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I just installed GNOME Shell. Only a File Menu is being displayed. GNOME Classic works just fine. Can someone help me? I'd like to have the GNOME 3 user interface.

My system specs are : Pentium 4 3.0 Ghz, 1GB DDR2 RAM, Intel 82865g with 96 mb video RAM and 3d acceleration.

Here's a screenshot:

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Could you please describe what you see in greater detail? Perhaps provide a screenshot? – Satchit Bhogle Apr 8 '12 at 12:41
well... i updated my ubuntu 11.10, and now i get only the desktop background :| i can't post any images, i don't have enough "reputation"...srry – Robert Sandor Apr 8 '12 at 14:16
Please add this to question – Tachyons Apr 8 '12 at 14:20
what should i add to question? – Robert Sandor Apr 8 '12 at 14:22
So you don't have the Panel bar at the top displaying the time and your name in corner? – Gary Apr 8 '12 at 14:24


open the terminal and type

sudo apt-get purge gnome-shell and then sudo apt-get install gnome-shell. What method did you use to install the gnome-shell?

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You can get the latest Version of the gnome-shell via ppa. That could possibly solve your problem.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
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