I have a problem very similar to this: Unity doesn't load, no Launcher, no Dash appears But I've tried many options and nothing seems to be working. One thing notable is that any changes I make with the Compiz Manager don't save. I install ccsm, run it, go to the Unity plugin, see it's not checked, check it, and close. When I go back to the home menu of ccsm, not closing it, and go back, its still checked. But when I reboot or even just exit ccsm and go back, Unity plugin is disabled. Any suggestions?