I was making some changes in CCSM and I activated "rotate cube" plugin which asked me for resolving some conflicts & disabled all of them but with 11.04 something related to Unity were also disabled. I tried to restore it to defaults and then it all got screwed up.

And now if I am using the new Unity login, I just end up with my desktop, stuff on desktop and a mouse cursor.

I am able to go to terminal (tty) Ctrl + Alt + F1 but I am not sure what I need to do to fix it. I want the settings to be what they were on a fresh install.

  • doesn't alt-f2 work either? By the way, i think you can log in from a live cd and delete the compiz folder from your home folder. – Chriskin May 1 '11 at 16:51
  • Alt-f2 depends on panel service, I believe so none of the shortcuts were working. Thanks, I have solved the issue by resetting both Compiz & Unity. – Ashfame May 1 '11 at 17:38
  • It does? it works for me even when unity has crashed and i have no panels around. Anyway, the important part is that you solved it – Chriskin May 1 '11 at 17:58
  • yeah! may be shortcut listener is still running after crash, not sure. – Ashfame May 1 '11 at 18:06

To restore Compiz to default settings, try typing this into the terminal you have open:

gconftool-2 --recursive-unset /apps/compiz-1

To reset Unity to it's default settings, type:

unity --reset
  • Will this work in tty1? I can't open a terminal in tty8 – Ashfame May 1 '11 at 16:51
  • Great! That did it. Can you please correct your command though? It should be /apps/compiz-1 – Ashfame May 1 '11 at 17:35
  • @Lee jarratt you added an extra dash – Ashfame May 1 '11 at 18:09
  • Just edited it :) – user931 May 1 '11 at 18:22

Had the same exact problem.

What solved this for me was to re-run ccsm and re-enable the Ubuntu Unity Plugin (can be found under the "Desktop" category), telling it to disable every conflicting feature if prompted to.

  • how do I get to CCSM? I am ended up with just a desktop without any panels – Ashfame May 1 '11 at 16:51
  • can you open a terminal somehow? If yes - run "ccsm" from there, if not - try running it from Ctrl+Alt+F1, setting the DISPLAY variable to :0.0 or whatever your display is. – yonix May 1 '11 at 16:52
  • I was able to run CCSM with ccsm --display :0 and enabled Unity plugin but panels didn't show even after a reboot. I have resolved the problem though. – Ashfame May 1 '11 at 17:34

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