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I've recently upgraded from 10.10 to 11.04, and immediately switched to unity-2d (running on a netbook). Then I tried to load the 10.10 panels because I didn't like the globalmenu. After rebooting I ended up w/out Unity and w/out Gnome. Alt+F2 doesn't open terminal either, and I can only access the browser thanks to a keyboard shortcut I once set up. How do I resolve this mess..? When I logout/login it doesn't let me choose between settings (ubuntu classic, etc.).


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Boot into the recovery mode, choose Drop to root shell prompt, then do nano /home/YOURUSER/.dmrc and change the Session entry to Session=gnome-2d. Press Ctrl + o, Enter, Ctrl + x. Now run chown YOURUSER:YOURUSER /home/YOURUSER/.dmrc and reboot. You now should at least boot into a classic GNOME session. – htorque May 7 '11 at 21:17

While not necessarily a solution to your dilemma, ATL-F2 should let you run anything. Does CTRL-ALT-T bring up a terminal window for you? Are you trying to run Unity with the addition of a Gnome-Panel at the bottom, or are you attempting to run the classic Gnome interface on your netbook?

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htorque: I'm totally new to all of this. How do I book into the recovery mode, and where would I choose "drop to shell prompt"? Sorry, but it's getting a bit confusing from that point on.... Kory Wnuk: cntrl+alt+t doesn't work either. And I don't care much for unity any more ... I'd be happy with a simple classic Gnome interface. also, I'd like to add that the symptoms are similar to those reported here:… although I couldn't figure out if any answer there provides a solution – Frustrated user May 7 '11 at 22:06
the answere here:… solved the problem. at least temporarily. Thanks. – Frustrated user May 8 '11 at 9:33

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