Green status window and tool drop-down menu inactive


The green status cross-top bare that displays recent activity and the tools drop down menu have become inactive for some reason. 

I have NOT installed a new pluggin. This just happened. 

I am running 1.7.8

I've been working really hard with ELGG to maintain a viable and stable social network for my users but these weird little issues keep happening. 

Any advice would be swell. 

P.S. Please only tell me to upgrade if you know that it will fix the problem. I'd like to wait until 1.8 rolling for production.