I realise that this question has been asked before, the best example being here (Unity doesn't load, no Launcher, no Dash appears).
I should mention I have never used Ubuntu before today, and it was working fine for a few hours before Unity (as I have learned it is called) disappeared.
My problem is identical to the OP of the above thread, however none of the solutions have changed anything for me. I am using 12.10.
compizconfig-settings-manager are both installed.
Here are a list of commands suggested in the above thread that have failed:
ccsmin terminal, and then checking the unity plugin is enabled: it is
unity --resetwhen I do this command, terminal responds with 'reset function is now deprecated'
rm -rf .compiz-1does nothing - terminal does not respond
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated :)