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I previously had my system running with an ATI grapgic card, which caused a very instable system. Therefore I bought a simple Nvidia card which is doing fine, but since then, the Gnome Shell crashes when opening the Gnome Shell Menu 1 and start typing! And it is even funnier that it does NOT crash when typing e.g. "jd.." for jDownloader!

I posted a picture to be sure you know what I mean.


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I had the same problem! Are you using the Orta theme? If you are, switching it to another gnome shell theme fixed the problem

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No, I'm not runnin the Ortha theme, but I will try using another theme asap. thx –  unimail Feb 10 '12 at 21:54
Changed it - but same problem... –  unimail Feb 11 '12 at 18:06

This is an incompatibility issue with Nvidia drivers, since Gnome-Shell v. 3.2! I have the same problem too.

You can install this plugin, that does not resolve the issue unfortunately, but it prevents/deactivates the search function completely and therefore a possible crash.

More information can be found on the link.

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