So after login the screen doesn't show any icons or anything else,its just background. I did some google searching and also on this site and i found this solution Unity doesn't load, no Launcher, no Dash appears . But the first solution doesn't do any good.

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

and then

setsid unity

The above one however restored the icons and all but i couldn't open any drives and i face the same problem after restart. Please help I don't want to switch to windows or anything. P.S. I am noob

  • Have you tried other solutions on that post ? For instance logging in to console and rm -rf ~/.compiz-1 ~/.config/compiz-1 ? Also, if you really need GUI right now, make sure you are connected to internet, go to console and try to install another GUI, for instance sudo apt-get install gnome-shell or sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop . Once installed , run sudo service lightdm restart and on the login screen select the newly installed interface from a white cirle next to your username. – Sergiy Kolodyazhnyy Nov 29 '15 at 0:15
  • so, you enabled the unity plugin and it did no good? – mchid Nov 29 '15 at 3:34
  • @mchid yes i enabled plugin and it did nothing good. – tanay Nov 29 '15 at 4:02
  • @Serg Thank you for replying. I tried to remove the compiz-1 but it did nothing. So i installed gnome-shell and an interface popped up and i selected lightdm then i restarted lightdm and nothing happened on the screen. restarting also doesn't help. – tanay Nov 29 '15 at 4:04
  • @tanay are you on the site right now ? – Sergiy Kolodyazhnyy Nov 29 '15 at 4:26

I have ubuntu 16.04 and these are the steps that worked for me:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install –reinstall ubuntu-desktop

sudo apt-get install unity

rm -rf ~/.cache/compizconfig-1

sudo shutdown -r now

hope it helps!

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