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Missing Menus &Taskbar on Linux Gnome

Q: My menu and taskbar have disappeared from my Linux (Gnome) desktop.

A: Your gnome startup and configuration files are probably corrupted. This can be causes by hitting a disk quota, or cosmic rays (happens semi-often with RH 7.3 gnome). We had a spate of these in the past two weeks, no idea why.

To fix, login to your linux account through ssh (i.e. NOT running gnome). (A 'fail-safe' session will be ok).

delete the following directories...

(any and all may be there)...

.gconfd
.gnome
.gnome2_private
.gnome_private
.gqviewrc
.gtkrc-1.2-gnome2
.gconf
.gnome2
.gnome-desktop
.nautilus

Logout and then login to a Gnome desktop, you should be back to the default settings...

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