Ubuntu Installation :: Lost My Desktop After Second Restart Of Lucid

May 1, 2010

Working with an old desktop that had been running 8.04 Update failed so I installed from a LiveCD. Dual boot with XP. System runs great off of the CD. After installation of 10.04 and a restart, the system worked well. Tried lots of stuff off the Gnome menus. Restarted and booted XP. That worked too.

On my next restart I selected Ubuntu from the grub menu and the system gave me the sign in requester. I signed in but the desktop never appeared. All I got was the background and a mouse pointer.

Right clicking the mouse brings up a 7 item menu that includes items for creating a folder, creating a file, ....., choose a new background. The menu works. If I click create a file an icon for a new file appears on the screen. Clicking on the icon brings up a window running gedit. Choosing the new background item brings up a window with candidate new backgrounds. I have no idea how to get the gnome desktop back. The sign in screen has a bar at the bottom that shows Gnome is the default session setting. Booting into XP continues to work.

I've tried changing the GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT= line in the /etc/default/grub to add nomodeset. That didn't help.

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Ubuntu :: Lucid - Lost Desktop Icons And Right Click Menu?

May 1, 2010

I have checked quite a few post without coming up with an answerIhave Lucid 32bit release installed with compiz visual effects normal.I have lost the mounted drive icons from the desktop as well as the ability to save to the desktop or a right click menu on the desktop.
Any file saved to the desktop folder does not appear on the desktop.I have reinstalled compiz, the nvidia driver and tried all manner of settings but just can't crack this one

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Ubuntu Installation :: Panel Transparency Is Lost On Restart?

May 2, 2011

I have had no issue with the panel's transparency in previous Ubuntu versions. This all started w/ Natty. I set up transparency (right click on panel, Nav through Properties > Background, Check "Solid Color," slide bar to my preferred opacity, & click "Close." The panel looks as follows: But when I restart the computer it goes grey:

killall command doesn't work, I have moved the panel, I have created a new one. The "closest" I found were people complaining (back in December) that the theme switched to grey. But I don't think the panel is taking up another theme, it is simply not painting the transparent image.

I didn't like Unity so I disabled it (still installed). I also removed indicator-me and indicator-messenger via synaptic as I have since Lucid Lynx. I removed the black bubble notifications and removed the shutdown/logout/restart confirmation/countdown prompt w/ a couple of code-hacks I found online as I have since Jaunty Jackalope. I also tried to change the opacity though an option inside Compiz's "Opacity, Brightness and Saturation". This also made AWN icons transparent so I undid it. I use the "Glossy P" theme w/ "Snow Apple" icons.

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Debian Installation :: Settings Lost Upon Restart

Dec 12, 2010

This is awesome. I configured my Konsole and other KDE settings, and the very next login everything is reverted.

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Ubuntu :: Lost Power During Lucid Lynx Installation

May 1, 2010

While leaving my laptop to install the upgrades, I hadn't noticed how the power cord had slipped loose. When I came back my computer must have shut off due to battery loss. When I booted up my computer again, I couldn't boot up Ubuntu under any of the kernels, -20,-19, etc. I get cryptic messages such as "unable to enumerate USB device on port 2," device not accepting messages," and "device descriptor read." i definitely intend to recover my data. I had been upgrading from 9.10 to the latest version of lucid lynx.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Lost Power While Upgrading To Lucid From Hardy?

Aug 8, 2010

I tried to upgrade my kubuntu 8.04 LTS to Ubuntu 10.04 LTS as given here. Actually I wanted to upgrade to kubuntu. The download completed successfully. However,while upgrading the power went off and left the computer in bad state. Now I see multiple two entries for both

kubuntu 8.04.4 LTS, Kernel 2.6.24-28-generic
kubuntu 8.04.4 LTS, Kernel 2.6.24-28-generic (recovery mode)

in grub. Since I am not that familiar with ubuntu(in general linux), I would like
When I tried to boot in first two of these I get the following error message and it remains in command-line mode.

libudev: udev_monitor_new_from_netlink: error getting socket: Invalid argument
[ 20.839013] wait-for-root[946]: segfault at 00000030 eip b774bf2b esp bfb33340 error 4
Segmentation fault


However, the mount points are not having anything. It is like nothing got mounted. I would suspect there should be some way where I should be able to locate the downloaded upgrade stuff and apply it afresh again from start. Is this something possible?

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Ubuntu Installation :: Lost Emails , Bookmarks And Pictures After Upgrade To Lucid / Need Back

May 5, 2010

I upgraded from Karmic to Lucid (Ubuntu 10.04) a few days ago (without backing up any data first). At first everything seemed fine but yesterday three things happened:

1. All my emails and address book have disappeared in Thunderbird. When I started Thunderbird, it took me through the wizard and seems to have overwritten my profile with a new one. There is only one profile in the Thunderbird folder and it seems to contain no emails and only a new, blank address book (the small size of the folder backs this up. I searched the hard drive but found no other emails or address book files.

2. My bookmarks have disappeared from Google Chrome. Again, it seems to have created a new, blank bookmark file. The bookmark.bak file is similarly blank and when I search I can find no other bookmark files.

3. The Pictures folder (in the home folder) is now empty; suggesting that ubuntu has either overwritten the Pictures folder with a new blank folder or deleted all the files in it. Again, when I search the hard drive for jpg files, it doesn't find any of the pictures that were in the Pictures folder.

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Ubuntu Installation :: HP Pavilion A6750t Desktop Won't Load After Restart System?

Sep 5, 2010

I tried to do a clean install of 10.04 on the above desktop. It was previously running 9.10 fine.

I booted with a 10.04 live CD, used Gparted to delete the previous partition that 9.10 was in. Installed 10.04 and chose the option to install in the largest continuous free disc space.

The installation seemed to go fine, but when I re-start the system, GRUB loads, I select Linux, then I get a flashing cursor and the monitor goes to sleep as it shows like it is getting no signal.

When I boot Vista on the same system it works fine.

From the sound of the hard drive, I am guessing that it is not loading the Ubuntu OS, I don't think this is a video driver problem.

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Debian Installation :: Upgrade To Squeeze And Lost Desktop

Feb 9, 2011

I've just upgraded to Squeeze from Lenny using the instructions found here URL... After completing the upgrade and re-booting the system informed me that "gnome.desktop is not installed" and throws me into XFCE. Googling suggested trying apt-get install gnome-desktop-environment which I did. On reboot I no longer get the "gnome-desktop is not installed", but the login still throws me into XFCE.How do I get my gnome desktop back?

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Ubuntu :: Strip Lucid Desktop Installation To MinimalCD?

Sep 6, 2010

I'm trying to get a minimalCD installation on a flashdrive but the installation never finishes... (i've left the installation runnin overnight for over 12hrs and only 90 percent got completed; whenever trying to retrive packages from the internet the process slows down to a crawl; i've tried ext4, ext3, ext2 and resierfs)normal Desktop insatallation works fine; so I was wondering if there is anyway to strip all the packages off a normal installation to get it to minimal installation, and than start installing the pacakges i need?

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Ubuntu :: Themes Lost After Hard Restart?

Jun 8, 2010

For some reason the energy manager reset and my computer went into standby overnight, and since the standby on ubuntu is well... terrible. i had to hard restart and it seems i've lost all of my themes. I tried to redownload new wave (the theme I was using), but it seems that when i reinstalled it everything except the icons and the drop down menus work. i don't know much about messing with themes, how i can just easily recover new wave?

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Ubuntu Installation :: Desktop Launchers In Lucid No Longer Work

May 4, 2010

There must be something turned on in the security settings keeping Desktop Launchers from working.I have verified that the launchers have execute bit turned on in the permissions, yet when try to start one, I get an alert window saying this is an Untrusted application launcher.How do I disable this feature, or in the alternative, make them trusted?

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May 9, 2010

Well the title says it all.. i don't want to lose all of my settings with a fresh install and I only have the desktop CD, so can you do the upgrade with it?

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Ubuntu Networking :: Connection Lost After Router Restart

Aug 11, 2010

My ISP pushes software updates occasionally to my router. This also forces the router to restart. When the router restarts, my ubuntu box loses its network connection and does not automatically restore it after the router comes back online.How can I configure ubuntu to restore the connection once it is available again? It happens on my windows workstation...I am using ubuntu on a box with no screen / keyboard / mouse it serves as a fileserver and I remote desktop in. Obviously if the box drops the connection it is a major annoyance. I am using version 9.10

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Ubuntu Installation :: Only Failsafe Brings Up Panel/desktop After Lucid Upgrade

May 25, 2010

I've recently upgraded to Lucid, [url]

E.g., if I log in to a normal Gnome session, I have no panel or any controls whatsoever, just the desktop background and nothing else. Mouse works, but no mouse click of any sort brings up any menu. The only keystroke combo that works is CTRL-ALT-DEL which lets me cleanly reboot.

Logging in to Gnome-Failsafe works fine (that's where I am now). Even if I reconfigure the graphics in failsafe, however, it doesn't seem to fix the problem next reboot.

First question: What do I have to do to copy the working Gnome-failsafe info to Gnome regular?

Second question: What should I do to start the graphic config again from scratch? I'm guessing my problem might have something to do with my having an older Nvidia card and getting conflicts between the proprietary drivers and the 'nouveau' open source drivers, and my current efforts to fix things have probably left a mess of config files somewhere, but I'm not entirely up on how these things are configured nowadays, and understand that /etc/X11/xorg.conf isn't all there is to it anymore. (I used to know how to muck about with this stuff, but because the Ubuntu developers have done such fabulous work in getting things so they 'just work', users like me have had the luxury of not having to worry about figuring it out ourselves for quite a while; thanks are definitely in order there!)

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Ubuntu Networking :: Restart Computer If Internet Connection Is Lost

Apr 24, 2011

Like the title says, is there a way to restart the computer if the internet connection is lost?Is this possible on ubuntu?

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Debian :: Lost Network Configuration After Restart

Aug 11, 2011

Some problems keep bothering me and dont let me use my debian sqeeze with joy.Im in network with no DHCP on. When installing i didnt configure my eth network card.After each restart i need to configure manually my eth because it loses it.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Lucid Upgrade: Restore Default Desktop And Font Settings?

May 18, 2010

I upgraded from Karmic to Lucid recently. Before upgrading, I had customized my desktop on Karmic with Compiz, Emerald and new set of fonts. After upgrade (which appears to have gone smoothly, yay!), my desktop retained the previous appearance settings. I want to try the factory default gnome appearance settings for Lucid and still stuck with restoring fonts.

What I have done till now:

0. Enabled Visual Effects from Appearance menu.
1. Theme -> Changed to Human
2. Window Manager -> Still using Compiz
3. Window Decorator -> Switched from Emerald to GTK
4. Font -> Changed first 3 font types in the Font tab to Sans, size 10, 4th to Sans Bold and 5th to Monochrome. Rendering -> subpixel smoothing (LCD)

What I want:

1. Is this the default setting? Have I missed anything in restoring default settings?

2. I have done too many changes to firefox font rendering over time. How do I restore default 10.04 font settings for Firefox? I would ideally love to have an option in Ubuntu which would help me restore factory settings.

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Ubuntu :: Minimal Install W/LXDE Lost Shutdown / Restart Options

Sep 4, 2010

I'm working on getting a stripped down Ubuntu Lucid installed on an old POS HP PC for a friend. Because it only has 256 MB RAM, I used a minimal CD and the installed lxde as the GUI.Today I was working on it and installed the latest updates and Openoffice-Writer. After rebooting, the shutdown button only gives me Hibernate, Log Out and Cancel. I lost Shut Down and Restart. Searching w/Google shows solutions for other distros such as Arch and Mint, but none that worked for Ubuntu w/LXDE. Either the files to edit don't exist, the groups don't exist (one site said to add the user to the "power" group, no such thing in 'buntu) or the options don't exist (such as System->Administration, which isn't in the menu at all).

HAL and dbus are running, which was the other thing some sites mentioned.So, how do I get the shutdown and restart buttons back? The people that will be getting this machine aren't going to know how to go to a terminal and type "sudo shutdown -h now" everytime they want to shut down.I know the buttons existed before installing the latest updates.

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Red Hat / Fedora :: File Based Disks Lost After Restart

Mar 14, 2011

At first I wanna say that I'm (quite) new to Linux and Fedora.Currently I have to use Fedora at school, but I'm running into some problems. To make things faster at school, I'm now trying to do the same thing at home using WMWare virtualbox.Our task is to setup 2 file-based disks using 4 image files and loop-devices. I can create and mount and use and do whatever with them, but after restart they are gone. Also all physical volumes and volume groups I created are gone. I used /etc/fstab to automount them at startup, but it doesnt seem to work.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Preseed-file Not Working As Expected On Lucid Desktop Install - Read

Jul 30, 2010

I have a problem to get it to work. The installer seems to read the preseed-file alright, and some of the values defined in the preseed-file are taken into account. The questions regarding locale, keyboard layout and time zone are answered using the preseed-file, but in the user account creation-step the process goes wrong. The Full name-field is obtained from the preseed-file, but the login-name is generated by the installer and not read from the preseed. Also the password-fields are empty and not filled in. Also the script that I've defined with preseed/late_command is never run.

I tried searching the forums but no-one had exactly this kind of problem, so it makes me think that this has to be some trivial error I'm doing. Could someone take a look at these configs and see if there's something wrong with them? How should I continue resolving this?


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Ubuntu :: Multiple Screens - Grandr - Settings For Dual Monitors Lost At Restart

Jun 8, 2010

The 'Multiple Screens' tool, aka grandr, is very handy for setting up my dual monitors. But restarting my system restores the monitor setup to the (crummy) default settings. Is there a way to save these settings and make sure they are always applied when the OS boots? Putting these settings in my xorg.conf would be fine, but I'm not sure where or in what form the settings generated by grandr might be located, or if they're at all xorg.conf compatible.

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OpenSUSE Multimedia :: NVidia Driver Configuration Lost After Restart

Nov 14, 2010

I have installed the current Nvidia driver(s) for my video card:
nvidia-gfxGO2-kmp-desktop 260.19.12_k2.6.34.0_12-24.1
x11-video-nvidiaGO2 260.19.12-25.1
nvidia-settings 256.35.0.pm. 1.1
xorg-x11-driver-vido-nouveau 0.0.15_20100401_bfb95cc-1.10
libXNVCtrl 256.35-0.pm.2.1

Now my problem is everytime I save the configuration for
- the open GL settings
- the anti aliasing settings
- the powermizing settings
with the GUI-programm NVIDIA X Server Settings under GNOME

Every setting is lost completely after a restart of my system and the defaults are reset even if i save the configuration in the menu nvidia-settings configuration of the GUI-programm NVIDIA X Server Settings. Is there a possibility to SAVE the settings? They should stay after a reboot.
I think this is a issue very spread under several Linux distributions. I can't understand the source of the mistake or bug.

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Jun 6, 2010

I installed Gnome desktop environment recently then ;I' ve lost KDE desktop effects settings. I just can see Compiz Configirator. I cant configure effects independently. There is same settings in gnome and kde. And also I cant change windows appearence.

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Ubuntu :: Successful Lucid Install - I / O Error On Restart

Jul 9, 2010

I just installed lucid, Ubuntu 10.04. The first time I screwed it up by removing the CD to early. Do not remove CD until the tray opens by itself or until the system restarted. The second attempt took only 21 minutes. The only input required from me was the time zone, my name and password. After it restarted I had to right click on the network icon and enter the name of my router (Belkin) and the open "edit connections" and enter the network password. All done.

I did have one questionable moment though. When I clicked on "restart" I got a black screen with this message scrolled all the way down the screen...
"(123.2#####) end request: i/o error, dev sr0, sector 46####".
The pc was froze up, or at least stalled at this point. I hit the reset button and all was well. Is a repair recommended or was that just a technicality that really meant nothing? I intend to continue this thread with updates as I reload all my garbage.

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Ubuntu :: Lucid Lost DSL Connection

Sep 13, 2010

The computer is a K9n6pgm2+ mainboard w/2gig of RAM and an AMD Phenom Triple Core. My Harddrives are /dev/sda=320gig and /dev/sdb=80gig. Resident on sda is Ubuntu 10.04 (fresh install) w/Windows XP installed at the final 40 gigs, installed after Ubuntu install and then used the 9.10 live CD to reinstall GRUB. On /dev/sdb is Ubuntu 9.10.I installed the fresh Lucid install 3 months ago when I purchased the 320 gig HDD to replace the failing 40 gig and it has run perfectly until yesterday. I presently have a 2Wire Modem located at and I have a new Motorola in the mail but I presently cannot get Lucid to find my internet connection.

If I boot into XP everything is fine. i can go all over the net. If I boot into Karmic, all is well. I am typing this in Karmic so it is strictly a Lucid problem and I have tried all that I know to do and I really want my Lucid install back.

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May 4, 2010

Lucid is not in testing but it's released.It seems it works now, with all desktop effects activated and switching users and closing sessions.The only thing I still don't know is which screensaver can I use if removing gnome-screensaver?

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Apr 30, 2011

I have just finished the upgrade of the latest version and I'm at the point of my system restating.

My system automatically tried to restart but on the restart I got the 'terminal' view. It stopped when asking for my username (it never normally asks for this before the grub menu) and then password. I didn't get any further than that.

I now have on my screen (still in the terminal view before the grub menu)

"name@name-desktop:...$ "

I'm on my phone now so I don't actually have the symbol for before the dollar sign but your know what it is. The raised S on a 90 degree angle.

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Dec 16, 2008

I have lost my ability in KDE Menus to do a shutdown or restart. My only option is to logoff or cancel. This started occurring about 2 weeks ago, possibly 2 KDE workspace updates ago. I have been assuming it would get fixed with an update but so far it has not.

I am running Fedora 10 x86_64, kernel =, and the KDE version is:

kde-filesystem.noarch 4-20.fc10 installed
kde-settings.noarch 4.1-4.20081031svn.fc10 installed
kde-settings-kdm.noarch 4.1-4.20081031svn.fc10 installed

I have 3 different systems all running the same OS and KDE versions and it is happening on all 3 systems. All systems have the "Offer Shutdown Options" selected in Session Manager. I have even turned this option off, rebooted, and then back on to try to jumpstart it but that did not work.

Additionally, I have tried deleting the contents of the /tmp directory while in single-user mode and also the .kde under my home directory. This made no difference.

Another symptom I am noticing is that any desktop widgets that I create all get moved to the upper left-hand corner of the display whenever I reboot and log back in. Any extra shortcut widgets that I add to the panel are also gone the next time I log in.

Again, these same symptoms are occurring on 3 different machines.

These symptom do not occur after a fresh install of FC 10. It is breaking during one of the yum updates but I have not narrowed it down yet as to which update is causing this to happen.

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Ubuntu :: Lucid Lynx After Restart Error: No Such Device - Grub Rescue

Aug 27, 2010

when it comes to linux, but like the idea and hope one day to get away from microsoft all together. This is the second time I have tried to install ubuntu on my eeepc 1000HG in addition to windows 7. The first version was karmic koala netbook remix, and yesterday it was lucid lynx netbook remix. Its annoying because before the update packages are downloaded and installed it runs smoothly, even additional applications run with no problem, but after restart to complete installation the following error message appears.

error: no such device: 5290ea6f-1bdf-4eda-b56e-2f282662e188. grub rescue>

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