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I attempted to take a screenshot by hitting print screen. Unfortunately, this was the result:

Empty Desktop

Didn't show the open Firefox, Chrome or terminal windows. It also didn't show the top bar or any desktop icons. Just the desktop background. I tried running the Screenshot app directly and obtained the same result. Shutter worked though. I am using 11.10 with the Gnome 3.2.1 shell. Does anyone know what the issue is?

My system settings are:

Driver: VESA: RV710 Experience: Standard

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mmm, very strange but have you tried Shutter it is the best program to take a screen-shot(found in Ubuntu repository) –  Black Block Dec 1 '11 at 23:18
I am not able to reproduce this issue. Can you provide more information on your setup? You may have a bug here. –  Christopher Kyle Horton Dec 2 '11 at 1:55
@WarriorIng64: What kind of info? –  Casebash Dec 2 '11 at 2:12
@Casebash For starters, you could tell us what your hardware setup is (particularly graphics) and how you installed GNOME Shell (if you're not using the Software Center's version in 11.10). –  Christopher Kyle Horton Dec 2 '11 at 2:15
Repeat your test, but use Screenshot app. directly. This will reduce issue (to resolve) to a keyboard triggered event vs. the 'Screenshot' app. itself. –  david6 Dec 2 '11 at 4:11

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Try changing the default time to at least one second in the screenshot options, like the example below. I had the same issue and this workaround solved it. I still get an instant screenshot when pressing PrtScn , but the other two options have a one-second delay.

Screenshot options dialog

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I tried delays of up to 4 seconds, but they didn't actually work. There is a flashing animation before the screenshot which might be the cause of this error –  Casebash Dec 7 '11 at 3:12
That's too bad, I guess your best bet is to follow @Naruto's advice and use Shutter until this bug gets sorted out. –  Tom Brossman Dec 7 '11 at 8:51

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