Disappearing menu panel

mark markfpyles at gmail.com
Thu Jan 1 03:46:58 UTC 2009

Hi Ray:

I feel your pain. Here is what I was told:

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.

I'm having some difficulties following the instructions, but I am 
writing for more clarifications. I hope this helps you. Thanks.


Ray Parrish wrote:
> mark wrote:
>> Hi Koh Choon:
>> Thank you for your suggestion, unfortunately that didn't work for me 
>> and after exhausting everything I could think of, I finally had to 
>> reinstall the software again which worked fine until at one point when 
>> I needed to restart my computer the menu panels were gone again. I was 
>> smart enough to put my program shortcuts on my desktop instead of in 
>> the top menu panel. I wish there was some way to fix this ongoing 
>> problem. Thank you!
>> Mark
>> Koh Choon Lin wrote:
>>>> 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.
>>> Removing the configuration files in your home folder might help in
>>> resetting to default.
>>> Koh Choon Lin
> I've been having the same problem with the newest kernel for Hardy 
> Heron, and usually a reboot fixes it. If it doesn't, I then select the 
> next kernel back in my grub menu,on the next reboot, and that always 
> works. The big problem with this is that I must hard power down with the 
> power button in order to reboot.
> I also notice that when I do power down, boot up messages begin 
> appearing on the screen, the first of which is the call to start alsa... 
> Tben after it starts four or five more thiings, it realizes it's 
> shutting down, and runs shut down scripts from that point on.
> I don't know what is supposed to be starting right before alsa, but I 
> have a feeling it's the problem here. I note that the start up sound 
> works while the system is starting also, but when I get into X, I can 
> see the very edge of the drop down menu showing at the top of the 
> screen, but it refuses to come down into view, and attempting to use 
> ALT-F2 to bring up a Run Application box will not work either, although 
> anything on the desktop will start just fine.
> I'm pretty new to Ubuntu so I don't know how to go about troubleshooting 
> this. I hope someone out there has some suggestions for us.
> Later, Ray Parrish
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