When I VNC into my machine all I see is background image with no icons or unity or dash. I can't even right click on the desktop. The Unity launcher and Dash don't appear either.
This first happened a couple weeks ago and I tried a bunch of things like editing my Compiz settings, restarting lightdm etc. but none of them worked. Somehow, I did manage to get files on my desktop to show up, which made it easy for me to browse to other folders on the machine. Now, I can't even get that to appear.
Please let me know if there's a fix for this.
Update: Just noticed that this only occurs when I VNC into the machine. I have it plugged into a monitor now and everything appears to be normal.
Update 2: I just VNC into port 5900 (Ubuntu Remote Desktop) instead of using a TightVNCserver port (590x). Don't know why the tightvnc sessions couldn't get Unity or Dash to load. This is not really a fix but can hopefully help someone.