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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 dist-upgrade, and 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.

EDIT

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)

EDIT

Tried to reinstall a Window Manager (xfwm4 was "installed") without success.

  • What window manager does MX-16 use? Is it started at all? It sounds as though your window manager has broken, and Linux is simply back in its default state as a CLI. – music2myear Jul 25 '18 at 21:20
  • @music2myear wmctrl seems to not find one. – Edward Jul 25 '18 at 22:24
  • Then I would guess that is the problem. If MX-16 contains a repair function, you'll probably want to start with that. Or, just find a window manager you prefer and install it. – music2myear Jul 25 '18 at 23:30
  • @music2myear Well, I opened synaptic to find a window manager to (re)install, and I discovered that xfwm4 was installed. Clicked for reinstallation, rebooted, no change. Clicked for complete removal, rebooted, no cahnge, installed, rebooted, and no change. Looking a bit I tried icewm, but again, no change. Did not find a repair function other than Boot Repair. – Edward Jul 26 '18 at 18:29

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