Disappearing menu panel Part 2

Charlie Kravetz cjk at teamcharliesangels.com
Wed Dec 31 14:42:44 UTC 2008

On Wed, 31 Dec 2008 07:59:16 -0500
mark <markfpyles at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello:
> I did all the things you suggested but nothing seemed to work. I was
> at my wits end due to all of my programs that I used were on the top
> menu panel and I could no longer open any programs. I finally had to 
> reinstall and this time put my program shortcut icons on my desktop 
> instead of in the menu panel. After a couple of times of restarting
> the computer, the menus are gone again! I am able to get to the
> programs I use most frequently, but still can't get to the menu
> options I need such as "system" to get to the system preferences and
> what have you. The screen's original resolution was set for 1280x800
> which I didn't set, but the computer did from the installation and so
> I left it that way. Is there some way to fix this problem that keeps
> happening? It is driving me crazy!!! Thank you again for all your
> help!
> Mark
> NoOp wrote:
> > On 12/29/2008 04:17 PM, markfpyles wrote:
> >   
> >> Hi everyone:
> >>
> >> I have a big problem. I am running Ubuntu 8.04 (Gnome desktop) on
> >> a Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop and when I closed the computer down
> >> everything was fine, but when I started the computer up the menu
> >> panel at the top of my screen was gone and also my taskbar at the
> >> bottom. All I am left with is a blank desktop. Is there a way to
> >> get my menu at the top of my screen to work again? Please tell me
> >> I don't have to re-install everything. Thank you.
> >>
> >> Mark
> >>
> >>
> >>     
> >
> > My _guess_ is that when you started back up the desktop defaulted to
> > 800x600 resolution and the menus are still there but hidden because
> > of the screen resolution.
> >
> >
> > Try this:
> >
> > Alt-F2 (Alt key plus F2 key)
> >   then enter
> >     gnome-display-properties
> > and see what the resolution is set at. See if yoiu can reset to
> > 1024x768 or whatever your standard resoluton is. If that doesn't
> > work, then try this:
> >
> > Alt-F2
> >   then enter
> >     gksu displayconfig-gtk
> > and try resetting from there.
> >
> > If that doesn't work, then reboot and at the gdm login select
> > "Session" and then "Failsafe GNOME" and login using that. That may
> > get you back to a screen that shows the menus.
> >
> > And if all of those don't work, then reboot and at the grub menu,
> > select the second kernel option for "Recovery". When that finishes
> > booting select the xfix option. That will reset your xorg.conf to a
> > default. When it finishes, select the 1st option to continue to
> > boot normally.
> >

Just a guess here. Have you gone into your /home directory and deleted
all the configuration files for gnome-panel? 

Remove gnome-panel using Alt+F2, sudo apt-get remove --purge
gnome-panel , then go to ~/.config/gnome/gnome-panel and delete the
files. Then using Terminal (Alt+F2) add the panel back (sudo apt-get
install gnome-panel)

This will, of course, remove any additions to the panel, but may fix
the problem.

Good luck,

Charlie Kravetz 
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