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I installed unity from the software center then decided to eventually remove it.

Now my desktop boots to a while screen. I get the nvidia splash and then a white screen. I can see my mouse pointer and move it around and if I use Ctrl + Alt plus arrow I can see the workspace switcher, but that's its.

Ctrl Alt F1 gives me a command prompt.

How do I recover my desktop

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After lots of playing around I found that I still had gnome-shell installed so I did:

sudo apt-get remove gnome-shell

and then I tried:

sudo apt-get remove unity

This said that unity was not installed but that a bunch of packages where no longer required including ubuntu-netbook-unity-default-settings and suggested I call:

sudo apt-get autoremove

this followed by:

sudo restart gdm 

gave me a working desktop again.

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I suppose that we'll have a lot of questions about Unity here on Askubuntu. – skalka Oct 26 '10 at 10:49

I started Ubuntu 10.10 in safe desktop mode it worked well without smooth effects.Then i logged out and logged in in normal mode and it worked good like before. But it was bit slow then i tried: sudo apt-get autoremove unity

it said that unity is not installed but it removed unity libraries and related things. And so it worked.!

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