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After I installed Gnome 3, restarted, and logged back in with "Gnome" as the chosen interface. My desktop looks like this. Any solution?

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up vote 3 down vote accepted
  • From the screenshot, I see you are running Ubuntu in VMWare Player (on Windows).

  • What's probably happening is that Gnome isn't detecting 3D acceleration/support and is falling back to Gnome 2D (which looks exactly like your screenshot).

  • VMWare Player does have rudimentary 3D support, but it needs to be enabled from the settings first; see the below screenshot:

    enter image description here

  • If you can't find that option in the settings, add this line to the .vmx file:

    mks.enable3D = "TRUE"
  • Then restart VMWare player, boot Ubuntu, select Gnome and hopefully you'll get Gnome-Shell (3D).

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izx, thanks for your immediate response. I am unable to locate a ".vmx" file; however, I see a ".vmxf" file in the Documents/Virutal Machines directory. For some reason, the options to select 3D Graphics and Monitors in the Display option is greyed out, so I can't change any of the settings. – AsianXL Aug 15 '12 at 1:51
Nevermind, I got it to work now. Thanks! – AsianXL Aug 15 '12 at 2:01

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