I don't know if I have the terminology correct. Fresh-installed 11.10 today. But the bar on the left of the screen that auto-hides, and the menubar at the top of the screen along with the notification area were there the first few times I rebooted, but are now all gone.
All I have is the desktop, with the icons on my desktop, and the default background. I cannot get to a terminal except for full-screen CTRL+ALT+F1. Only way I got Firefox to start is by right-mouse-click on the desktop and creating an empty
How can I debug what has gone wrong? What log files should I be looking at? The thing that should be on the left, that's called Launcher or Dash, right? Where would I look to see why/how/where it is crashing?
May as well add some comments as I discover things:
- press CTRL+ALT+F1 to get to the full-screen command-prompt
- press CTRL+ALT+F7 to get back to a semi-usable desktop
The question still remains: why are these not starting up by themselves...