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I just ran updates as usual, trusting Ubuntu repositories are fine. But as I started up my computer again it was completely messed up.

The log-in screen is blue, the interface is all squarish, everything changed and a black area replaces my dock. What the heck just happened? I already had such an episode in 10.10 which messed up all my computer.

How can I remove whatever has been installed by this update and reinstall whatever has been remove?

Screenshot 1 :

messed up interface 1

Screenshot 2:

messed up interface 2

Here is my var/log/apt/history.log:

Start-Date: 2011-05-26  11:06:36
Upgrade: policykit-1-gnome:i386 (0.99-1ubuntu4, 0.101-2ubuntu3~natty1), libqt4-opengl:i386 (4.7.2-0ubuntu6, 4.7.2-0ubuntu6.1), libpolkit-gobject-1-0:i386 (0.101-1ubuntu1, 0.101-4~natty1), telepathy-salut:i386 (0.4.0-1, 0.5.0-1~natty1), libqt4-declarative:i386 (4.7.2-0ubuntu6, 4.7.2-0ubuntu6.1), libtelepathy-glib0:i386 (0.14.3-1ubuntu1, 0.14.6-0ubuntu1~natty~build1), avahi-daemon:i386 (0.6.30-0ubuntu2, 0.6.30-3ubuntu1~natty1), cairo-dock-plug-ins-integration:i386 (2.3.1~0alpha0~20110506-0ubuntu1~ppa0~natty, 2.3.1~0alpha0~20110519-0ubuntu1~ppa0~natty), libavahi-common-data:i386 (0.6.30-0ubuntu2, 0.6.30-3ubuntu1~natty1), libqt4-test:i386 (4.7.2-0ubuntu6, 4.7.2-0ubuntu6.1), glib-networking:i386 (2.28.5-0ubuntu1, 2.28.6.1-0ubuntu1), libqt4-sql-mysql:i386 (4.7.2-0ubuntu6, 4.7.2-0ubuntu6.1), libqt4-dbus:i386 (4.7.2-0ubuntu6, 4.7.2-0ubuntu6.1), cairo-dock:i386 (2.3.1~0alpha0~20110506-0ubuntu1~ppa0~natty, 2.3.1~0alpha0~20110519-0ubuntu1~ppa0~natty), libibus2:i386 (1.3.9-0ubuntu3, 1.3.9-0ubuntu4~gtk3), ibus-gtk:i386 (1.3.9-0ubuntu3, 1.3.9-0ubuntu4~gtk3), gnome-menus:i386 (2.30.5-0ubuntu3, 3.0.0-0ubuntu1), libpam-gnome-keyring:i386 (2.92.92.is.2.32.1-0ubuntu2, 3.0.2-1~natty2), gir1.2-soup-2.4:i386 (2.34.0-0ubuntu1, 2.34.2-1~natty1), libtotem-plparser17:i386 (2.32.4-0ubuntu1, 2.32.4-3~natty1), libnotify4:i386 (0.7.2-0ubuntu2, 0.7.3-1~natty1), cairo-dock-plug-ins:i386 (2.3.1~0alpha0~20110506-0ubuntu1~ppa0~natty, 2.3.1~0alpha0~20110519-0ubuntu1~ppa0~natty), policykit-1:i386 (0.101-1ubuntu1, 0.101-4~natty1), libgnome-menu2:i386 (2.30.5-0ubuntu3, 3.0.0-0ubuntu1), libsoup2.4-1:i386 (2.34.0-0ubuntu1, 2.34.2-1~natty1), libmission-control-plugins0:i386 (5.7.7-1, 5.7.11-1~natty1), avahi-utils:i386 (0.6.30-0ubuntu2, 0.6.30-3ubuntu1~natty1), gsettings-desktop-schemas:i386 (3.0.0-0ubuntu1, 3.0.1-1~natty1), network-manager-gnome:i386 (0.8.4~git.20110318t152954.9c4c9a0-0ubuntu1, 0.8.4~git.20110318t152954.9c4c9a0-0ubuntu1+noindicator1~build1), libgnome-bluetooth8:i386 (2.91.2.is.2.32.0-0ubuntu3, 3.0.0-1ubuntu1~natty1), cairo-dock-data:i386 (2.3.1~0alpha0~20110506-0ubuntu1~ppa0~natty, 2.3.1~0alpha0~20110519-0ubuntu1~ppa0~natty), libpolkit-gtk-1-0:i386 (0.99-1ubuntu4, 0.101-2ubuntu3~natty1), libgnomekbd-common:i386 (2.32.0-0ubuntu1, 3.0.0.1-1~natty1), libqt4-xmlpatterns:i386 (4.7.2-0ubuntu6, 4.7.2-0ubuntu6.1), gir1.2-freedesktop:i386 (0.10.7-0ubuntu1, 0.10.8-1ubuntu1~natty1), libqt4-help:i386 (4.7.2-0ubuntu6, 4.7.2-0ubuntu6.1), gnome-orca:i386 (3.0.0-0ubuntu2, 3.0.2-0ubuntu1~natty~build1), python-avahi:i386 (0.6.30-0ubuntu2, 0.6.30-3ubuntu1~natty1), libstartup-notification0:i386 (0.10-1build1, 0.12-1~natty1), libgdata11:i386 (0.8.0-0ubuntu1, 0.8.1-1~natty1), libgdu0:i386 (2.32.1-0ubuntu4, 3.0.0-1ubuntu1~natty1), cairo-dock-core:i386 (2.3.1~0alpha0~20110506-0ubuntu1~ppa0~natty, 2.3.1~0alpha0~20110519-0ubuntu1~ppa0~natty), libqtcore4:i386 (4.7.2-0ubuntu6, 4.7.2-0ubuntu6.1), libavahi-gobject0:i386 (0.6.30-0ubuntu2, 0.6.30-3ubuntu1~natty1), libegroupwise1.2-13:i386 (2.32.2-0ubuntu2, 3.0.0-1ubuntu1~natty1), gir1.2-glib-2.0:i386 (0.10.7-0ubuntu1, 0.10.8-1ubuntu1~natty1), libtelepathy-logger2:i386 (0.2.6-1ubuntu1, 0.2.9-1~natty1), telepathy-idle:i386 (0.1.8-1ubuntu1, 0.1.10-1~natty1), libgweather-common:i386 (2.30.3-1ubuntu1, 3.0.0-0ubuntu1~natty1), libecal1.2-8:i386 (2.32.2-0ubuntu2, 3.0.0-1ubuntu1~natty1), avahi-autoipd:i386 (0.6.30-0ubuntu2, 0.6.30-3ubuntu1~natty1), rdesktop:i386 (1.6.0-3ubuntu4, 1.6.0-3ubuntu4.1), libedataserver1.2-14:i386 (2.32.2-0ubuntu2, 3.0.0-1ubuntu1~natty1), vino:i386 (2.32.1-0ubuntu2.1, 3.0.2-0ubuntu4~natty1), mousetweaks:i386 (3.0.0-0ubuntu2, 3.0.2-0ubuntu1~natty~build2), gir1.2-notify-0.7:i386 (0.7.2-0ubuntu2, 0.7.3-1~natty1), telepathy-mission-control-5:i386 (5.7.7-1, 5.7.11-1~natty1), libqt4-sql:i386 (4.7.2-0ubuntu6, 4.7.2-0ubuntu6.1), telepathy-logger:i386 (0.2.6-1ubuntu1, 0.2.9-1~natty1), libqt4-svg:i386 (4.7.2-0ubuntu6, 4.7.2-0ubuntu6.1), telepathy-gabble:i386 (0.11.10-1ubuntu1, 0.12.0-1~natty1), libqt4-xml:i386 (4.7.2-0ubuntu6, 4.7.2-0ubuntu6.1), libsoup-gnome2.4-1:i386 (2.34.0-0ubuntu1, 2.34.2-1~natty1), libqt4-network:i386 (4.7.2-0ubuntu6, 4.7.2-0ubuntu6.1), libqt4-designer:i386 (4.7.2-0ubuntu6, 4.7.2-0ubuntu6.1), gnome-icon-theme:i386 (2.31.0-0ubuntu2, 3.0.0-1ubuntu1~natty1), libavahi-client3:i386 (0.6.30-0ubuntu2, 0.6.30-3ubuntu1~natty1), ibus:i386 (1.3.9-0ubuntu3, 1.3.9-0ubuntu4~gtk3), libqtgui4:i386 (4.7.2-0ubuntu6, 4.7.2-0ubuntu6.1), librsvg2-2:i386 (2.32.1-0ubuntu3, 2.34.0-0ubuntu2~natty2), libpolkit-backend-1-0:i386 (0.101-1ubuntu1, 0.101-4~natty1), libxklavier16:i386 (5.0-2ubuntu1, 5.1-1ubuntu1~natty1), python-gmenu:i386 (2.30.5-0ubuntu3, 3.0.0-0ubuntu1), libavahi-glib1:i386 (0.6.30-0ubuntu2, 0.6.30-3ubuntu1~natty1), telepathy-butterfly:i386 (0.5.15-1, 0.5.15-2.1~natty1), yelp-xsl:i386 (3.0.0-0ubuntu1, 3.0.2-1~natty1), libqt4-script:i386 (4.7.2-0ubuntu6, 4.7.2-0ubuntu6.1), cairo-dock-plug-ins-data:i386 (2.3.1~0alpha0~20110506-0ubuntu1~ppa0~natty, 2.3.1~0alpha0~20110519-0ubuntu1~ppa0~natty), libnautilus-extension1:i386 (2.32.2.1-0ubuntu13, 3.0.2-0ubuntu1~natty1), libqt4-scripttools:i386 (4.7.2-0ubuntu6, 4.7.2-0ubuntu6.1), libavahi-common3:i386 (0.6.30-0ubuntu2, 0.6.30-3ubuntu1~natty1), python-ibus:i386 (1.3.9-0ubuntu3, 1.3.9-0ubuntu4~gtk3), binutils:i386 (2.21.0.20110327-2ubuntu2, 2.21.0.20110327-2ubuntu3), libavahi-ui0:i386 (0.6.30-0ubuntu2, 0.6.30-3ubuntu1~natty1), librsvg2-common:i386 (2.32.1-0ubuntu3, 2.34.0-0ubuntu2~natty2), libavahi-core7:i386 (0.6.30-0ubuntu2, 0.6.30-3ubuntu1~natty1), libpolkit-agent-1-0:i386 (0.101-1ubuntu1, 0.101-4~natty1), libgdata-common:i386 (0.8.0-0ubuntu1, 0.8.1-1~natty1)
End-Date: 2011-05-26  11:09:41

Here is the unity-support test output:

~$ /usr/lib/nux/unity_support_test -p 
OpenGL vendor string:   Tungsten Graphics, Inc
OpenGL renderer string: Mesa DRI Intel(R) 965GM GEM 20100330 DEVELOPMENT x86/MMX/SSE2
OpenGL version string:  2.1 Mesa 7.10.2

Not software rendered:    yes
Not blacklisted:          yes
GLX fbconfig:             yes
GLX texture from pixmap:  yes
GL npot or rect textures: yes
GL vertex program:        yes
GL fragment program:      yes
GL vertex buffer object:  yes
GL framebuffer object:    yes
GL version is 1.4+:       yes

Unity supported:          yes
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It's a graphics driver issue. Can you run ` /usr/lib/nux/unity_support_test -p ` and report the output? –  user4124 May 26 '11 at 10:55
    
Thanks. Output looks friendly: OpenGL vendor string: Tungsten Graphics, Inc OpenGL renderer string: Mesa DRI Intel(R) 965GM GEM 20100330 DEVELOPMENT x86/MMX/SSE2 OpenGL version string: 2.1 Mesa 7.10.2 Not software rendered: yes Not blacklisted: yes GLX fbconfig: yes GLX texture from pixmap: yes GL npot or rect textures: yes GL vertex program: yes GL fragment program: yes GL vertex buffer object: yes GL framebuffer object: yes GL version is 1.4+: yes Unity supported: yes –  Benjamin May 26 '11 at 11:17
    
The log-in with blue background and black line above makes me believe somehow Gnome3 got onto my computer (didn't install it willingly). Also i am using gnome-classic desktop: but i tried unity and it's messed up there too. –  Benjamin May 26 '11 at 11:21
    
This question appears to be abandoned and unanswered, could you perhaps add more detail to your question? If you are experiencing a similar issue please ask a new question with details pertaining to your problem. If you feel this question is not abandoned, then please flag explaining that (as well as editing your question with any details you have). –  jrg Jan 27 '12 at 1:54
    
I have abandoned the question yes, because I couldn't wait a year with the problem. –  Benjamin Jan 27 '12 at 9:41
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I've seen this before and it was caused by GNOME not drawing the background. You can check that setting by running

gsettings get org.gnome.desktop.background draw-background

If this doesn't return true, run

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background draw-background 'true'

(You can also find this setting using dconf-editor from the package dconf-tools.)

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Thanks. It's too late for me. The problem was a year ago and I couldn't wait that long for help. Cheers. –  Benjamin Jan 27 '12 at 9:42
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