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lock screen takes time to show

When I leave my desktop I lock it by pressing Ctrl+Alt+L. When I Use Windows or Gnome-shell the lockscreen shows instantaneously and I can leave my desk. When I use Unity it takes a few seconds until ...
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How do I use unity scopes/lenses?

Let's be specific with a few scenarios. Scenario 1) Disable a lens PERMANENTLY I search for a file on my computer in unity. Instead a bunch of ads for CDs come up. Obviously that makes no sense. How ...
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Mounted devices not showing up on launcher in ubuntu 14.04. How to enable it?

I am using Ubuntu 14.04 on my HP Pavillion Desktop. Till a few minutes back, the devices, pendrives, external hard disks would show up on mounting them and plugging them in respectively. Suddenly, I ...
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Unity launcher reveal pressure

is it possible to desactivate Unity launcher reveal pressure on Ubuntu 14.10. Even if I set up the reveal pressure at 0, it is still not sensitive enough and I must try several time with the mouse ...
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Unity lens - what is 'locked-scopes'

Pulling up the .dconf editor GUI, under unity/lenses, there is the 'locked-scopes' field. What does it do?
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14.04 Desktop Unresponsive When Applications Minimized

Ive read quite a few very similar issues on here as what follows, though none match the exact symptoms Im experiencing. After a recent update, Ive noticed that when I minimize all my application ...
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Sometimes custom hotkey does not work

Sometimes after a while custom hotkey does not work and I should logout and log in. Is there any other way to fix it? Why this problem happened?
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Unity gets resetted after crash/notebook loses power

If my notebook loses its power my unity desktop gets resetted to its default. I assume this would also happen if my notebook crashed but so far it never did. This regards only the desktop, the rest of ...
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Just installed some updates for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on Vmware, now desktop won't show

I just installed some normal updates through the auto-updater - I've never had a problem doing this. After restarting my virtual machine (using vmware player), the desktop no longer shows. When I ...
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Remove Ubuntu Studio Desktop Package from Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

I am completely new to Ubuntu. Just upgraded from 12.04 LTS to 14.04 LTS. And, I installed ubuntustudio desktop package (it looked cool in screenshots). Now I want to uninstall it completely. Could ...
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How do i get windows' view like on Fedora, where pressing super key? [duplicate]

When I use Fedora if I press the super key I get the view of all the applications i'm using, and it's very comfortable, is there a way of having this on Ubuntu? Thanks.
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System displaying “E” as “H” (?) from different font (?)

This is weird - and it just turned up yesterday. I'm on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, and fairly vanilla. As of yesterday, the system wants to display the character E as H. Here are two examples. First, the ...
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How to resolve my “loading icons” in compizconfig while loading Ubuntu 14.04 on Virtualbox?

I'm running through the post about unity-doesnt-load-no-launcher-no-dash-appears to get my 14.04.1 loaded on VirtualBox. I've gotten to the step where I run ccsm, but it hangs at "Loading Icons...", ...
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ubuntu grinds to halt

Oftentimes, my new laptop (Yoga 2 Pro with 256GB SSD with >30GB free, Quadcore i7 processor, 8GB ram) grinds to a halt, to the point where it does not even respond to ctrl-alt-t for a terminal (to ...
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14.04: When changing the default desktop environment to to Gnome Flashback Compiz, and reboot I get a 'The system is running in low-graphics mode"

Following this tutorial, I managed to change the environment from "unity-greeter" to "gnome-fallback-compiz" and then I rebooted and I got this: Yeah, and all the options are pretty much useless to ...
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unity chrome windows “unresponsive” greyed out and can't move

Periodically (a few times a week, sometimes a few times a day) my entire set of chrome windows gets greyed out. (Not just multiple tabs, but all separate windows on all workspaces including chrome ...
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Reopening windows minimized with Super+D

I've noticed this a while ago and I have no idea what to do to fix it or even if this behaviour is expected. Lets say I have 3 gedit windows open. Then I keep working on the terminal, firefox etc. ...
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Icon spacing/padding on unity launcher

As you can see from the picture, I removed the background light from the icons in the launcher. But now, it looks like there is too much space between the icons and the icons look small. Is there a ...
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Prevent unity-settings-daemon from restarting in Ubuntu 14.04?

I'm trying to restart unity-settings-daemon with the --debug flag. I couldn't find any information on unity-settings-daemon. I tried the process listed for 11.10 here: How do I kill ...
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Nautilus not showing window buttons anymore?

So look at this. That is basically my problem. The file operations bar has it's top left buttons, nautilus no longer has them, I have NO idea why. Here's hoping one of you cool cats knows why. Thanks! ...
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After installing compizconfig-settings manager settings no longer work

Heres my issue, i work with ubuntu and set up a very effective keyboard shortcut system that, after i had to install compizconfig-settings manager stopped working. In dconf the keybinds are still ...
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gnome-screenshot problem with color depth 8, any change to generate screenshots 32 color depth?

$ gnome-screenshot -f test.png $ identify test.png test.png PNG 1920x1080 1920x1080+0+0 8-bit DirectClass 275KB 0.000u 0:00.000 $ xwininfo -root | grep Depth Depth: 24 It generates 8-bit images, ...
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Restore original LightDM Greeter preinstalled with Ubuntu 14.10

When I login to ubuntu, I get a menu in the top right corner to load Ubuntu environment. This means that the lightdm greeter is corrupt. I tried to locate the lightdm.conf but I can't find it and ...
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Trying to recover data from Access-Your-Private-Data.desktop - can't get into Unity

I have 3.5 year old Lenovo Thinkpad w/ an i5 running Windows 7 and previously Ubuntu 10.04, each on it's own 50/50 partition of a 500GB HDD. I rarely use this laptop because the battery is pretty much ...
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Ubuntu 14.10 Unity themes? Are there any? [duplicate]

If so, which is/are the best site(s) to get them? // I already found this article. Any other suggestion?
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I uninstalled unity and my desktop went away, then reinstalled it and now sidebar and the top menu bar is missing

I'm running Ubuntu 14.04 'Trusty Tahr' So after losing the sidebar and the menu bar I went to tty, reinstalled unity by using: sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop sudo apt-get install ...
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Input lag in terminal specific to the last character

The problem: Typing appears smooth and lag free when typing quickly, but taking a closer look, it seems as though a character is only displayed once either (1) the next character is typed or (2) a ...
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Black screen with fglrx-updates (14.10)

The way was long and painfull until here, but... You will see The story: I wanted to upgrade my Laptop from Ubuntu 14.04 to 14.10. After applying the update I remembered the situation I was in: I had ...
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How can I make my mouse middle click act like the space bar?

I want to (temporarily) make it so that clicking the middle mouse button of my 3-button mouse act like the spacebar on the keyboard. Is there anyway to do this easily? I would only do it for using ...
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How to keep search value in unity dashboard during changing lenses?

If I go to the unity dashboard and search for something, the search value is not available on other lenses.
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Black screen with Unity launcher and dash after startup

I see this after doing sudo shutdown -r previously. Looks like compiz/unity is broken for some reason. I also tried to rm -rf ~/.cache ~/.config and reinstalled unity, didn't take any effect. By ...
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Text Rendering Problem in Ubuntu and all derivatives [closed]

i have an issue with text rendering in ubuntu 14.04.1, 14.10 and all its derivatives... here is picture of my issue: It happens in all Desktop Environments. I'm using AMD R9 270X with open source ...
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Is it possible to create an Ubuntu 14.04 distro even though remastersys is gone?

Im trying to create my own Ubuntu distribution Im using remastersys to create backups of my system just incase it crashes which has been helpful. Now I'm done building it and I click the button that ...
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Hotcorners keep being disabled

It bugs me a lot that one of the best features of unity; hotcorners, are disabled by default. I use Unity Tweak Tool to activate hotcorners, with the upper left corner activating the workspace ...
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Drag/drop and right-click not working on Surface Pro 3 touch screen

I have a Surface Pro 3 on which I've recently installed Ubuntu 14.04 (dual-booting with Windows 8.1), running Cinnamon. The touchscreen mostly works great, except for two things: 1) clicking and ...
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How to get UNITY native notification for gogle chrome?

I have tried the below link Activate Chrome native notifications But there is no such files and folders in above said answers when I installed the google Chrome recently to version 38 How can I get ...
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Change content of list in app indicator made using cappind

I made a simple indicator using cappind script which is based on zenity - Webupd8 article Capind page I want to change the text of the list according to some condition.. Like, if the contents are - ...
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Ubuntu Live: Disable Keyboard Shortcut Overlay on first boot

I am working on an Ubuntu 14.04 Live system. On every boot it displays the same "Keyboard Shortcuts" overlay that is shown when you press the Super key for two seconds. This is a nice feature for ...
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2nd Monitor not displaying anything with Multiple X Screens

Specs: Unity Nvidia Quadro K2200 - 340.46 Drivers Multi-Monitor: ASUS P287Q (4K main, DP 1.2) and Generic Lenovo Thinkvision 1600x1200 monitor (DVI) Since I have different DPIs on both screens, I ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 freeze on Lenovo thinkpad x230, Samsung SSD 840EVO

I recently installed an mSATA disk (Samsung SSD 840EVO) on my Thinkpad x230 and then installed Ubuntu 14.04. It seemed to work fine but then froze completely after showing a system error message. ...
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Turn the webpage's parallax background into a wallpaper? [closed]

http://terraria.org/about Is it possible? I think it would loom really cool, but I have absolutely no clue how to go about it.
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Disable the Keyboard Shortcuts overlay

I am automatically provisioning many fresh Ubuntu 14.04 installs and would like to know how to disable the Keyboard Shortcuts overlay from the command line?
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black and white vertical lines in ubuntu 14.04

I have just installed Ubuntu 14.04 64bit yesterday in my PC. But today, desktop turned into striped lines many times and I had nothing to do except pressing the power button on CPU. Don't know why ...
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How to recover Ubuntu from bad Gnome remove?

Recently installed gnome-shell over Ubuntu, but it wasn't really as I rembered it so tried to go back. Followed a set of recommended steps here on AskUbuntu, mainly from this and followed the last ...
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compizconfig-settings-manager: command not found

When I start compizconfig-settings-manager, I get the message command not found, but apt-get says that it is installed. Searching for the reason, I found that compizconfig-settings-manager was ...
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Screens keep freezing since update to 14.04 [closed]

Ever since I updated to Ubuntu 14.04, a lot of software doesn't work. Either when I start it, they already crash, not showing the screen and just giving me a little arrow in the Unity taskbar. I can ...
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How to install desktop environments such as kubuntu and gnome safely

Help! Last time I tried to install desktop environments I broke Unity! I want some variety, but I am too scared! I don't want to reinstall ubuntu again! Please help! I want to install extra ...
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Virtualbox 3D acceleration doesn't work with Ubuntu 12.04

I'm running 64 bit Ubuntu 12.04 as Virtualbox guest, host is Windows 7 64 bit. Ubuntu works slowly if I disable 3D acceleration in Virtualbox and painfully slowly if I enable it. I have followed ...
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Ubuntu doesn't support Seamless Mode in VirtualBox

Partially related to this question... I have Ubuntu 14.04 in a VM running on my Windows host. When I enter seamless mode, nothing happens at all. Nothing Ubuntu is on my screen. How do I properly use ...
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Video glitch, dashed horizontal lines, on Intel graphics

Can someone account for the dashed horizontal lines in my window screenshot below? Are these details sufficient? I run Ubuntu 14.04.1. The video on this ThinkPad T530 is Intel i915 (OpenGL renderer ...