Ubuntu – Gnome panel and menu bar can’t be clicked..!


I am using Ubuntu Lucid Lynx. I installed it using the feature 'Install within Windows'. I got a simple though difficult problem.

Touch pad and external mouse movements are working fine.

I am able to :

  • Maximize,minimize,close an opened window using the buttons on window.
  • Drag a window by double clicking and holding it.
  • Rise up a context menu with a right click on the window border.
  • Scroll through a page with the Mouse wheel.

I am not able to :

  • Left click or right click on a panel.
  • Open a menu item from the menu bar using click.
  • Open a folder by double clicking it.
  • Rise up a context menu for a right click inside the window area.
  • Click an item in side pane.
  • Scroll through a page dragging the scroll bar.
  • Select OK or cancel in the pop up windows by a click. [To do so, I have to use tab to go the option and press enter].

It happened as follows :

I finished installing the packages planets, sugar-emulator, rlplot, gsynaptics, then opened the package planets, added a planet in the opened window.

*The planets window said to press Ctrl + Shift to release mouse from its window to normal ubuntu environment. I doubt my keystroke was wrong. I am not sure what i pressed. Something wrong went from there. *

I thought a restart would clear the problem, but it didn't. I removed all the installed packages and their dependencies, restarted my laptop. Still, the problem exists.

I am using my laptop with all the keyboard shortcuts i know. And i have to press tab many times to select something and it is really bad.

Solution ?

  1. Should i install any drivers for my touch pad ?
  2. Is there any option to restore my system to an earlier point of time as is possible in windows?
  3. Should i change any settings ?
  4. Can i recovery using any boot up installation?

Best Answer

Your gnome settings are corrupted some how. Instead of spending time debugging them all, your quickest solution is to create a new user and move over your document files. The other option is to try and reset the options for gnome:

From a terminal which you can get to by going Applications > Accessories > Terminal, copy and paste the following:

rm -rf .gnome .gnome2 .gconf .gconfd .metacity

This will remove all of your gnome settings and set them to the default settings. These files are normally hidden files and you don't normally see them in your home folder from nautilus (nautilus is the file manager that is shown when you go to Places > Home).

Log off and back on to apply the changes.