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When I log in to my main user account on Ubuntu 11.10 ,the desktop environment (unity bar, clock, volume control, etc.) is not there. All I have is the desktop background with a menu bar across the top which appears to be for nautilus (options like File->New folder).

My other accounts log in like normal.

I have recently followed these instructions to give my main user account access to an OSX partition, but I think I have logged in successfully since then. I am able to get a terminal by pressing ctrl+alt+t, but when I typed unity the whole thing crashed.

Is there anything I can do to fix this? I have a separate administrator account I can use if needed.

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I know this gets thrown about alot but have you tried 'unity --reset' in the terminal? –  edm Mar 23 '12 at 11:56
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This is probably an issue of broken configuration files

I suggest you create a new account and move all the documents and stuff to the new account, as it might be hard to get a fix for your problem

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