Can't log in to Ubuntu 3d + VLC problem

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http://ubuntuforums.org – When I log in to Ubuntu 3D, the launcher loads and the icons pop up but I can't click on any of them. I can move my mouse around but nothing happens. The, I don't know what to call it, task bar at the top with time/battery/wireless/etc icons does not fully load. I don't get those icons. The only way I can get out of it is to hold the power button to reboot. If I log in to Ubuntu 2d everything is fine. It seems little slow (it was running much faster when Windows was installed) and it seems like a lot of the settings/preferences are missing. I just installed Ubuntu to save a failing laptop, th (Hardware)