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Unity doesn't load, no Launcher, no Dash appears

I have installed Ubuntu 12.04 on my PC, but when I boot Ubuntu, it simply shows the wallpaper, not any menus or other form of interface. My keyboard does nothing. What can I do to alleviate the situation?

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Stupid question ; what happens if you push the mouse pointer up against the left hand side of the screen? –  Adrian Jun 16 '12 at 21:36
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It seems like your graphics aren't in order. Enter the system in recovery mode (when you boot select recovery mode. and there try Yumi's answer. –  Alvar Jun 16 '12 at 23:27
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Maybe you are having problems with graphics acceleration?

I suggest you try "ctrl+alt+F2", you should see a text terminal. Then install unity 2d using:

Then restart with:

sudo shutdown -r now
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I tried with "ctrl+alt+f2" it works, it shows me this Ubuntu 12.04 LTS "name" tty2 "name" login: Then i put my login password: Then I can't type anything here :S –  LorDraku Jun 16 '12 at 20:00
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I'm sorry in advance if this question is dumb to you: you know that in linux, when you type a password in a terminal, it shows nothing right? (no asterisks like in windows: ****) You just type the password and hit enter. –  Yumi Jun 16 '12 at 20:33
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Try to run terminal and type

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Sometimes these types of problem, run away with updates.

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Try choosing Ubuntu 2D from the login screen. From there you can investigate any driver issues with your graphics card, if any. I actually prefer Ubuntu 2D.

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