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[ubuntu] [11.10 and 12.10] Getting a blue wallpaper screen with no desktop bars

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http://ubuntuforums.org – I just got a linux VPS after like 6-7 months from my last VPS. I installed a clean copy of 11.10, and then used this tutorial to install ubuntu-desktop and get a VNC connection going: http://www.webhostingtalk.com/showthread.php?t=1029327 Note that I've installed 11.10 dozens of times previously, and everytime this guide did the trick ! So the guide is not the problem here. Now however, when I follow the exact same procedure, when I actually open a VNC connection, here's the screen I see: I tried reinstalling the latest 12.10, and the result was the same on that, with the only differe (Hardware)