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GUI Desktop without a menu

Mon Jul 18, 2016 6:46 pm

The Raspberry PI 2 B that I got in Feb 2016 came with NOOBS. It installed [Linux version 4.1.17-v7+ (dc4@dc4-XPS13-9333) (gcc version 4.8.3 20140303 (prerelease) (crosstool-NG linaro-1.13.1+bzr2650 - Linaro GCC 2014.03) ) #838 SMP Tue Feb 9 13:15:09 GMT 2016]. After the initial install I removed the monitor and keyboard and started using it as a headless machine. When I needed a GUI, I used TightVNC or Win10 Remote Desktop Connection. Both worked reasonably well.

The Raspberry Pi is working as an alarm system, it takes photos & makes a sound when motion is detected in a zone. In June I started attempting to connect a remote Bluetooth speaker. In order to get the Bluetooth dongle functioning, I had to upgrade the OS to [Linux version 4.4.13-v7+ (dc4@dc4-XPS13-9333) (gcc version 4.9.3 (crosstool-NG crosstool-ng-1.22.0-88-g8460611) ) #894 SMP Mon Jun 13 13:13:27 BST 2016].

While making this upgrade, I did something that removed all the menus from the GUI desktop - there is a desktop and I still can connect to it, but there are not any applications on it. This is true both connecting a monitor/keyboard directly to the PI, or using TightNVC or Win10 Remote Desktop.

I know it is connecting to the PI, because I can right click on the blank desktop, and I get a pop up menu that allows me to open a terminal command line window or switch to any of 4 desktops.

There are several threads about getting a remote GUI functioning, but I cannot find any that reference this problem.

Thanks for any help with this item.

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Re: GUI Desktop without a menu

Mon Jul 25, 2016 1:20 pm

Happened to me once and I solved this by doing this;

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cd ~/.config/lxpanel/LXDE/panels
cp /usr/share/lxpanel/profile/default/panels/panel .
sudo reboot
Where I read it: http://raspberrypi.stackexchange.com/qu ... et-it-back
Raspberry pi 3 set up as desktop with raspbian.
I guess you can say I am not newbie with linux but I am not a master at it either.
I will always try to help you as much as I can because I know how hard it is to run into problems :D

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