Gnome Panels not working or responding

Hi, I installed Ubuntu a week ago. 2 days ago I ran into a major problem. I don't know what I could have done (all I remember is doing Cntl-Alt-Bksp to restart xserver), but sometime later I realized that the default gnome panels were no longer working or responding. The only thing I could do is click the trash icon, and use the keyboard to switch desktops. If I try to click any menu like Applications on the top with my mouse, nothing happens. My desktop icons work fine. Also when I minimize a window, the window does not show up in the bottom panel. Also any keyboard shortcuts I use to access the panels do not work. When I try to restart XServer or go to runlevel 1/2 back to runlevel 5, runlevel 5 will show my desktop void of any panels. The only way to get them back is to reboot my comp., but panels will still not work. <br> Has anyone else run into this problem? If so how can I fix it? I tried deleting ~/.gnome and restarting it, but that didn't work. I also tried killall deskbar-applet and kilall gnome-panel and all that. Also tried un-installing gnome panel and re-installing, but now I just get a "OAFIID: GNOME_Panel_TrashApplet" message <br> Let me know what kind of tests or output I should provide. Thanks! <br> *using ATI x1300 graphics card PCI-e

Exact same problem

I am having this exact problem.  It started after I came back from hibernation (which was kind of iffy, it seemed, but worked) and tried to add a couple launcher/applet things (XPenguins and Sherman's lagoon, if you're wondering).  Everything froze up, and I shut the compy off (manually, I believe).  Ever since, everything except the right side of my top panel loads, but only the trash responds. Occasionally, the power icon will load as well, but does not respond.If I do a killall gnome-panel, the bottom panel updates to show all the current open windows, but still doesn't respond.I am less savvy than the OP, but yes, everything else still works fine (I'm posting this from the affected system).  Does anyone know what's going wrong?  I'm willing to try whatever.  Thanks!

Update

    I did a little fiddling, and after restarting Xserver, no panels showed up (Ubuntu seemed to think gnome-panels was already running, even though there were none).  So I killall-ed gnome-panel, and then typed gnome-panel.  Then my panels came back (broken like before) with these messages:(gnome-panel:5590): GdkPixbuf-CRITICAL **: gdk_pixbuf_scale_simple: assertion `dest_width > 0' failed(gnome-panel:5590): Gtk-WARNING **: gtk_widget_size_allocate(): attempt to allocate widget with width -9 and height 24Does that help any?

same problem

Has anyone found a fix for this yet. I would hate to have to re-install agoin.

Clear Gnome Settings

Use your favorite search engine to find "clear gnome settings"

The answer will involve removing some hidden directories from your home folder which your system will then rebuild when restarted.

I no longer have the gnome installed but I think you have to log in to a repair console, navigate to your user directory, and rm .gconf .gnome2

Problems with gnome panels

This problem ocurrs because the gnome-applets library is not present or corrupted. Go to the Synaptic package manager and use the find tool and find "trash" to locate the library and select it to install or re-install.Best Regardsjmatos