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I've install the GNOME desktop with sudo apt-get install gnome, as instructed here. It is not working properly, as shown below.

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Do you use a proprietary driver (System Settings -> Additional Drivers) for your graphics card? – jPlatte May 21 '12 at 19:35

First try to restart your GNOME SHELL as follows-

Press ALT+F2

in the run command option enter the letter "r" and hit enter.Your shell will restart.

If this doesn't work,You maight have to reinstall GNOME SHELL.

To remove GNOME SHELL open the terminal and enter the following command-

sudo apt-get purge gnome

and then to re-install GNOME SHELL enter the command-

sudo apt-get install -y gnome

You may also remove and add the GNMOE SHELL/GNOME DESKTOP ENVIRONMENT from the Software Center but the termial use would be better.

share|improve this answer even my terminal is not visible,in gnome shell.. see the image – Ankit May 19 '12 at 6:20
did you try restarting the gnome shell by the Alt+f2method? – Nirmik May 19 '12 at 6:26
If you have and that did not work, log-out,and before logging in select the session to UBUNTU(unity)[I suppose you know to do it] and log in in unity and then remove should rather actually that itself.You should not log in in GNOME session and remove Gnome.IT will caude problem.So log in in unity and then remove GNOME – Nirmik May 19 '12 at 6:30
i restarted it also using alt+f2 i did ol the above commands.. also for uninstalling and reinstalling.. but aint working even.. it just removed 52 kb space and after installing back.. filled up 52 kb again.. but when i installed it earlier it used around 500 mb space – Ankit May 19 '12 at 6:31
i uninstalled it using gnome classic session............... – Ankit May 19 '12 at 6:31

Well here is the GUI way to remove GNOME DESKTOP ENVIRONMENT and GNOME SHELL

Let me bring to your notice that the 500Mb you had installed when you installed GNOME was because it included the DEFAULT GNOME APPLICATIONS,ETC

The problem you are facing is actually with GNOME SHELL-The actual component responsible for the GNOME GUI ENVIRONMENT

So you maight not free as much space as you installed.Because you are not Deleting the APPLICATIONS.

Now the procedure-

  1. Start the Software Center from the launcher.

  2. In the search bar, enter GNOME as shown below-

gnome s

3 .After the search returns the results,you will see the 1st result as GNOME DESKTOP ENVIRONMENT

Click on the REMOVE Button against it as shown below-

gnome s2

4.After Removeing the ENVIRONMENT add to the search bar SHELL as shown-

shell s

5.After the search results are dispalyed,you will get the 1st result as GNOME SHELL as shown-

shell 2

Click on the REMOVE Button against it.

After this is done,Restart Your computer.

When the log in screen appears,Click on the sessions menu and you will find that all options of the GNOME ENVIRONMENT are absent.

Log in into the available UNITY environment and INSTALL gnome the same way from the SOFTWARE CENTER as you removed it..In place of the REMOVE Button yu will see the INSTALL Button...

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I uninstalled it.. and then reinstalled it.. still the problem is unchanged :( – Ankit May 19 '12 at 7:58
Well i tried searching the internet too but i cant find any info.You may consider reinstalling UBUNTU itself..running the update 1st after the reinstall and installing gnome b4 installing anything else.Thats the order i had followed when i reinstalled 12.04.idk if this is has anything to do with it running correctly but it worked perfectly for me in this way atleast. Sorry i couldnt help :( – Nirmik May 19 '12 at 8:06
okay.. stay with me.. i am new to linux.. i want to use ubuntu.. all its features.. its exciting.. so tell me step wise step what shall i do.. like command by command.. lets start with first uninstalling ubuntu.. i instslled ubuntu using link[link] this.. – Ankit May 19 '12 at 8:14
Okay..Dont worry..The community is certainly here to help you.M glad you like LINUX..Now,you have installed UBUNTU thru WUBI thei windows installer.Unfortunately i do not have an experience in using WUBI.Just search as a new question how to uninstall UBUNTU WHICH HAS BEEN INSTALLED THROUGH WUBI.after you succeed in doing it,i would recomend you to DUAL BOOT your system and not INSTALL THROUGH WUBI.It is always better.SO you first learn that and then i can guide you through HOW TO INSTALL UBUNTU ALONGSIDE WINDOWS(aka HOW TO DUAL BOOT YOUR PC WITH WINDOWS). – Nirmik May 19 '12 at 8:20
hmm.. okay nirmik.. thankx for ol.. i will first serch how to unistall.. – Ankit May 19 '12 at 8:25

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