CentOS 6.4 - Gnome misbehaving after Nvidia driver install

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http://www.linuxquestions.org – Hi everyone... I'm using CentOS 6.4. I seem to be experiencing an interesting issue that I've not been able to solve - perhaps because I've not used CentOS/Gnome before. I'm familiar with Linux as a whole though. I did the NVIDIA driver update (after disabling Nouveau and all went well until I rebooted and logged in (via the GUI login screen). The Gnome desktop comes up with my folders, files, trash, computer, home, etc.. HOWEVER, my top and bottom panels (which include all the menus, etc.) are missing. Any thoughts as to what is causing this? My NVIDIA driver is x86_64 ver 310.19 for (HowTos)