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Ubuntu Trusty Tahr runs slowly in Virtualbox, with 3D enabled

I installed the latest Ubuntu in the latest Virtualbox. It is slow: frames are visible in animations and the mouse flickers. This question is different from many others on the net that suggest ...
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Problems with Compiz on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

I am currently dual booting Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on my system(3 gb RAM, i3 , 320 GB HDD). I recently installed the Compiz Config Manager along with Compiz Pluginz. Realizing that they would not be much ...
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(update to 14.04) unity is not loading after I login to the admin profile after upgrade

I upgraded to 14.04 and after the final reboot, I logged in the admin account but unity won't start, I have only the 14.04 background. No shortcuts work. I can login and use the guest and other ...
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Unity Dashboard: Increase the number of “Recently Used Applications” in the dashboard?

Thank you for reading my question: My Question: How can I increase the number of Recently used applications that appear in the Dashboard? when you press the SUPER KEY the Dashboard opens, and the ...
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Ubuntu start up view changed due to gnome shell [duplicate]

I recently installed Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr on my laptop. Its default Desktop Environment was Unity. I installed gnome-desktop-environment then I could use both unity DE and gnome DE on my ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 totem video player show big play/pause icon on screen

After I updated my desktop to 14.04 totem or unity default video player show it's play/pause icon very big on the screen, and there is nothing in preferences that i can change it. any suggestions ? ...
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How can I remove launcher drive icons on 14.04? [duplicate]

Non of the solutions work from these answers. Do someone have any solution for the new, 14.04 release? Related question
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Fullscreen hotkey bind not taking

My problem is I can't get the following setting to "take": I read on ubuntu forums (and unfortunately I can't post more than 2 links in this post) that the bind may be overwritten by compiz settings ...
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Choppy HD video playback with unity/gnome

I have been facing a video playback problem with ubuntu for a long time. Everytime I try to play a 720p/1080p video on my laptop, the performance is choppy with frames dropped every second or so. I ...
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Weird theme in Ubuntu 14.04

Sometimes when I login in Ubuntu 14.04 the theme has changed, see the image: Any ideas what may cause this bug?
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Ubuntu not booting right. No taskbar. No unity. No left bar. No programs. Error windows don't have a title bar

I keep ubuntu up-to-date. I turned on my computer today and It was slow to boot, only reponding after I moved my mouse a bit. Then it got to the screen with an error message but the error message ...
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How to adjust window placement in Unity, Ubuntu 14.04 based on overlapping top bar

Ever since I upgraded to Ubuntu 14.04 from 13.10, I will have windows that open with the top bar of the window obscured by the top bar of the screen. I can move the window once it is open, and then ...
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Make last clicked window stay on top in Unity

Is there a way to force the last active window to stay on top of all other windows in Unity? Or any other GUI for that matter? It really annoys me, when a program after finishing a task or when ...
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Issues with Unity desktop

After upgrading Ubuntu from 13.10 to 14.04, I have noticed that Unity 3D crashes and freezes quite a lo. It does manage to respond after a while, but can be quite slow, especially with the opening and ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 crashing on HP Pavilion g6

So, I recently upgraded to Ubuntu 14.04 (with a clean install), and in 2 days compiz/unity has already crashed at least 5 times, specially when I'm trying to open a minimized window. I've been running ...
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Graphics hardware warning when updating to 14.04

As I use Ubuntu at work I just update only LTS versions but now I'm not sure if I can/should. As my computer is now ten years old I would change if was mine but as it is owned by my employer I have to ...
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Application switcher - disable select on mouse over

Since my upgrade to 13.10, the icons in the application switcher react to a simple mouse hover. I find this setting annoying. I was used to using only the keyboard, and I now regularly find myself ...
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Wall paper fails to load ( after 14.04 upgrade )

As shown below, after an upgrade 13.10->14.04, the wall paper on unity fails to load, leaving me with a scrambled mess. Right click over the desktop appears to be failing as well. Is there a remedy? ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 freeze a lot. How to fix it? [duplicate]

Since the day I installed Ubuntu 14.04 I face frequent freezes. Today it happened for about three times. When it freeze the mouse barely move. It stays that way for a long time. My GPU is Nvidia and I ...
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After upgrading from 13.10 to 14.04 my screen constantly fades to black. How to fix?

I have an NVIDIA 8600GT graphics card and am currently running the X.Org nouveau display driver. When I boot I get a normal 14.04 login screen with no issues. Once I log in I see my desktop as ...
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14.04 alt key conflict after changing HUD and Window menu shortcuts

In 14.04 I changed the keyboard/shortcuts settings so that: Launcher/"Key to show HUD" is now ALT Z However, when I press ALT, the application menu shows up. That is specially a problem with ...
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ubuntu 14.04 unity desktop without panel and launcher

Now after having succeeded to make running the new Ubuntu 14.04 I see, that Unity seems not to work (the desktop appears without launcher and panel). Gnome is working. CCSM is possible to open under ...
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Fallback to Gnome classic desktop Ubuntu 14.04

I'm using Ubuntu for a while and experienced many bugs in Unity and also it kills productivity. I recently checked BackTrackR3 release which is built on Gnome2.3. But, unfortunately that is available ...
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Where is Start-up Applications in 14.04 Unity?

I cannot find the Start-up Applications in 14.04, I read on a forum that you had to go into Main Menu and allow it to be visible through preferences, but I have looked all the way through preferences ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 Screen freezed

Yesterday I installed Ubuntu 14.04 and all was working fine but today after a while working on my Laptop Ubuntu freezes after a random amount of time. First I had installed the nvidia proprietary ...
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Ubuntu won't log out, Firefox stays open

I'm having a issue on a clean install of Ubuntu 14.04 where I cannot log out if Firefox is open. The Unity interface goes away and Firefox is still open, although I cannot type in anything, elements ...
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Fresh install of 14.04 fails to load Unity after some launches

An install of Ubuntu 13.10 was messed up due to compiz; so I did a fresh install of Ubuntu 14.04 on it. After my 2nd session, Unity won't startup when I boot (the log-in screen works, but I've ...
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Launcher Icons stop working on Ubuntu 14.04

I have the problem that sometimes my launcher Icons will get left-click-unresronsive. Right click will open the context menu, though. Starting applications via the HUD works fine, but the launcher ...
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Maple 15 on Ubuntu 12.04.3 LTS 32-bit

I have installed Maple 15 on Ubuntu 12.04.3 LTS. However, when I click on minimize I cannot restore the windows and have to launch another session of Maple which is frustrating. I think it may not be ...
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Revert from Gnome 3 to Unity

Ok, so Ubuntu 14.04 came with Gnome 3 in it's repo and I tried to give it a go, and I didn't like it at all. So I wanted to continue to use Unity desktop, but it kept freezing and I couldn't change ...
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Runescape fullscreen problem

When I'm playing RuneScape on the linux client when I log in and try to go to fullscreen It would do this: Just to clear things up: Yes I have a membership
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Can't create Unity lens with Ubuntu 14.04

I want create a Unity lens, I follow this exemple : http://developer.ubuntu.com/2012/04/how-to-create-a-wikipedia-unity-lens-for-ubuntu/ I use : quickly create unity-lens wikipedia When I try : ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 upgrade problem - no desktop

I recently upgraded from Ubuntu 13.10 to 14.04 (both 64-bit). Initially, I tried the upgrade that runs from 13.10 (the one that pops up on the desktop to tell you there's a new release), but it ...
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Why is a very small percentage of the swap being used when my ubuntu is almost freezing?

My Ubuntu gets very slow because of too many apps, but when i check the system monitor, Ram use is 80% but swap is less than 5%. How do you let ubuntu use the swap more effectively?
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System tray icons for gnote and mail-notification

After upgrading my desktop from Precise to Trusty, some icon notifications are not shown anymore. Specifically they are the one for gnote and mail-notification. How can I get them back? I run Unity ...
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Dual vertical monitors messes my desktop

When I enable my two monitors in vertical positions My desktop files get dispersed vertically among both screens and the file icons on the upper screen are displaced, they look like they are ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 login screen ui issue

I upgraded Ubuntu 12.04 LTS to 14.04 LTS. I failed to upgrade first time and then I logged into terminal using ctrl+alt+f1 and used the following command to upgrade sudo apt-get dist-upgrade And I ...
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Unity Error after installation on ubuntu 14.4

No application opens after installing such as synaptic, vlc, wine, etc. please help as I think there is some problem with the gui. Is it got to something with the unity?
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change Ubuntu Unity 14.04 to Ubuntu Gnome

what will happen if i installed the ubuntu 14.04 in gnome version after installing ubuntu 14.04 in unity version? is it same as doing fresh install (all installed program will be deleted)
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Permanently set keyboard layout options with setxkbmap in gnome/unity

Ubuntu 13.101 (and maybe upstream gnome) introduced very annoying bug: pressing keyboard layout switch shortcut makes focus go away to some system window, then back to window where shortcut was ...
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14.04: re-enabling unity style notification in unity after xubuntu-desktop install?

Ubuntu 14.04, I installed xubuntu-desktop to get access to both Unity and Xfce. However now, in Unity the notifications are messed up: no transparency, sound change and brightness change do not show ...
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wingravity = static_gravity not supported?

It has been reported that Ubuntu 14.04 does not work well with MSEide+MSEgui (a cross platform GUI development environment). The window positions are wrong, especially by maximizing and normalizing ...
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Nvidia version for (12.04) kernel 3.2.0-60-generic

What is the appropriate nvidia version for (12.04) kernel 3.2.0-60-generic? I am asking because after recent updates, Unity reverted to 2d only. I tried to purge and re-install the driver, but the ...
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Unity problems after updating to 14.04 from 13.10 [on hold]

I updated form 13.10 to 14.04, X Starts Up, I get the GUI log in, everything appears normal, but after I log in there is only the wallpaper and the Cursor. I tried right clicking: nothing. ...
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How To Disable “System Program Error Detected”?

I have a ubuntu 14.04 installed. after sometime I used it, I try to move a window to a different workspace, but it ended up the cursor locks up and can only respond to keyboard entry. I forced to log ...
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Correct handling of application URIs from Unity Dash

At some point, Unity changed the Uri type it returned when a drag-n-drop operation occurred of applications from the Unity Dash to a Gtk window in an app I wrote. In 13.04 (Unity 7.0), the data call ...
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I need a netspeed indicator for Ubuntu 14.04

I have a 3G mobile broadband connection that keeps changing network speed according to location and time and so I relied heavily on this applet ...
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Trusty's first login keyboard cheat-sheet: Can I see it again?

After upgrade to 14.04 trusty I got a nice "cheat sheet" for unity keyboard shortcuts. I saw it briefly after login. Changing the display brightness on my laptop made it disappear already. Can I see ...
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Ubuntu Server 14.04 install Gnome Flashback without installing Unity?

Ive been experimenting in a QEMU/KVM VM, I want to install a normal installation of Ubuntu Server 14.04 and then install Gnome-Flashback on top of it so that I can possibly put this setup on my ...
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Disable a touch screen button on dell xps 11

I have installed ubuntu 14.04 on my dell xps 11 and it is all running well except there is a windows button (super) on the bottom of the touch screen. This is extremely sensitive and whenever I go ...