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This is something that's been bugging me for quite some time.

I'm attaching a screenshot of the issue as seen in Microsoft Office Word 2007.

Issue in Word 2007

While it doesn't get in the way when it's like this, I've had to uninstall other apps as the black artefacts affected usability.

Here is the same issue in Excel 2007.

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I'm running 32-bit Ubuntu 10.10, with an Intel 945 chipset.

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I recently switched machines to a Lenovo Thinkpad X201 and have the same problem. I have the same problem using Crossover and their support team pointed to the same driver bug. – Kendor Mar 9 '11 at 12:40

Judging from Word 2007's AppDB page this looks more to be a graphics driver bug

xf86-video-intel 2.12.0 and newer

GUI controls are painted black: Downgrade to 2.11.0.

Reverting to an older driver is not really practical (it's possible but it's a very manual process). That bug report suggests a registry work-around. Either browse to the right location in regedit or save this as a .reg file and run it through regedit

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Wine\X11 Driver]

However, there is at least one person who says this makes things worse. But that bug report is where you want to track the issue. Wine have washed their hands of it.

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I can verify that registry key mod does eliminate the black artifacts in O2007; however, it introduces other issues. I lost the close,minimize,maximize buttons, but also the Office 2007 button... my reaction is that this fix is not usable. – Kendor Mar 9 '11 at 17:35
Kendor is right, this registry hack doesn't work well at all for Office 2007. – Redandwhite Mar 18 '11 at 13:24

I have back-ported a fix for this bug for natty. Please can you install the xserver-xorg-video-intel from ppa:smorar/bugfixes and check if this resolves this issue for you.

If there is enough interest, I may try and push this through as a SRU for natty (11.04).

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