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Screen messed up when resumes from suspend

When ubuntu resumes from suspend the screen messed up!, I have installed correct drivers for the graphics card (nVidia geforce 6200 128mb agp) and updated to the latest. This also happens when ...
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Can a Gnome2 like interface be built upon the new Gnome3 code?

As far as I understand, both Unity and the new Gnome Shell are both running on new Gnome code base. There's some name confusion because talking about Gnome seems to refer to both the code underneath ...
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Is there any easy way in Unity to add shortcuts to the desktop?

In Gnome you can right click a menu item and add to desktop. Can't seem to find a just-as-simple alternative in Unity? Anyone know?
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How do I remove icons for other drives on the unity bar?

My HDD is split into multiple partitions. They each have an icon on the Unity bar. Is there a way to remove them from the bar?
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kubuntu-desktop took over everything

I installed kubuntu-desktop via software centre but now everything is messed up in unity. As if the theme was changed but it's still "Ambiance" (the default). It even affects LXDE. For example... ...
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What is the Ubuntu equivalent of the Windows Start Menu?

Is there an equivalent of the Windows "Start Menu" in Ubuntu from where all installed programs can be easily accessed?
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Window controls missing; Cannot maximise or minimize applications

Ubuntu 12.10 32 bits, fresh installation. How can I make Unity maximize or minimize a window? I see no button,option, anything, do I miss something big? Quick googling did not give me a piece of ...
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user config to limit application access

I want to Ubuntu 12.04 LTS in a work/office environment. The requirements are: As a Desktop/workstation. I need 1 admin user of type Administrator, with accessed to all apps, and the normal ability ...
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How do I customize the launcher animations?

When I get Skype messages I tend not to notice the launcher animation. The highlighted icon is then not enough to catch my attention once the animation is done. Although I agree with the default ...
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Is a brightness control widget available?

Is it possible to place a slider or some other GUI component on the desktop / Notification Panel on Ubuntu 12.04 to control the screen brightness? It's a little annoying to constantly have to go to ...
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How to configure programs to automatically reopen after a GUI reboot?

I am looking for a way that when I press CTRL+ALT+BACKSPACE (which reboots the GUI and sends me to the login screen) and I enter my desktop again all my programs can autostart. For example Firefox ...
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kget, Skype, and Vuze are not showing up in my panel

I have been having trouble with Unity. kGet, Skype and Vuze all give me the same problem. I can launch them once and after that if I close the Window I won't be able to get the application back. ...
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GDM session list borked

I must have done something especially stupid, but I observe the following behavior: When I start gdm, I see the "Warning: unable to load /etc/gdm/custom.conf: file not found" message. My GDM ...
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Can I change the icon size in dash? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to change icons size inside unity (e.g. on all programs panel) Has anyone found a way to resize the icons in the dash in Natty or Oneiric?
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Random “freezes” (only mouse cursor moves) [closed]

Okay. So I did a clean install of Natty yesterday. The problem is that it freezes randomly. I can still move my mouse, but not do anything. I can also go into the terminal, but doing a gdm restart ...
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How do I get DVD to play in VLC from unity dash launcher?

Once I put the DVD into DVD drive, it appears in the Unity dash/place. Clicking the icon opens nautilus. How do I make clicking the icon to open VLC player and start playing it ?.
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In 13.04 using Unity Tweak Tool hot corners stops working after reboot

I have 13.04 64 bit Ubuntu installed and I'm using Unity Tweak tool to enable hot corners everything works as it should as long as I don't reboot as soon as I do hotcorners stops working. In order to ...
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GMail not visible in Unity panel

I am trying to get GMail integration working with my brand new 12.10 installation. So far I have installed unity-mail and unity-webapps-gmail packages. I have also added two of my gmail account in ...
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Tweak that allows OSX-like stacks in Unity launcher

I know there is a way of doing it in Cairo dock (see this Q&A), but I love the Unity Launcher and would like to keep using that. I've spent so much time working with stacks before that starting to ...
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Application lens installend but missing in dash

I have a very strange problem: the "Applications" lens does not appear in unity dash. The unity-lens-application and unity-places-applications packages are installed, i tried also unity --reset but ...
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Is there a keyboard shortcut for the indicator area?

There is a bunch of functionality that is available in the Unity system tray (open/show pidgin, show amarok, turn on/off wireless, switch wireless network, etc). I want to get access to that ...
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Where can I find Icon sets for Unity?

I really dislike the default monochrome icons in Unity's global menu and in Thunderbird, but I haven't been able to find a source for alternative icons. Any tips?
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Wrong window focus behaviour in Unity, but not GNOME Shell

I just upgraded from 11.04 to 11.10, and I'm noticing a strange window behaviour that I can't seem to fix. Basically it seems like all windows have focus, as shown in this screenshot: It happens ...
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How to preview windows of a specific application in Unity?

I would like in Unity, to see a preview of the open windows of a specific application. Just like Linux DockbarX (or windows 7). Motivation example: When I have several windows open of the same ...
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In Unity, how to tell which window is the one I want when switching?

Say I have 5 different worksheets open in Calc, and I'm trying to switch between them. As far as I can tell, I have two options: use Alt-Tab to switch - by looking at zoomed out versions of the ...
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Can the Close / Minimize / Maximize buttons be pulled out of the Global App Menu when a window is maximized?

I've disabled the Unity Global AppMenu as it personally drives me batty - I've also moved my minimize / maximize buttons back to the right hand side of the windows where I like them. However, when I ...
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Can I set the scrolling speed when I mouse over the launcher?

Is there a setting to increase the scroll speed of the Unity Panel when using the Mouse. When in keyboard mode the launcher will scroll quickly, however with the mouse over event action scrolling ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 - No Unity in user account, but in guest account

Yesterday I switched back from Linux Mint to Ubuntu 14.04 and after installation I faced the following problem: When I login with my user account Unity isn't loading. I can see no desktop elements - ...
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Scale title bars and menu in Ubuntu 14.04 with Gnome

I've installed gnome in my new 14.04 (not the Ubuntu-Gnome distribution). I've noticed the title bars are huge though, and I would like to change. The things is that this solution from here is not ...
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How to create a Menu item for Eclipse in Ubuntu 13.10?

I upgraded Eclipse yesterday to version 4.3 and was faced with the missing menus bug. To get the menus back one has to start Eclipse in a different way, thus I tried to create a new item in the Main ...
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KDE theme appears in Unity, Cinnamon, and XFCE

I am running Ubuntu 12.10 with Unity, Cinnamon, XCFE, and KDE installed. Every time I run KDE, the KDE theme appears in all the applications when run on any of the other desktops. I'd really ...
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How to find the .desktop files for pinned applications in the Unity launcher?

I know the desktop files live in /usr/share/applications and ~/.local/share/applications. I'm looking for 2 information: Where can I see the desktop items that show in my launcher (I would love to ...
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How to delete all desktop environments except Unity?

I am using Ubuntu 12.04 with many desktop environments like Unity,Gnome,Lubuntu,Xubuntu , Cinnamon and many . Now i'd like to remove all except Ubuntu because they all are messing with my main unity ...
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Crippled Dash under Unity

I freshly installed Ubuntu 12.04 from a minimal install using command sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop --no-install-recommends I logged in only to find that the Dash is crippled. When Dash opens, ...
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How to add entries in quicklists

The Quicklists is an amazing feature of unity. But sometimes some options which I might want are not available in the quicklist. For the simplest example: In the Nautilus quicklist,suppose I need a ...
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How can I enable Multitouch features on My Desktop Touch Screen

I have a "Medion" Touchscreen (bought from Aldi). The display works perfectly, as do single touch inputs. However, despite the screen being multitouch capable, I can't get multitouch gestures to work. ...
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Zimbra desktop as default email and calendar application [closed]

I am reading and looking after this for some time without an answer. I would like to define Zimbra Desktop as my default e-mail and calendar and contact application in ubuntu 11.10, how can i do it? ...
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How can I force new windows to open in background & without focus?

I have Opera set as my default browser but it is the same for Firefox. When opening a link in Liferea, the link opens in an external browser and the browser gets focus. I would like to open the links ...
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Unity GUI pauses/freezes for less than a few seconds

I've just got my new Lenovo ThinkPad X220 with Intel HD graphics (I'm not sure what the chip is) and I've installed Natty. Everything works great out of the box, except there are short pauses/freezes ...
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Will it be possible to autohide indicators in some way in the future?

Currently I have way to many indicators/icons on my system tray. Is it possible that auto hide will be added in future Ubuntu versions?
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CCSM not saving any changes made

I'm making changes with ccsm to the unity plugin, mainly to disable a whole ton of useless keyboard shortcuts which just take fullscreen applications out of focus and cause other problems. The changes ...
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Resume upgrade to 13.10

I had 13.04 and started to upgrade to 13.10. But the computer hanged and I rebooted it. I did instructions from How do I resume a release upgrade/update? Now OS launches, but I upgrade is ...
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How to restore healthy Unity after incomplete update

I updated my Ubuntu and while it was restarting command line appeared and froze, then I forced shutdown PC and when Ubuntu booted again, I saw unity is corrupted. Launcher and menus disappeared but ...
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Recent update killed unity 3d launcher

I am scratching my head on this one, a lot of things are still new to me. I updated 126 packages just now through the update manager, and upon reboot everything works fine except the unity launcher. ...
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Sound broken after installing updates - no hardware present, but some programs play sound [closed]

My problem: sound has been working great for 2-3 months until 2 days ago, when I installed some recommended updates. After reboot I've got the following issues: cannot control master volume through ...
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Tragedy after login Unity from unity-greeter (lightdm) launched from processing unity [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Appearance does not change on switching the theme Prorouge :( Naughty Me haz launched unity-greeter (lightdm) on gnome-terminal with processing unity. I accidentally ...
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Change keybinding to show Unity Sidebar

I tend to use the Super key in my keybindings (e.g. move between workspaces, vim commands, etc.) and holding the super key shows the sidebar. It's really annoying especially if I'm on the maximised ...
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Unity doesn't start [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Unity doesn't load, no Launcher, no Dash appears I downloaded Ubuntu 11.04 onto a USB stick in order to run a live version from there. For some reason, Unity doesn't ...
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[Left Alt]+Tab doesn't work or How to change a Level3 Shift to a normal ALT?

I have a problem with my Ubuntu, running 14.04 LTS. The problem is that I'm trying to user Alt+F4 and Alt+Tab and it doesn't work, it only works with the Right Alt. I also tried to set a new ...
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What do I do about my busted GUI?

I have been trying to dial down Compiz's stranglehold on my memory, and not keeping very good notes. I think all I did was reduce the texture quality in OpenGL, per Roland Taylor's suggestion. But I ...