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After installing natty on my MacBook Pro - fresh install, not an upgrade. I was happy that almost everything works. However, my second day in, unity is beginning to become more and more flaky. If totally crashed on me once - (Unity not Natty - I could still use the apps that were running, just couldn't access the launcher or panel).

Sometimes the launcher becomes misaligned with the mouse - it appears higher on the screen like it is shifted upward, you can click it, but the mouse still thinks it is in the same position so you end up opening a different application that the one you click on - FRUSTRATING! A restart fixes this problem - but it has happened twice. Also, the top panel has started to show strange check patterns occasionally. I have a picture of the panel, but the forum won't let me post it here...sigh

Also, sometimes when I enter the search window for applications - I can't type into the search box.

MacBook Pro 7-1 Typical software installs - Shutter, GIMP, LibreOffice, BackInTime, WINE for FirstClass

What might cause this - I kind of like unity when it there something wrong with my graphics setup? The Additional Drivers application shows Nvidia is installed but 'not in use'....Help!

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Your first port of call should be filing a bug. Run ubuntu-bug unity from a terminal and file it on Launchpad (just follow the prompts).

And to save you from restarting, firing off unity --replace or compiz --replace should restart Unity without needing to restart the whole computer.

Additional Drivers saying "not in use" is a known bug. It's not always accurate.

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Thanks for the command line to restart unity - I thought there must be an easier way. I did use "ubuntu-bug unity" - but it gave a message window that said natty was 'no longer in development' and directed me to these forums (it also gave an option for a paid help service)...I'll try again... – Watgrad Apr 30 '11 at 2:13
Yeah there's a "Yes, I have gone through technical support, and they have referred me here" option. Screenshot – Oli Apr 30 '11 at 2:41
Is there another way to restart unity? 'unity --replace' works but it leaves the terminal window running. When I close the terminal Unity quits too and I'm left with no way to get it back - only the cursor, no ability to start any applications or new even a new terminal. Am I doing something incorrectly? Thanks for any suggestions you can make... btw - my unity problem seems to be tied to WINE - some of my wine apps make unity act very strangely... – Watgrad May 5 '11 at 1:39

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