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My computer locked up during upgrade to 11.10. I ended up copying my whole home directory to a second partition and reinstalling marking that partition as mount point for home and not formatting. I had to fix some permission/ownership issues on ~/.ICEauthority and then recursively chowned the home directory. After reboot I was able to log in successfully.

After logging in there is no side bar. At the top I have the File/Edit/View/../Help menus but I cant seem to get anything to run.

I've been googling, trying to find a command-line solution to reset all UI settings to default since I'm sure is some of the configuration files in my home directory thats screwing it all up but I haven't found anything that works.

I really would like to get ubuntu back working by Monday or I'll have to boot up into windows and ssh into the school linux server to get my work done.

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gconftool-2 --recursive-unset /apps/compiz-1 
unity --reset-icons 
unity --reset
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unity --reset gives me the error unity-panel-service: no process found. Research online leads me to believe it's a driver issue. I think I'm just going to reinstall letting it make a new home directory and copy stuff over. – Matt Oct 17 '11 at 1:36

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