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While away from the UK in Zambia my wife ran the update through package manager and now we have no icons.

We have the wallpaper but cannot do anything!

share|improve this question… ??? – Bruno Pereira Dec 11 '12 at 9:41
have you tried those methods? – adi Dec 11 '12 at 9:44

It seems that your desktop doesn't load. As a workaround you can try to switch to console with Ctrl+Alt+F1, log in, and issue these commands:

rm -rf ~/.config/compiz-1/compizconfig/*
sudo reboot

I hope it will help you.

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