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14.04 Desktop background won't change anymore

Hey I am running Ubuntu 14.04 and just installed Webmin and configured a Samba share. After I reboot my system my desktop wallpaper had changed to a greenish gradient. Nothing happens when I right ...
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No launchpad, cannot modify menus etc

I apologize in advance if I sound like a newbie. I am actually a Linux user for quite a while but I use it only for basic needs - browsing and entertainment. After a fresh install of 14.04, I cannot ...
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Problem in Ctrl+Alt+Tab switching

I'm using Ubuntu 14.04 LTS in my Dell Laptop. when i do the key combination of Ctrl+ Alt +Tab and holds it, it shows two window switchers.One is the default window switcher in ubuntu and other is a ...
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Guildwars crashing as soon as it is started

I think I might be doing something wrong. I am new to linux. I am trying to run Guild Wars 2 on Ubuntu. Every time I try and run it with Wine my entire laptop crashes instantly. I have tried using the ...
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What are the relevant factors for full screen html5 video performance (Google Chrome beta)

I'm looking for the best performance of html5 video, running in Google Chrome Beta (open for other browser suggestions, but this seems to give the best performance now). I'm running this on Ubuntu ...
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How do I get unity to start? It won't start and i've rebooted chromebook twice now

chronos@localhost / $ sudo startunity Entering /mnt/stateful_partition/crouton/chroots/precise... X.Org X Server 1.15.1 Release Date: 2014-04-13 X Protocol Version 11, Revision 0 Build Operating ...
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Tray Icons missing after installing and uninstalling kubuntu-desktop

I installed kubuntu-desktop along side unity on lenovo yoga 2 pro but had to uninstall because it had issues with high dpi. But after I uninstalled , I see traces of kde here and there. One of those ...
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Could not apply the stored configuration for monitors

Could not apply the stored configuration for monitor: Error on line 1 char 1: Document must begin with an element (e.g.). http://i62.tinypic.com/jt5vkn.jpg I get this error on start-up. Whats ...
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Ubuntu on chromebook launch issue

I was launching Ubuntu on my Chromebook earlier and I got these messages: crosh> shell chronos@localhost / $ sudo startunity Entering /mnt/stateful_partition/crouton/chroots/precise... hwaudio ...
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system folder copied to my desktop created phantom folder

Testdisk supposedly salvaged 600,000 files into a folder called 'buck' which is also my username on that computer (14.04) as we well as on my current desktop (12.04). I used dropbox to copy the ...
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Menu Bar disappeared and can't open terminal in 14.04

After clicking a video on YouTube using Google chrome the menu bar and Unity launcher disappear in Ubuntu 14.04. Also cannot access the terminal via CTRL + ALT + T. Also I have tried the method from ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 is shut-down without prompting

after I installed wine on Ubuntu 14.04 , and installed some propriety software , my computer have been shut down automatically without ask me !! can anyone here help me please ?
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Getting the launcher to display on the console

I've been battling with this for a while now, re-installing gnome, lightdm, unity defaults and so on. The symptoms are: Reboot Log in to console Blank screen - no menu items on side-bar Right-click ...
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How to start all apps minimised on login?

When I login in to Unity I'd like all apps that automatically start to be minimised. Is this possible? If so how?
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Always minimize to the dock (Plank)

Edit: after a bit more testing, it seems that it's mostly random, but dependent on where it was started. When I click on application shortcuts on a dock to open them, and then click again after ...
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unity --replace Async Shell - Update Icon of Running Application

So I figured out how to update the icon of a running application. After doing the change the icon doesn't apply right away. I then launch terminal and then run unity --replace, running this flashes ...
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Ubuntu 14.10 system program problem detected after login and no desktop

I messed up with lightdm by CTRL+ALT +F1 and stopping it. Then tried to return by pressing CTRL+ALT +F7 switched to black screen. Then I tried everyting I saw on the web like reinstalling gdm, ...
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Unable to restore Unity after Compiz disable, can't open terminal

I've been looking through the forums and there are many similar problems but mine is a little different. I used Compiz and accidentally disabled Unity when I turned on Window Decoration. I found many ...
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Bash cursor graphical bug in ubuntu 14.10

For the past few weeks (I'm not exactly sure on the timeframe, but I think it coincides with me upgrading to Ubuntu 14.10) I've had an issue with my terminal where, while typing, the white cursor ...
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Make the Unity GUI always look like it does when the dash is open

Is there a way to make the Unity GUI always look like it does when the dash is open without always having the dash open? I like the way it tints the panel and blurs out things behind it, but all that ...
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Unity is gone! And cannot get it back

Hello I have had a couple questions regarding my laptop and ubuntu. I managed to get the laptop working but now I think unity is gone (assuming that is what it's called) My question is different from ...
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Ubuntu 14.10 update = ugggg, no unity

I bought all new hardware after a processor fail. Got more than what was needed for typical life sciences stuff. Intel i7 quad 4GHz, Nvidia 970, 16GB RAM, SSD (because the Google Android dev takes so ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 font settings

I upgraded from Ubuntu 12.04 to Ubuntu 14.04, and the fonts in terminal is changed as follows: The s is mixed with the @, and when I use the unity-tweak-tool, it shows: How could I do correct ...
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Unhandled Lockdown error (-256)

Ubuntu 14.04.02 LTS up to data packages while writing these. Looks like paired when type iidevicepair list but get this error message when click on the nautilius to iPhone. From Cannot mount ...
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Hardware problem with unity script. Ubuntu installed on VirtualBox

I have Ubuntu installed on my VitualBox. I don't know what the problem is but sometimes when I boot Ubuntu, it says you don't have the specific hardware for running Unity, and changes the UI to a ...
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Ubuntu Desktop fonts are changing

Sometimes when I login fonts are like as you see in time: After logging out and come back they are in correct form. Here is correct form of it: Any ideas what causes this?
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Ubuntu search button not responsive

When I click on the search button on my unity bar (the button with the ubuntu logo to open up search) it doest do anything, and I've tried resetting it with unity --reset and that didn't help. Anyone ...
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sudo startunity problems

when I open terminal in chrome to go back to Ubuntu i see this: crosh> shell chronos@localhost / $ sudo startunity Entering /usr/local/chroots/precise... /etc/X11/xinit/xserverrc: 19: exec: ...
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Log on Gnome desktop moniter black screen

Today I installed Ubuntu 14.04.02,but when I login at my system via Gnome my monitor goes black. When I try to log on via Unity the desktop works fine. Specs:Dell 9020 How can I fix that problem?
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Ubuntu stuck after login, supposedly due to OpenGL issues

I've upgraded from Ubuntu 11.10 to 14.04 about half a year ago, and so during my usage the system boot experience has been getting worse and worse: there were no problems with the initial startup, but ...
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hardware audio keys wont work in unity, but they do in openbox

When I use the volume keys on my laptop the volume does not change on the default desktop environment. However, after I installed openbox, suddenly my volume keys worked! How can I fix my audio keys ...
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Go back to Unity 7 from Unity 8

Despite the warnings which stated that Unity 8 is still unstable I wanted to give it a try. I installed it through bash, logged out and while logging in I've changed envirnoment to Unity 8. Now I ...
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My Unity Launcher has changed, has yours?

In the last week or two application icons in the Unity Launcher which have a 'badge' Thunderbird for unread mail, Chromium for downloads etc. have changed. Previously the number would be in a lozenge ...
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How do I change the Outline and Fill color of the drag and select feature on the Desktop that lets you select a group of icons?

I remember there was a program or something that allowed me to select what I wanted the colors to be. However, I can't seem to remember what it was, I know it was any Unity, Gnome, or Ubuntu tweak.
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Ubuntu 14.04.2 is acting really glitchy and frequently has severe lags and has graphical bugs

Programs will dim and not respond after a while. Opening programs make the screen bug out. Is there a way to fix this without having to reinstall from USB/CD.
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Blank screen with pointer after boot high CPU usage

I have latest Ubuntu installed, most the time it's headless server I access using ssh. I've decided to make some use with X using VNC. Trying to set it up I've messed something up. Using combinations ...
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Administrator account not working properly

The dash home doesn't show applications, but works well with files and folders. It all works well in the guest account. the trouble is only in the Administrator account. Similarly, Libreoffice also ...
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What to do when Ubuntu crashes upon opening new session?

Trying to install Gnome D/E, and when I log out of Unity in Ubuntu 14.10 and try to log back in, all I see is my desktop background, and nothing else comes up, until the computer reboots. I have ...
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U 14.04.1 won't load Unity either Terminal or anything at all but the Desktop Background

The problem occurred after installing some updates. The reason for this action was because I wasn't able to install most of the packages I tried to using apt-get and there was suggestion that this ...
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ATI R9 2xx's: Dual-monitors on seperate cards

I can not seem to get my second monitor recognized/running in ubuntu 14.04.02, the light is yellow and the screen off. I have tried the basics by going into the display settings but all it shows is my ...
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Scale for menus and title bars behavior

I have Asus Zenbbok with display resolution 2560 x 1440. I use scale for menus and title bars feature of Unity and I figured that 1.75 scale factor is optimal for me. But there is one problem, on ...
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menu in the top bar?

I would like to put a classical style menu in the top bar in Unity as Iḿ used to in MATE. Is there a way to easily do this? Would it cause any problems?? I saw it on screenshots, and it looks ...
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Problem running xsnow

I have installed xsnow with the command: sudo apt-get install xsnow But when typing into Terminal the following: xsnow All I get is this: Xsnow-1.42resizeable, December 14th 2001 by Rick ...
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compiz skydome and 3D windows

when I either enable skydome or 3D windows, my desktop becomes a mess when I rotate the cube, and the skydome picture is not shown. With skydome and 3D windows disabled, the cube can rotate well with ...
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How to reinstall unity

I accidentally seem to have removed compiz and unity with by typing sudo apt-get install -f here is the output: The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required: ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 no sidebard displaying after login

I have tried to log in to ubuntu 14.04 and the sidebar does not display. All I see is the desktop. I tried to log into a tty session by typing ctrl+alt+F1 but it just says initialization failed. Have ...
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How can I make Xephyr fullscreen and sticky?

I'm trying to create a multiseat configuration on Ubuntu 14.04 where Xephyr runs as an application on a standard multiscreen display. I've got everything setup so that the standard X server ignores ...
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My install of 14.04 on Dell xps L501x in VMare not working correctly

I installed 14.04 on Dell xps L501x in VMware. The launch bar is not visible, icons sometimes appear but are garbled, links work. How do I get launcher to appear? Also when I use VMware full screen ...
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Window fullscreen mode in unity. Problem with steam games in windowed mode

I don't understand how fullscreen window mode (that hides system top bar) works in unity (14.10). Some apps (firefox, terminal, chrome) use F11 shortcut to go fullscreen and it works perfectly. But it ...
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VLC starts automatically but no visual elements

So, I got a good surprise today. I was playing VLC and I hide the GUI but I still had the indicator on top pannel while it was playing. So far everything is fine. Then I logout from my session without ...