Ubuntu – Problems after upgrading to 14.04 (only background and pointer after login)


After upgrading from 12.04 to 14.04 I could log in to my X session (albeit with really low graphics). While trying to fix the graphics, I managed to break the X session.

Now, after typing my password in the unity-greeter, the items disappear and I can only see the desktop background and the pointer. This happens for every user. I can still log in in tty's. How can I solve this?

Also, I cannot seem to be able to install nvidia-current as it tries to install nvidia-304 and it depends on old video-abi libraries. Is there a way to tell the package manager that nvidia-current should use a newer version?

Best Answer

  • This bug depends on several factors, including Video card and custom config files. For example, some users have solved the issue by doing one or several of the following "solutions" (Not all work for everyone, some users even need a combination depending on how the session was configured and hardware used):

    Fix 1 - Compiz Problems (OpenGL module not loading, Unity plugin not loading)

    sudo rm -fr ~/.cache/compizconfig-1
    sudo rm -fr ~/.compiz

    Fix 2 - Session not loading (Guest session loads fine)

    sudo rm -fr ~/.Xauthority
    sudo rm -fr ~/.config/autostart

    Fix 3 - Session not loading (Guest not loading)

    sudo apt-get install --reinstall ubuntu-desktop unity compizconfig-settings-manager upstart

    Fix 4 - Launcher / Top Panel not loading (Nvidia cards)

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xorg-edgers/ppa -y
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install nvidia-340
    sudo reboot

    Fix 5 - Clearing Unity

    dconf reset -f /org/compiz/
    setsid unity

    Fix 6 - Clearing the Cache

    sudo rm -fr .cache/*

    WARNING - This will clear the cache for all apps inside of the .cache folder.

    For most of these cases, if the session opens and you still can not see the top panel or the launcher, try opening a terminal CTRL+ALT+T and typing ccsm (Assuming you already installed the compizconfig-settings-manager package) then enable the OpenGL plugin and the Unity Plugin. If the driver is working well, this should enable both panels in a couple of seconds. There are even some cases where the Unity plugin in the compiz config settings manager is simply not enabled.