When I first got my laptop, Unity 3D worked fine. Then, suddenly, it stopped. Then, regardless of which desktop environment I chose, it booted Unity 2D. I tried installing my ATI/AMD graphics drivers, and only the non-post-release on installs. That doesn't even fix the issue.

Assuming it was an issue with Unity, I installed Gnome 3. To my surprise, the same issue occurred again! When I told it to boot Gnome, it went to Gnome Classic. Please help me! I would really like to have Ubuntu up and running on my laptop before I start college.

  • I don't know about why Unity 3D stopped working for you but Gnome-shell is not compatible with many ATI graphics card. For instance, I have ATI Mobility Radeon HD 550v and gnome-shell display is all pink/purple/white lined. – Akshit Baunthiyal Jul 17 '12 at 17:03

It's similar for me. A few minutes ago I've updated some packages of Gnome Classic and after that when I exited from my session Unity 3D and Gnome Classic didn't work anymore. But Unity 2D and Gnome Shell ran fine.

First, I thought that ATI drivers crashed. So I uninstalled it but nothing changed.

Tomorrow I'll see if there are changes (via update manager) and if not, I'll do a Unity reset, hope this works.

Solved, again in Unity 3D. The commands

sudo gconftool --recursive-unset /apps/compiz-1
sudo gconftool --recursive-unset /apps/compizconfig-1

didn't work for me. So the solution was a unity --reset.


This problem is occurring because the graphic cards 3D capability aren't enabled. You must enable them to get full 3D.

What are the results of:

/usr/lib/nux/unity_support_test -p



I think it's similar to my problem.

I can't login in Unity 3D and GNOME 3 if my local network is turned on but cable isn't connected. Try to turn off the network in network-manager and then restart your laptop, login in Unity 3D. I hope it works for you.

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