I decided to give Ubuntu a try after all these years using only Windows as OS.

I downloaded that windows installer from their site and installed Ubuntu. Everything went well until I decided to update the drivers and apps. It seems to be a bad idea, because I can't see the sidebar anymore (the one with the "quick launch options") and some graphic elements from the OS are not present, like the top bar with the clock.

Another issue: I always see an error regarding Compiz after a couple of minutes, saying that it stopped responding.

Am I missing something?

I'm using the 12.10 64bit version.


I googled about the problem and it seems that Compiz is bugged like hell in 12.10. I'm uninstalling it and giving 12.04 a try. That's too bad, because I like many features from this version, specially the use and feel. But I can't stand using it without the left bar and a graphic interface at all.


Have you tried to open system settings, select "appearance", then open the "behaviour" tab, and "Restore Default Behaviours"?
If it doesn't work try this:
Press Ctrl + Alt + t
Run unity --reset

If still doesn't work try this:

sudo apt-get install dconf-tools  
dconf reset -f /org/compiz/
  • Thanks for the answer. A couple of things happened: -The first step did not work. - When I tried to reset unit, a msg came up, telling me unit wasn't installed. Well, after I installed it, the "--reset" command became deprecated =S - The third step did not help me either. – darksoulsong Jan 24 '13 at 11:38

Had the same problem, and have you tried this:

sudo apt-get install --reinstall unity
dconf reset -f /org/compiz
unity --replace --reset-icon & disown

And it might work fine this way.


I had a similar error. The sidebar showed up in the guest session, but not in others. I had removed everything in the ~/.config folder to resolve the issue, following this guide: How To Fix: No Unity, No Launcher, No Dash In Ubuntu 14.04.

Sidebar showed after that automatically, but it hidden after restart system!

Second way: I created new user by adduser command, and copied my essential files to new user's folder

  • Removing “everything in the ~/.config folder” is probably a bit drastic … – Chriki Dec 12 '15 at 11:30

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