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I have installed ubuntu 13.10 and installed gnome shell for looks.. For complete gnome experience I removed ubuntu settings using terminal and then installed gnome shell and restarted.. Now my display is showing a black screen with crossed cursor.. I thought to format my system but I have installed too many packages and I don't want to lose them. What should I do? Please help, thanks in advance.

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This command will delete your configuration files. It will reset all the settings. You will not be able to undo this!

Press Ctrl+Alt+T and run these commands:

  • For Gnome 2

    rm -rf .gnome .gnome2 .gconf .gconfd .metacity
    
  • For Gnome 3

    rm -rf .gnome .gnome2 .gconf .gconfd .metacity .cache .dbus .dmrc .mission-control .thumbnails ~/.config/dconf/user ~.compiz*
    
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But sir all is showing is black screen can't open terminal –  akki Nov 18 '13 at 10:37
    
Use ctrl+alt+f1 enter username and password and then run this command –  Null pointer Nov 18 '13 at 10:44
    
Nothing happened where am i mistaking. Says abc@abc-desktop: are there spaces between dots or any other comand to get old ubuntu setting's package back as i had commanded sudo apt-get remove ubuntu-settings –  akki Nov 18 '13 at 11:12
    
just copy paste the commands and it should reset all your gnome settings.. –  Null pointer Nov 18 '13 at 11:56
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solved using terminal and giving command,

sudo apt-get install gnome-shell

By this way i got the recent gnome setting which was not deleted by the system just removed then using sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktops.but still don't know how to exit terminal after pressing ctl+alt+f1 first time used this command thanks for the suggestion anyway

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