So today I had trouble in an upgrade for Ubuntu when I accidentally shut down my laptop. I was able to log in and reset everything but I noticed that the icons on the top right panel are missing (network icon, volume, messages, even the icon launcher and my name). The only way I can switch off my device or even restart is by manually pressing the switch button of my laptop Only the clock has stayed. I tried looking for my settings but when I searched my dash home, none of my applications appeared. No calculator, no terminal etc. The only results that I got were the files I had saved. My upgrade manager have also disappeared.

I tried the unity reset command but nothing happened. Instead, my Google Chrome icon on my left panel disappeared and similarly, I cannot find it in my dash. I'm quite the novice when it comes to Ubuntu so any good step-by-step instructions would be greatly appreciated.

  • Would upgrading to 12.10 resolve this? – user126243 Jan 26 '13 at 12:21
  • Does the desktop still work? Icons still there, you can create files there, get a menu by right-clicking? – Eliah Kagan Jan 26 '13 at 12:32

No worries there is an possible solution

Since it is properly the Unity Desktop that got fiddled up I’d suggest trying to reinstall that. Reinstall command

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install --reinstall ubuntu-desktop
sudo apt-get install unity

An Suggestion

Please tell me where it stopped at how much percent and when since there are properly some missing important packages or file you need to recover!

  • Unfortunately, I am unable to remember where it stopped except for the "cleaning"" stage of the upgrade, and then I accidentally switched of my PC. Are there ways for me to find out where I stopped and see which packages I would need to recover? – user126243 Jan 26 '13 at 11:50
  • Hi, while reinstalling ubuntu desktop I got the following error message: /var/cache/apt/archives/libatk-adaptor-schemas_2.4.0-1ubuntu2_1386.deb E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1) Should I proceed installing Unity? – user126243 Jan 26 '13 at 12:00

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