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I have a problem with the terminal on my Ubuntu netbook. Whenever I open the terminal it is completely transparent without a menubar or anything, and I can't see the text at all. Right clicking on it and messing around with the profiles doesn't do anything, and basically the only thing that the terminal shows is a silhouette. I know it's still there because if I click on the terminal and type in

unity -- reset

Unity appears to reset, and the terminal is again visible but I lose the ability to alt-tab and my taskbar is gone.

All help would be appreciated.

  • problem seems to be with Unity not terminal. You may try reinstalling the unity package by purging it completely first by following commands: sudo apt-get purge remove unity. This will completely remove the unity package. Remember you will lost the gui after you remove it but can reinstall via command line by pressing crtl+alt+F1. – kashminder Apr 8 '15 at 7:37
  • Did you try to remove the gnome-terminal profiles directory? (then first log out/in before opening the terminal(!!)) (~/.gconf/apps/gnome-terminal), forcing to recreate the profiles. – Jacob Vlijm Apr 8 '15 at 7:38
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You can install Compiz Settings Manager. Open your terminal and execute:

sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager

After that open it and go to "Windows management" and check "Application switcher".

About missing taskbar - maybe is because you have disabled unity plugin. You can search for it in Compiz Config and enable it. You can try also this in the terminal:

 export DISPLAY=:0
 sudo dconf reset -f /org/compiz/
 setsid unity

If this does not work you can reinstall unity:

sudo apt-get -f install && sudo apt-get --reinstall install unity
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