I'm running ubuntu 13.04 on a compaq pressario cq56. After system update unity and terminal will not load. I've read some forums on how to fix the unity problem but without terminal I can't use them, and I've found forums about the terminal issue but cannot fix it without software center which I cannot load.

I can go into root terminal from recovery mode but that seems to be ready only and will not let me install or modify files. Any help I can get to get unity or terminal back would be great. If this isn't possible I'll just try to copy some data to a flash drive and reinstall.


Use Ctrl+Alt+F1 to go in tty1 and run whichever command you wish. To come back in tty7 (where the graphic environment is usually running), use Ctrl+Alt+F7.

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You can try reinstalling the ubuntu desktop. You can use Ctrl+Alt+F1 Enter your username then password

then you can do this to reinstall unity and terminal :)

 sudo apt-get update
 sudo apt-get install --reinstall ubuntu-desktop
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  • This will only reinstall the meta-package for the Ubuntu desktop. The programs and configuration files that make up the desktop stay untouched. – David Foerster Nov 3 '14 at 13:09

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