktop" (I'm not sure if it's the correct translation to english), the window is called Cinnamon-settings! I thought I'm running Mate???

Another thing: I figured out, I can start the panel by opening a terminal with CTRL+ALT+T and then enter "mate-panel". But it disappears again when I close the terminal and ALT+TAB still does not work.

Also I tried to install the .deb-packages suggested here but two of them had errors during installation due to dependencies to packages of which my system has different versions :(

Can anyone help me?
Thanks in advance!

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Re: panel is gone / Alt+Tab doesn't work

Postby g-banjo » Wed Feb 27, 2013 8:18 pm

Exactly the same thing has happened to me! Did you find a solution?

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Re: panel is gone / Alt+Tab doesn't work

Postby TheDynamicHamza21 » Fri Mar 01, 2013 1:13 pm

Wolfson & gbanjo

did you try using the terminal and type in:

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mate-panel --reset


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sudo mate-panel --reset

then delete you mate folder located in your home folder .config/mate
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