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unity launcher and top menu bar missing

I am using ubuntu 12.04 dual booted along with windows 7. Things were going smooth till now, but with the latest UPDATE, the unity launcher and the top menu bar are missing. Except terminal no ...
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Virtualbox upgrade broke ubuntu

Forgive me, but I didn't document this problem and I can't really reproduce it since my computer isn't really working right now I recently tried to upgrade virtualbox on ubuntu from 4.3 to 5.0. ...
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No dash, menu appears in black, compiz bugged on 15.04

Recently I upgraded form 14.04 to 15.04 and my desktop came with some bugs. I can't see the window's buttons, the drop downs menus appear in black and my file manager or terminal can't be seen. I am ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 unable to wake back from suspension

Okay, bear with me for a second So yesterday my battery tray icon had stopped showing up, which is kind of important to me, also I received no warning whatsoever when the battery was low, so my ...
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Lightdm not working properly in Ubuntu 14.04.3

Recently I installed ubuntu-gnome desktop and then purged the same after trying and I have chosen my default desktop manager as lightdm and there is nothing like gdm as I have purged it also.The ...
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How to change background color in Gnome Tweak Tool?

I developing my own mod for Zukimac theme and when I change .background { color: @theme_fg_color; background-color: @theme_bg_color; /*#d4d4d4*/ } to .background { color: ...
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Eclipse tooltip disapearing too fast

My eclipse tooltip is disappearing too fast and I literally have to be as fast on the trigger as when I'm playing cs go to do an import. I'm not sure if the problem arose when I installed a new theme ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 Hot Corners not working after reboot

I have installed the unity tweak tool for ubuntu 14.04 and I am using the hot corners feature. However, after I restart the computer, hot corners are not working and i have to turn them off and on ...
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How to create custom tips overlay, like the Keyboard Shortcuts one?

Does anybody know of an app or a way to create custom "Keyboard Tips" overlays like you get when holding the 'Super' key? I'd like to create one for things like vi shortcuts, etc.
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Custom XSession script fails

I made a custom Xsession script in ~/.xinitrc using the following tutorial and here is my .xinitrc file : #!/usr/env bash mate-panel & plank & exec gala I have also made a lightDM launcher ...
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Ubuntu shortcut quick list equivalent (super key) for Gnome shell?

The quicklist/help screen for hotkeys that pops up in ubuntu unity when holding down the superkey is a nify feature. Is there a equivalent quicklist in Gnome shell?
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Moving cursor automaticly to active button

Is there any way to move cursor automaticly top of the active ok/yes button that i dont need more than click it by myself? Microsoft Windows has having this feature for ages now. It really helps if ...
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Tried to open up a bash incorrectly, now UI is broken

I tried to open a .sh file created by Ren'Py with the "Run software" option on Ubuntu 15.04. Yeah, stupid I know. But when I did, the screen went weird and then all the UI elements were just gone. The ...
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Ubuntu 15.10 unable shutdown via system menu

I've recently upgraded from 14.04 and hit this same problem Clicking both "Restart..." and "Shut Down..." only shows "Log Out" and "Lock" options.. so for now I'm using poweroff from the cli. Is ...
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Desktop background and icons messup

Using the latest Ubuntu Wiley Werewolf with linux mint cinnamon menu (hey im not up to speed on terms here bear with me!) Anyways usually when the system update comes on or if i use wine and ...
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How to run a script after user login, but before desktop loads?

I have a script that mounts an encrypted partition with a key that is available only after successful user logon (on his home's ecrypt-fs). The script gets called asynchronously by upstart job on ...
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Setting the Unity launcher panel background color to black makes Dash opaque

I dislike the default Unity launcher panel background colour (it looks quite ugly with my wallpaper) and prefer to change it to black and 100% transparent. In this case, however, Dash becomes 100% ...
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File / Edit /View / etc in GNOME

In Unity, each window has a set of tools accessed thru drop-down menus. The headings are File, Edit, View, etc. They can be displayed either at the top of the window or in the global top panel. In ...
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Rainbow Unity Colors?

Silly question here, but would it be possible to have a script that runs in the background, and automatically changes the colors of the Unity DE so it cycles through a rainbow? By the Unity DE ...
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Strange blur effect after upgrading to Werewolf

After I upgraded my laptop to werewolf, there's a strange blur effect on the desktop. Suddenly, but gradually, the screen will begin to blur. It's not a screensaver, it can happen in the middle of ...
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Ubuntu 15.04 login loop in fresh install

I tried to install Ubuntu 15.04 and realized, that I stuck in login loop - compiz won't start. Install is fresh, I have this problem even if I try Ubuntu in live USB. I think it has something with ...
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Unable to log in after trying to upgrade to ubuntu 14.04

Here is the scenario: I tried to upgrade my ubuntu 12.04 system to 14.04, the upgrade failed because of some PPAs, so I removed the PPAs and did apt-get update && upgradeand after around an ...
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Keyboard capture issue

I've been a long time Fedora user, but while waiting for Fedora 23 to sort out its bugs, I'm using Ubuntu 15.10. Now, as expected is everything working just fine. Except my keyboard seems to not ...
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Operate/Run/Open .WAD file for game

I have the HotlineMiami.tar.gz file that I downloaded from the Humble Bundle website, but I have no idea how to actually play the game. It is extracted, and i can see all the files and guts (including ...
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Ubuntu is terribly slow at logging in and initializing the greeter

I installed ubuntu and it takes a long time until I'm able to type my password; the login-screen/greeter takes a high amount of time to let me type in something. The thing I see before is the greeter ...
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Both Unity and Gnome Shell of VMWare results in login loop

I have installd Ubuntu 14.04 on VMWare Player 12 on a Win7 host, When I login to Unity or Gnome Shell, it just goes back to the login screen, I tried deleting the .Xauthority but that doesn't help. ...
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How to fix warning failed to connect to lvmetad?

How to fix the error warning failed to connect to lvmetad falling back to internal scanning boot grub2 gui bootloader boot-repair My computer recently give me an error right after I installed gnome It ...
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How can I turn off the screen saver?

I want my physical monitor to turn off (standby mode) after some minutes. I do not want to run any fancy idle graphics on the display - just show my apps or desktop, then simply turn OFF. Just off. ...
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Zeitgeist + Unity dash file search not working

I could get search to work by running zeitgeist-daemon or zeitgeist-daemon --no-datahub But this only works temporary. When the terminal is closed or the process dies the problem reappears. Every ...
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Mouse focus on wrong window - affects multiple versions

After several clean installs of 15.10 and 14.04 I am stuck on a very annoying problem rendering my system basically unusable. After opening a few windows, my mouse "loses focus", i.e. clicks will be ...
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I can't see network manager icon on top bar after install gnome

I can't see network manager icon on the Gnome and Unity top bar after install gnome package on ubuntu 15.10?
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Zoom single windows

I know how to zoom the entire screen using CompizConfig Settings Manager (ccsm) and its Enhanced Zoom Desktop plug-in. (from here) But what if I want to just zoom a single window? This could maybe ...
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Ubuntu opens multiple workspaces by default

For some reason my Ubuntu 14.04 is opening multiple workspaces, like shown in the screenshot below: How do I disable this behavior? I checked the behavior tab in Appearance settings and the enable ...
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I have Ubuntu 15.04 (Unity) and I want to use Wayland instead of X. Is that possible and how?

I have Ubuntu 15.04 (Unity) installed, my GPU is Nvidia 980M GTX. I have successfully installed Weston (using this guide: ...
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Compiz: how to change alt-tab behavior to use the static application switcher (no window grouping)

I can't get used to the default Ubuntu alt-tab behavior (window grouping, etc), so every time I setup my desktop (ie after a reinstall or on a new machine) I end up googling for ways to revert to a ...
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about installation of mcafee anti virus in ubuntu

after downloading from MCAFEE site, we are supposed to double click MAVLDM file to downlad & install antivirus. But in my PC, nothing hapgpening after double click. Please suggest.
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APCI Probe Failed after an unexpected shutdown while upgrading from Ubuntu 15.04 to 15.10?

An unexpected power off occurred during update from Ubuntu 15.04 to 15.10 When I restarted the computer won't boot in GUI mode, but directly into tty1 I'm able to use the command line from there, but ...
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No function icons in the left after installing Ubuntu15.10 32bits on my workstation 10

I tried to install Ubuntu 15.10 with my workstation 10. It did not pop anything error or warning while installing the system. But after I logged in the desk top, I could only see desktop without any ...
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Custom layout setting on login

I have created a custom layout which I have in ~/.xkb and ~/.xkb_keymap and would like it to be used when I log in. Previously, when not using Unity, I just had xkbcomp -I$HOME/.xkb ~/.xkb_keymap ...
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Eclipse icon in Unity launcher

I downloaded the eclipse, when you run it, it opens normally, so I fixed it on the Unity bar, when I close it and open by clicking the launcher icon, the icon it is as it is in the picture. Does ...
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I want all my application to open with specific Width and height

i want all my ubuntu desktop apps to open with particular width and height for example whenever i open my terminal i have set it to open at at the centre of my screen this is the setting i addded to ...
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Installing smart card drivers from .tar file. Running chroot unity/precise (14.04) on chromebook

I have a problem with installing smart card drivers on chroot ubuntu 14.04. I am runnin asus chromebook. At first I used developer mode to install linux which I access with : sudo startunity I ...
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desktop background solid color leads to exactly same color for desktop selection making it invisible

ok this is really irritating and has been the case in ubuntu 14.04 i spent many hours trying to find a soln in the summer and couldnt, i was hoping it would get fixed automatically but here we are in ...
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How to change the location of window tools

How to change default location for window tools( File, Edit, View, etc...) in top of screen (like OSX)? I want the window tools following the window, like MS Windows.
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Theme not applied if I log in too quickly

My theme, and also my icon theme don't get applied unless I wait for a few seconds at the login screen before logging in. When the login screen appears, if I wait for about three seconds, the screen ...
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Why is not plugin-container focused after leaving fullscreen and then going back

I have been using script which inspected focused window and if it was in fullscreen state the script disabled screensaver. But lately the script stopped working correctly while watching flash videos ...
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Can I make Synapse see all my files?

I use Synapse, which is a very convenient program and file launcher. Unfortunately, it seems to only be able to find a portion of my files -- perhaps my most recently used files. I'd really like it ...
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Bug Ubuntu 15.10 - mouse does not work properly, I can't do anything

The funny thing is that I solve the problem but when you reboot it comes back. I solve write: $ dconf reset -f /org/ compiz $ setsid unity # unity --reset-icons Then everything works properly but ...
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ubuntu 14.04 without ibus

I installed ubuntu 14.04 (Unity) and now I want to set up keyboard as much as I used to. So, I remove ibus, because its settings make me upset, and now I am trying to configure keyboard manually. In ...
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Ubuntu: Nothing Shows After Login

Whenever I log into Ubuntu, it just shows the default wallpaper and the Ubuntu 15.04 watermark. There is only a mouse that I can move. I can't do anything, however, I can use the TTY to log into ...