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<br>I do not think i can help but i will give it a go.
<br>What version of ubuntu are you using?
<br>What happens when you press ad hold the meta or super &ey (formally windows key) do you see the icons numered?
<br>If you re running an aplication can you see it's icon on the left? Can you then leftclick on it and tell it to stay on launcher?
<br>About the usb..
<br>When you connect it do you have any kind of icon on it? If so find out it's name something like dev/sdc when you clic on properties or something
<br>Do you normally use the usb as a working folder? I have been told that usbs can be damaged after a lot of use. But i have a similar netbook aspireone zg5 and still have not found a problem. Do you have another machine where you can see if the usb works? Is it fat32?
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<br><font color="#5b5b5b">Andrés Muñiz Piniella</font>
<br><font color="#5b5b5b">Sent from my Nokia N900</font>
<br><font color="#5b5b5b">Please do not send microsoft office documents</font>
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<br>----- Mensaje original -----
<br>> Dear Ubuntu folks,
<br>> I would be most grateful for help on two problems:
<br>> 1.) My drop-down main menu for launching applications is failing to
<br>> appear when I click on the usual icon on the main top edge panel (it
<br>> just offers me 'Places' & 'System' & 'Quit...'). I have been managing
<br>> without it for a while now because the few applications I use have
<br>> start-icons on the top panel strip.
<br>> I would be grateful if someone could help me to restore it.
<br>> 2.) usb memory sticks which I use to overcome the limited size of the
<br>> solid state netbook hard drive have recently failed to be recognised and
<br>> mounted. The 'Add to panel' facility refuses to add "Disk Mounter"
<br>> -which I assume is the required item (?).
<br>> (I am using a Dell Netbook Inspiron Mini 1011 (or 1101?) which came with
<br>> Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron, April 2008) pre-installed). I use it as a
<br>> desktop with external monitor, keyboard, mouse & usb external optical
<br>> Thankyou in anticipation to someone out there,
<br>> Louis Gidney (Louis AT Gidney DOT com - should you need it.)
<br>> (PS. To give some idea of context- My needs are modest. I bought this
<br>> netbook to run mainly just Mathematica (plus Firefox and Gedit plain text
<br>> editor), hardly ever use Office, & never use it for games or dvd movies.
<br>> I am a 'senior' of 72 in good health, retired in NW Highlands, with
<br>> experience in the computer industry as it was in the 1960s (but
<br>> regretably not a fully-fledged up-to-date geek). Engaged in extending
<br>> my understanding of maths & physics, I occasionally make educational
<br>> 'MathArt' physical models which illustrate various aspects of
<br>> mathematics. I have not yet learnt to use the terminal/console, but aim
<br>> to do so when I get time to read a couple of books I've got on