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Weird problem with GTK/WM

Today I started experiencing this weird bug in Ubuntu, possibly in GTK? where it seems like some theme aspect is bugging out or not loading correctly. Sadly I am not familiar with this part of the ...
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Unity is gone after installing fglrx, looking for help

So everything started from the point where i wanted to play a game on Ubuntu, since it was mentioned that ubuntu automatically supports my hardware i didn't bothered to install any drivers, but i ...
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how to reverse the effects of ` unity --replace`

I am recently running ubuntu 12.04. I run the following codes from terminal and they pretty much messed up my computer. I would like to know if there is a way to reverse my actions. I created a file, ...
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Problem with Icons on Dash and Launcher

I'm not really into GNOME. Unity works all right. The Problems are with the Dash Icons being irregular and with File manager. Many other icons have a similar problem. but the Openshot Icon is ...
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KMail tray icon broken ubuntu 14.04

I don't know if this is a bug, or just a matter of configuration. I am using Ubuntu 14.04 and I have installed KMail 4.13.3. I wish to put it in the system tray, but every time there is unread ...
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Change top bar in Gnome or get Gnome-like overview in Unity

I know this seems like kind of a "have my cake and eat it too"-case, but I was hoping that I could get a bit of both Unity and GNOME. Mostly I would prefer GNOME, because of it's Overview and the way ...
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how to launch gmail web app for unity

In 14.10, I clicked the button to install the gmail web application. How do I launch the application? There's no description available for version 14.10 which I could see -- yet there was a button ...
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Problems launching LightTable with gksudo in Unity Launcher

Following the instructions found in this question: How to launch application as root from Unity Launcher? I was able to launch LightTable from the Unity Launcher. Problems: 1) Once the program is ...
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Ubuntu Unity isn't working

I have a chromebook and I'm running chrome OS and Ubuntu unity, but Ubuntu isn't working. I can't get to Ubuntu using Ctrl+Alt+Right Arrow then Ctrl+Alt+Rrefresh. It just shows a black screen. ...
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Every click on a dropdown menu lets it crash

I have a problem with my dropdown menus in Ubuntu 14.10. Every time I click on a dropdown menu it won't open and the program crashes. This happens in the software-center, the system settings, just ...
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Updated Lubuntu 14.04 01/23/15, now panel and file system is messed up

I'm new to Linux and I don't have the first idea what factors aren't relevant, so I'll have to default to giving every detail. My apologizes in advance. Okay, so about a day ago I accidentally ...
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No icons in the top bar of the unity desktop

Following is the screenshot: There is no icons like networking or sound or time to the right of the top bar of the unity desktop. I'm using ubuntu 14.04 LTS. What's the matter? How to fix it? ...
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ubuntu 12.04 chrome shockwave crashing and not working on youtube, imgur or netflix

ubuntu 12.04 chrome shockwave crashing and not working on youtube, imgur or netflix. title says it all, trying to update everything, it ran both youtube and netflix 24 hours ago just fine and now ...
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Unity keybindings interfere with IntelliJ. Will switching to gnome desktop let me see all keybindings?

Several of the keybindings on Ubuntu 14.04 with Unity interfere with the keybindings in IntelliJ. I can see most of the Ubuntu / Unity keybindings with this script gsettings list-recursively ...
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VMWare WindowsHost + Ubuntu Core + Docker + Ubuntu Unity?

I am new to Docker, and until now I didn't need it in fact. Recently, I bought WindowsTablet, SurfacePro2, and I want to keep using WindowsOS for the hardware compatibility and optimization. ...
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Openbox and xfce4-power-manager

I am using Ubuntu and openbox. When I start up, I see the normal login screen like when using unity and it connects to Wifi. I have selected openbox from the dropdown list and it remembers this ...
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The google chrome notification bell!

I am very new to ubuntu and completely new here, I love ubuntu, I have both a windows desktop and a macbookpro and I still now prefer using my ubuntu laptop! But now that you know that I am a newbie, ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 can't login with GUI

Today I decided to update my ubunt. Bad decision. I had Ubuntu 12.04 LTS installed and I updated it to the newest 14.04. After the installation process was done, I rebooted and tried to login at the ...
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Desktop screen stops responding unless I switch to terminal screens

I seem to be running into a very strange issue that I cannot pin down or find the answer to, mainly because I can seem to describe the issue properly to search. Here are the symptoms. At some point ...
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Ubuntu not booting up after uninstalling Gnome desktop

I Have Ubuntu 14.10 installed on my machine. I installed Gnome desktop on top of that. But I didn't liked it so I uninstalled the Gnome desktop using the commands sudo ppa-purge ...
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error initializing license system unity3d wine(Ubuntu 14.04 64bit)

I followed all the steps of this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6YzEfHc81k But this problem still there
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HUD not displaying text when I type

After a recent update (not sure when) I have found that when I type text in HUD, it is not displayed. It still works as expected, but I can't see the text. The first screenshot shows HUD with no ...
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Unity settings cannot be changed. What happened and How to fix?

When I started using my computer after it went to sleep, all the icons on the Unity launcher were reset: now, I can't even lock or unlock them from my launcher, they just re-appear. I can't make the ...
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How do I change the Panel and menu bar to a specific color of my choosing?

I already know how to change themes but I'm quite fond of the Ambiance pack that I'm using. My problem is a slight annoyance, yet an annoyance nonetheless. I want to know how to change the Panel/Menu ...
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How to reduce CPU load when Video is minimized?

How can I tell VLC or Unity to stop rendering or drawing Video when the Window is minimized to reduce CPU load. Using VLC and Ubuntu 14.10 Watch Video Observe CPU load Minimize Video Observe CPU ...
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Parcellite does not start

When I install Parcellite 1.1.9-1 and run it does not show any menu icon on Ubuntu panel. But process of parcellite is existing. I can see it using ps -e|grep parce. How can I make it work?
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Blank Screen after reinstalling xserver-xorg-input-all

I followed the instructions of Keyboard and mouse unresponsive after suspend to solve an equal problem with my notebook, but now after rebooting it the screen is blank. It looks like unity is coming ...
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Merging window controls with top panel in Openbox (unity-like)

I really like how unity does this, and I miss this feature in #! my netbook runs on. So I'm looking for a way to tweak openbox so it will act similarly. Any clues?
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Menu bar becomes unresponsive

The behavior isn't consistently reproducible, but I've run into it several times: I open a new instance of some application (Terminal, Chrome, it doesn't seem to matter) and the interface hangs for ...
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Getting rid of Unity Boxes around items, is it possible?

I had two Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS 64-bit installations on two separate computers, namely Dell XPS L502X and Dell Latitude E5440. I installed similar GTK and icon themes on both of them, as a result on XPS ...
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No dash, no launcher in Ubuntu 14.10

I am presented with the same issue that the one described here: no dash and no launcher upon login. I am creating a new question though because the solution doesn't resolve the problem. Note that I ...
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Must hold keyboard button to type

I've researched this problem everywhere and only found that most solutions revolve around disabling "slow keys" (which i've already done). But this solution is usually given when all buttons on the ...
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Can I embed a script/program on my desktop?

I've seen many apps that have their "widgets" that show up on the desktop, so I want to ask this: Can I integrate a little piece of script (Ruby code) onto Unity so that it appears on my desktop? It ...
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Ubuntu 14.10 dash and other animations slow

I am using ubuntu 14.10 Utopic unicorn right now. Everything runs smoothly except Ubuntu Dash and animation in window spread and in opening and closing appps. I have disabled the animations in ...
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High load when using “Scale for menu and title bars” on Nvidia proprietary driver

I have a 3200x1800 screen and use the "Scale for menu and title bars" setting at 2.0 to make text and buttons large enough to use with my eyesight. It looks great and works. However, the load on the ...
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Graphical windows don't stack properly

After upgrading from 12.04 to 14.04 (which got interrupted in the middle of the upgrade, but I was able re-upgrade it so the entire system was installed) everything works fine, except graphical ...
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Black bar on right side of screen. Covers UI

I installed Ubuntu 14.04 on my PC. Well the other day we had a power outage and when I rebooted the computer I have a black vertical bar on the right side of my screen. It doesn't show up on guest ...
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Adding a dash to Tint2 taskbar

I'm customising my Ubuntu 14.04 install and one of the changes I'd like to make is adding a Windows-like taskbar, and for that I've chosen Tint2. I'd like to completely replace the Unity launcher ...
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How to configure an external HDD installation of Ubuntu to work with a different PC

I recently installed Ubuntu 14.04 on an external HDD that I am using with a Dell Laptop. I wanted to check, if I plug in the HDD to another PC (HP) will the set-up automatically detect and update ...
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cannot lock screen, create a new user or switch users in unity

I tried lubuntu-desktop once as an alternative desktop environment alongside unity and then removed it, however from then on I have to login twice and any new users created fail to login, the lock ...
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The “not-Uncommon problem for the Unity 3D users”; looking for a fix!

The Unity 3D desktop is not working, and because it's Ubuntu 12.04 that I'm using, I also had a default alternative Unity 2D (..heard that Unity 2D won't be there for newer releases!). I do have quite ...
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Install unity panel in ubuntu 14.10 having gnome 3

Ubuntu gnome take preety much space at the top because of which I get a very small space for coding. I want to know if there is any way to remove the default gnome panel and install unity panel ...
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How can I disable Ctrl+Alt+F4 in Ubuntu 14.04 permanently?

How can I disable Ctrl+Alt+F4? The instructions already given on the site don't work for Ubuntu 14.04 desktop Unity. The command xmodmap -pke | sed -n 's/ = .VT_4./ = /p' | xmodmap - which is ...
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Global menu in nautilus disappeared

After restart computer global menu in nautilus disappeared. Ubuntu 14.04
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Installing and activating themes on Ubuntu 14.04 64-bit Unity, how to do?

There are lots of cursor, icon, window and GTK themes on the web and I downloaded some of them, but I do not know how to figure out if they are compatible with Ubuntu 14.04.1 64-bit Unity? ...
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Ubuntu desktop launcher and top menu disappeared

I recently installed ubuntu-restricted-extras on my Ubuntu 14.04 (because i needed a codec) and after a reboot, the main menu (top menu with session options, time, networking etc) and the launcher ...
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Ubuntu 14.10 Lock Screen in Unity - won't let me type password

I have this annoying problem with Ubuntu 14.10 (Had the same problem with 14.04.) Perhaps once or twice a day when I wake my laptop from suspend it brings me to the login page. All seems okay apart ...
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My launcher and menu bar don't exist after finally getting 14.04 to boot on MacBook Pro 5 1?

Can anyone help me out, I am a total noob to Linux, but I am dedicated to learning !! Any point in the right direction would be much appreciated!! I have tried a few things that I found on thus site, ...
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Live USB 14.04 Dash works but other windows do not

I'm testing out Ubuntu on my son's new laptop in order to make sure it will work well enough for him. It's an HP Home Notebook PC that is AMD based and specifically has this graphics driver: AMD ...
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Why does launching an app in the background create 2 icons in the Dash?

For some applications, launching the app in the background using & creates two icons in the Dash. Why does this happen? How to suppress this behavior?