When I click on the icon in the dock it only bounces.

When I open it via Cerebro it only opens a blank panel.

Clicking 'All Settings' does nothing

It's really hard to use an OS with no settings. Please help!

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I helped an individual on Reddit with a problem kinda close to what you've got happening and it ended up being an issue with broken packages in the end. Try the following in Terminal:

First, lets's try to reinstall Switchboard with:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install --reinstall switchboard

Once this is done, let's do a update via the command line with:

sudo apt-get upgrade

Once the above is done, give the machine a reboot and try opening System Settings.

If that didn't do it, we can try fixing broken packages (if there are any). Open Terminal and do:

sudo apt-get -f install

Again, maybe not needed but good to do, reboot the box once again. Now, try System Settings again.

The issue I helped another elementary user with stemmed from what we believed was system interaction while updates were applying. A good practice is that when updates are being applied through AppCenter is to close down all open apps, apply updates without any machine interaction then do a reboot.

Here is a link to the Reddit discussion HERE

Hope this helps!!!!!

  • I am so sorry to say all of didn't help. The exact issue remains unchanged. Feb 6, 2018 at 20:33
  • Very strange...if you were to open Switchboard via a command line, does there appear to be anything amiss? Also, it may be a long shot, but uninstalling Switchboard then reinstalling may be worth a try.
    – linux_tim
    Feb 8, 2018 at 14:05
  • It was easier to just install another OS than to fix this issue. I just ended up installing Ubuntu 17.10 with Gnome. I needed that functionality to do my work so I couldn't wait to fix it. Thanks for the thoughtful advice anyhow! Feb 9, 2018 at 14:20

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