I opened my laptop after a month of inactivity (Dell, running 14.04). It was in the suspended state during this time, and upon reopening it, the laptop functioned perfectly. After this initial use, I shut down the laptop. When I booted it the next time, the launcher bar had disappeared along with the top bar, leaving me a blank desktop (only the default ubuntu background remained).
I was able to create a new folder and navigate myself through to the Chromium application. I have made multiple attempts to try and fix this problem with the responses already existing on askubuntu. But my problem remains. I've tried to mess around with ccsm, and tweaking unity, but to no avail.
I have little experience with ubuntu, but I will follow whatever instructions you provide. Please help!
UPDATE I know this question has been marked as a duplicate, but I've honestly tried the solutions on that page. Since the original post, Ive moved to a different wifi zone, and as such am unable to connect to wifi from the computer. I'm posting this update from my phone. I request that those who marked it as a duplicate undo that action because it may prevent my question from being answered.