I just rebooted my computer and have no interface (except my desktop background and desktop files), which means no unity and no notification bar.

Also, Ctrl+Alt+T doesn't work.

Ctrl+Alt+F1, does however.

If anyone has a clue, I would be very grateful! I really want to get into Ubuntu, but it feels so fragile and easy to break :(


I used Ctrl+Alt+F1 to get into TTY1, logged in with my username and password, and then typed :

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop

It rapidly removed Virtualbox which i had just installed. Seems Virtualbox was behind the issue.

sudo reboot and i was ready to go again.

Thank you @Radu for your help.

Now I just have to figure out why Virtualbox broke ubuntu in the first place ...

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  • Thank you very much! I also wonder what broke everything by me... – thSoft Dec 21 '15 at 9:04

Go in tty1 (Ctrl+Alt+F1), login with your username and password and run this comands: that reset compiz and unity:

sudo dconf reset -f /org/compiz/ 
sudo unity --reset-icons &disown

After these, restart your system and should work like a charm:

sudo reboot
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  • Thank you for your answer @Radu. When i entered sudo dconf reset -f /org/compiz/, i got the following : error: Error spawning command line `dbus-launch --autolaunch=bcb228c2cbf598e4c9caa47c517c5caa -- binary-syntax --close-stderr': Child process existed with code 1 Usage: dconf reset [-f] PATH Reset a key or dir. -f is required for dirs. Arguments : PATH KEY DIR – MonsieurPoivron Apr 30 '13 at 10:45
  • And then for the second line it says unity: command not found. – MonsieurPoivron Apr 30 '13 at 10:50
  • Then this should help you: askubuntu.com/questions/195633/… – Radu Rădeanu Apr 30 '13 at 11:26
  • Thanks. It doesn't seem to work because no internet connection. It seems even the WIFI is deactivated. I'm going to try plugging the ethernet in. – MonsieurPoivron Apr 30 '13 at 12:07

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