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I have lost all Desktop icons after updating on 6 March. I updated from Canonical's archive directly as I thought they would test software before they release it. When I run gnome tweak tool it says there are no extensions installed. They were all there on 5 March but not on 6 March after update.

I tried to download them again but they are greyed out and will not install.

How can I get my icons back in gnome shell?


The only desktop that works is gnome classic (no effects) all the others are blank with a mouse pointer that moves but does nothing.

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Solved: The problem was an incompatibility between gnome shell and nvidia's driver version 310. I uninstalled the driver and installed nvidia-current from the ubuntu archive. All the icons are back and I can install new extensions again. Rob Key

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