Since I installed Ubuntu 14.04, system setting won't load. I click on it in the dash and my mouse indicates it is thinking, but then stops and never loads the system settings. The same is true with Appearance and Display (I haven't tried all options). Help?

  • Open a terminal and type gnome-control-center. Copy the output and paste it here.
    – Cornelius
    May 3, 2014 at 15:23

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Try to run unity-control-center in a terminal, since gnome-control-center is not the default in Ubuntu 14.04 anymore.

  • Well, at least now I can open the system settings! I would prefer to be able to click the button, but this works. Thanks! May 3, 2014 at 18:56
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    Did you upgraded from 13.04? Because maybe that's the reason the icon is still pointing at the wrong program. Try sudo apt-get remove gnome-control-center && sudo apt-get install --reinstall unity-control-center May 3, 2014 at 19:42
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    Unfortunately, that didn't do anything, but when I select System Settings from the wheel, the GUI does pop up and works. Thanks anyways. May 5, 2014 at 18:42

I had to sudo apt-get install unity-control-center for it to work. This was on a fresh install of 14.04.1 LTS, Trusty Tahr


I had the same problem and this helped:

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop

found it in here.


Ok, I got the solution from both answers, so here you go what I did:

In a new terminal write the following:

user@anypc:~$ sudo apt-get update

user@anypc:~$ sudo apt-get install gnome-control-center

and that was all, gnome settings bring back to normal.

I hope this answer can help somebody with this issue.

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    It is already installed, this doesn't help.
    – Tim
    Aug 23, 2014 at 15:50

I had the same problem after reinstalling Ubuntu 14 LTS. Tried few reinstallations but the problem persisted and not only the System Settings window was unable to load but the system couldn't restart nor shutdown properly.

After a few hours of research I've remembered that I've seen some people relating the problem to an unmounted device... then I started physically unplugging devices from the machine...

Well, in my case it turned out that the issue is caused by my old webcam. I've unplugged it from the usb port, rebooted and all worked fine. Even I've reinstalled the system without the webcam plugged (because I like to double check) and all worked fine, like before.

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