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After a fresh installm of ubuntu 12.10 (complete erase) after logging in it appears i have no taskbar or much of anything, although i can still execute my terminal with CTRL+ALT+T. i looked around a little, seems i'm not the only person who has had this problem. I found here: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=12303179#post12303179 From there, i found myself here: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/nvidia-graphics-drivers-updates/+bug/1068341

I followed precisely the instructions provided which were:

this problem is solved this way

Switch to a terminal (Ctrl-Alt-F1).

Login as your username.

Install linux source (sudo apt-get install linux-source) and headers (sudo apt-get install linux-headers-3.5.0-17-generic).

Uninstall nvidia driver - this depends on which version you installed (sudo apt-get remove nvidia-current or sudo apt-get remove nvidia-current-updates or sudo apt-get remove nvidia-experimental-304).

Reinstall nvidia driver (sudo apt-get install nvidia-current-updates).

If it successfully installs, restart the computer (sudo shutdown -r now).

Source Desktop does not show when I installed nvidia drivers!

I have rebooted, and i am still having the exact same problem. so i back at square one. can someone help me please? this is my room mates computer and i told him i was "fixing" it and now i feel like i've ruined it. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time.

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How about you just uninstall the nvidia drivers and restart? You can install those once your desktop works after verifying which ones would work best with your card. –  nikhil Nov 28 '12 at 8:01
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After reading all the posts on here and thru google this is the standard lines I type in my terminal after a new install 12.10 with nvidia cards, seems to work bruce

sudo apt-get purge nvidia-current nvidia-current-updates nvidia-experimental-304

sudo apt-get purge nvidia-current 
sudo apt-get purge nvidia-current-updates

sudo apt-get install linux-source 
sudo apt-get install linux-headers-generic 
sudo apt-get install nvidia-current-updates

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-x-swat/x-updates 
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade 
sudo apt-get install nvidia-current


sudo reboot
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Hello Bruce, thank you very much for your reply. i followed your instructions exactly, and upon reboot, my desktop is still blank. is it perhaps because im not sure of the card? I'm on a Dell Dimension 3000 desktop PC. –  Travis Nov 21 '12 at 17:49
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