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I am using Xubuntu 14.04. It performs fine normally, but every once and a while, the screen starts acting strangely. It suddenly switches to showing a state it was previously in - for example, while working in Aptana Studio, it will sometimes display the work I was doing a few hours beforehand. This happens with other programs too, though, such as when I switch to my browser, it will display Aptana Studio.

Even when it displays the previous state, I am still able to interact with the window that's really on top. Making any changes (such as hovering over a link, or scrolling) causes that area to show what it's supposed to, but the rest of the screen stays showing the old state.

(I previously thought that the problem didn't occur across workspaces, but I've now seen that it does.)

Any ideas what could be going on? Is there any other information I could share to help diagnose the problem?

Additional info from the comments:

Java version: Java 7 update 55 64-bit

GPU info: NVIDIA Corporation: G92 [GeForce 9800 GTX+]: Using X.Org X server -- Nouveau display driver from xserver-xorg-video-nouveau (open source)

I tried switching the GPU driver to "NVIDIA Binary Driver - version 331.38 from nvidia-331 (proprietary, tested)", but it had no effect.

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I don't know Aptana but I gather it is a Java application. Other Java applications sometimes expose similar issues. Which version of Java is installed? –  aquaherd Jul 15 at 19:56
@aquaherd Correct, it's an IDE built off of Eclipse. I have Java 7 update 55 64-bit installed. –  ZAD-Man Jul 15 at 20:27
Sounds like a GPU bug. What GPU do you have? –  bain Jul 15 at 20:34
@bain Here's what I got from "Additional Drivers" - NVIDIA Corporation: G92 [GeForce 9800 GTX+] and Using X.Org X server -- Nouveau display driver from xserver-xorg-video-nouveau (open source). –  ZAD-Man Jul 15 at 20:47
Report a bug to the Nouveau project at nouveau.freedesktop.org/wiki/Bugs –  bain Jul 16 at 21:37

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