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My computer is older (it has a Radeon 9200 video card) and it just doesn't seem to be able to handle Unity. Is there some way that I can set for the desktop to start up in classic mode instead? Thanks.

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up vote 11 down vote accepted

You just need to run this command:

sudo apt-get install gnome-session-fallback

Log out and you can see the classic gnome on the menu:

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Let me try this out.. will get back to you :) – seanthewebber Nov 3 '12 at 15:13
You are awesome, totally installed Classic GNOME :) – seanthewebber Nov 3 '12 at 16:20
sudo apt-get install gnome-panel

brings some additional software that may be useful, and looks prettier

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Gnome panel is now installed with the gnome-session-fallback so there is no need to also do the gnome-panel. – user216559 Nov 17 '13 at 5:05

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