I once installed MX-16 on a laptop and it worked perfectly fine (despite it being 32-bits on a 64-bit laptop, only thing I had at the time). After a few shutdowns and restarts, all of the sudden one no longer gets a wallpaper when one logs in. Instead the desktop background is now a terminal screen. Not only that, but the title bar to the windows are gone, no border to resize them either, can't
alt-tab between windows, plus only one workspace. Still have the taskbar, but no buttons for each open window. I went into the settings and tried to change some, but nothing seems to take effect (like number of workspaces or desktop background). Window Manager and Window Manager Tweaks won't launch. I tried a
dkpg --configure -a but nothing. There doesn't seem to be a recovery mode in grub either.
Exact OS version is
Linux 3.16.0-4-686-pae (i686). I tried a non-pae version from grub but same problem.
From the comment below, I looked up how to determine Window Manager. Got the following:
$ wmctrl -m Cannot get window manager info properties. (_NET_SUPPORTING_WM_CHECK or _WIN_SUPPORTING_WM_CHECK)
Tried to reinstall a Window Manager (xfwm4 was "installed") without success.