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Unity is broken after Parallels Tools installation in Ubuntu 14.04

  • Parallels Desktop for Mac Business Edition
  • Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac Standard Edition


Unity is broken after Parallels Tools are installed or reinstalled in your Ubuntu 14.04 virtual machine.


  1. Start your Ubuntu 14.04 virtual machine and press Ctrl+Alt+F2 to activate the command line

  2. Enter your username and the password

  3. Locate xorg.conf.XXXXXXXX (where XXXXXXXX is the date when the xorg.conf file was created):

    ls -l /etc/X11/

    Check whether this file contains "Parallels" entries

    vi /etc/X11/xorg.conf.XXXXXXXX

    It should look like this:

    Press CMD+Z to exit vi

  4. Type in:

    sudo mv /etc/X11/xorg.conf.XXXXXXXX /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/xorg.conf
    export DISPLAY=:0
    gsettings reset org.compiz.core:/org/compiz/profiles/unity/plugins/core/ active-plugins

    Press Ctrl+Alt+F7 to exit the command line

  5. Reboot your virtual machine.

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