No menu after a new 32-bit installation


I need a 32-bit Linux for some testing, so I just installed the 32-bit version of Ubuntu MATE 18.04.1 in a KVM virtual machine (with the “Virtual Machine Manager”).

I had some weird display problems with the “QXL” virtual graphics card, so I chose “Cirrus” instead and installed from scratch. I chose a standard desktop installation with no updates during installtion. Everything went well, but when the virtual OS booted, there was no menu bars at the top or at the bottom.

Is this a known problem? What can I do to troubleshoot this issue?

In the meantime, I’ll update the virtual system, to see if that helps.


A system update did not fix it.

I right-clicked on the empty panel at the top and chose “Reset Panel”, and that helped.

But now I have 2 network status icons (the one with the up and down arrows). One is part of the “Indicator Applet Complete”, and the other one is a “Notification Area” with no other options for any other notifications.

This is a fresh installation. It is not looking good.