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how to restore default graphic driver configuration

I am running ubuntu 14 on a mac machine. recently I notice compiz was too slow, so I changed from default generic driver to propietary. after that, I got a blank screen. I am able to enter recovery ...
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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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Enable fan control on ubuntu gnome and macbook pro

I come here after spending 3 good hours trying to make fan control work on a macbook pro and ubuntu gnome. Some time before, I installed ubuntu unity on this same computer and fan control began ...
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How i get graphics of start menu back?

Due to some reasons I lost graphics of start menu. It's background color which was transparent becomes black as shown in image. [ It happens after the gnome desktop package using sudo apt-get ...
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Install ubuntu-desktop dependencies problem

I have added this repository ppa:gurqn/systray-trusty to my Ubuntu 14.04. After this I performed an apt-get update and apt-get upgrade. But soon after I decided to remove installed packages from ...
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how to populate shortcuts in “load file” dialog?

Whenever an application is to open a file, I get an common open file dialog. This dialog has root, and my home folder in the left pane. I can access everything, but it would be nice to have ...
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installing Dash in Ubuntu-MATE

How can I install Unity components like DASH in Ubuntu-MATE desktop environment? I've tried searching the Web for this but didn't find any solution whether it is possible to install DASH package ...
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Force a window to be displayed on every workspace

I like to have VLC media player running in the top corner of the screen while I am working. I have already configured it to always be 'on top'. Now I am trying to figure out how to have it ...
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lightdm crash back to login Ubuntu 15.10

I tried the solution posted in Ubuntu 15.10 random lightdm crash but when I got to the step of reinstalling lightdm* a couple errors came up (I didn't write down what they were). Now I'm stuck in ...
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How do I create an application launcher without coding?

I want to create a launcher for an application that I just installed but whatever I searched was about creating a file with .desktop extension, but I need another way to make this without any coding ...
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xdotool, open and close Unity Dash on startup

on Ubuntu 14.04 the first Unity Dash search is much slower than the following searches. With xdotool I'm trying to open and then close the Unity Dash user interface on Ubuntu start-up. ...
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Problem with Unity after install Chrome Remote Desktop

Recently I have installed Chrome Remote Desktop utility, but I don't know if I have configured well the chrome.desktop file. When ubuntu starts, unity panel and top bar doesn't appears, and I need to ...
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How can I make File Manager's Unity icon open the already opened window?

The below animation demonstrates the problem. Clicking File Manager's Unity icon opens a new window instead of the already opened window. This is different with any other application where clicking ...
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How to launch application as root from Unity Launcher?

Mainly I am looking for a way to pin an application to the Unity launch bar, and run it as root. Currently, even if I start the application with sudo, and pin it after it starts, it will start as ...
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Ubuntu 15.10 | Unity Freezes After Escaping Full-Screen Video

Since clean installing Ubuntu 15.10, Ubuntu occasionally freezes when I press ESC while watching full-screen videos and has frozen once when I was editing a video in Openshot recently. During most of ...
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Unity keeps crashing back into login screen

Every now and then my desktop freezes and after a few seconds i will see the login screen again. My system is only hours old, and did no bigger changes to the UI. There is no real trigger, seems to be ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 > Replace unity-settings-daemon with gnome-settings-daemon

I would like to prevent unity-settings-daemon from starting up when I log in and instead have gnome-settings-daemon run. The reason is that the unity-settings-daemon is hilariously broken (namely ...
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Nautilus fonts messed up each time after reboot

I'm seeing these incorrect fonts every time the system boots. When I run fc-cache -rv , log out, and log back in the correct fonts are restored, but I have to do this every time. How can I fix ...
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How can I uninstall a nvidia driver completely ?

As expected, Nvidia drivers have reduced my customizations. I can't login to Unity 3D session. I can't find any content to help me to uninstall the driver and I don't know what to do as I have never ...
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systemd service asks for gpg password in Unity

I have some systemd-timers to sync my mails via imap. Since I don't want to store my passwords in clear text I use gpg to encrypt and decrypt them. When I am using Unity each time the timers run the ...
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Super-F finds files in ~/tmp

I lost some data since I edited the wrong file. What had happened? I used Super-F to find a file called "foo.txt". I edited the file, but not the file in ~/doc/foo.txt, but a very old file in ...
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13.04 launcher and menu bar disappeared

Last night I downloaded python 3.3 and idle. I turned it on today and the launcher and menu bar disappeared. It didn't even ask for my password and all I see is my desktop. I tried finding answers ...
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Choosing default browser

I am having problems choosing my default browser. As far as I can tell there are 2 ways to do it, and right now they are conflicting. What I want: default browser of Google Chrome Problem: In unity ...
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Create unity shortcuts to WINE applications 12.04

I have just gone through the process of getting ubuntu onto my main PC, no issues, was absolutely brilliant how its done it and loved that I could read the web while installing too, I have WINE ...
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Can I change the contents of the Keyboard Shortcut List that shows up when I hold down super?

It occurred to me that this could be a very convenient way to keep a little bit of information sitting just in the background, ready whenever I need it. I am referring to this list
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how to give each terminal tab its own title?

I see that there are ways to set the tabs title through the CLI, but how can I give each tab its own "title"? top pine git by default, gnome-terminal seems to show ...
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Ignoring first key pressed when waking up

As far as remember Mac OS X ignores the first key pressed when computer is sleeping while Ubuntu passes it to password field so I have to delete the first character. Is there a way to replicate Mac OS ...
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stuck on tty; cannot return to ubuntu-dekstop

Before this I had a problem with low graphics mode, then I got into tty trying to fix it. Now I can run apt-get update, but cannot install ubuntu-desktop because it is unable to locate the package ...
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Desktop Files don't seem to use $PATH correctly

I am creating .desktop files for use in the Unity Launcher. I have my own location in my home directory where I put my executables (~/usr/bin/) which is correctly added to my PATH environment ...
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Set “default” monitor to ALWAYS run apps in it instead of display#1

In my system, there are two different monitors 2 (main) and 1 ( in right , for films or etc.). When i use #2(main), logging in and opening an app or pressing Ctrl+Alt+T key, window opens in monitor ...
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14.04 LTS Log off when switching Applications

When I Click on an application in the Launcher to either launch it or switch the launcher disappears, along with the Menu bar, and then i get the log in screen. This Started only recently and i feel ...
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nm-applet does not work Ubuntu 14.04

The network manager nm-applet has disappeared from the unity panel of my Ubuntu 14.04. When I try to run it from the commas line, I receive an error: $ nm-applet nm-applet-Message: using fallback ...
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Ubuntu 15.10 no input source in menu bar

After installing ubuntu 15.10 I have no input source displayed in menu bar. I have 3 input sources to use and "Show current input source" is enabled, but it doesnt work! Only language switch with ...
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OS X - like trackpad gestures with TouchEgg - rebuilding unity

I'm using Ubuntu 14.04 with unity, and I know that Touchegg is not compatible with unity. But according to these instructions, some people say that worked for them with unity. I am trying these ...
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Unity freezes when closing or minimizing a window

On a very fresh install of Ubuntu 14.04, it sometimes happens that when I close or minimize a window, Unity freezes. I can not interact with the panel or any application, only move the mouse around. A ...
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Wifi indicator in status line missing [duplicate]

I use Ubuntu 14.04 for quite some time now, and suddenly my Wifi Indicator in the upper status bar is missing. It disappeared by itself. I searched for solutions and tried these two: 1)sudo service ...
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Unity Desktop incomplete when launching manually using 'startx $(which unity)'

This is a follow-up question to 15.10: 'startx $(which unity)' fails when booting to console. I finally managed to load the Unity Desktop after having booted into text-mode. But the desktop I ...
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15.10 Dell XPS 15 (9550) External Monitor not waking

I'm in Ubuntu 15.10, with Kernel 4.3. Things are working better than I could ever imagine. Other than ONE bug... When my laptop turns off it's screen and my external monitor's screen (I have it set ...
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15.10: 'startx $(which unity)' fails when booting to console

I followed this answer and ran the following commands on my 15.10 with Unity Desktop to boot to text mode: sudo systemctl enable multi-user.target --force sudo systemctl set-default multi-user.target ...
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Ubuntu is kde styled after install AND removal

I installed kubuntu-desktop and every thing was fine. Then later when I actually logged in to Kde, I decided that I still like Unity better so I ran sudo apt-get purge kubuntu-desktop && ...
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Blank Screen on Edubuntu 14.04 after changing the Home partition

Good day! I made changes to my system that was currently running out of space in the root and the home partition. So I popped in to gparted and adjust the sizes of the partition, everything went ...
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Icons and Themes not fully working Ubuntu 15.10

I installed the Flatabulous and Ultra-Flat-Icons themes from PPA's, which were successfully downloaded. However, when I apply them via Ubuntu Tweak, they do not apply. An interesting note is that ...
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How To Disable Sticky Edges via Command Line?

I know how to disable Sticky Edges via the Settings->Display UI, however, I want to be able to do it via command line or config file. Does anyone know how to disable "sticky edges" via a command or ...
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System crash when try to minimize gtk3 applications

I have just upgraded my system from Ubuntu[unity] 14.04 to Ubuntu[unity] 15.04 (64bit). Everything is working fine except a system crash. I have installed ARC theme and when I try to minimize a gtk3 ...
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switch to workspace with launcher no longer working with multiple desktops

I used to be able to place different apps on different workspaces in Unity, and quickly navigate to any active app by clicking on its' icon in the launcher. This would navigate the screen display to ...
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Method for diagnosing Ubuntu crashes?

I am a somewhat nontechnical user of a desktop running 14.04 LTS. I've been working in Ubuntu for several years. The hardware is somewhat old. Occasionally I experience technical issues with Ubuntu ...
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Menu/Application Launchers Missing in 15.10

I've installed Ubuntu 15.10 and added Cinnamon (kranich package), and some of the Applications I've installed, (Steam, Virtualbox etc) are missing their launchers, in both Unity and Cinnamon. Alt-f2 ...
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Unity greeter indicators 14.04

My unity greeter indicators ubuntu 14.04 appear to be generic looking blank icons. They do seem to function as intended but soar to the eye. However, when I log in as a guest or user, the indicator ...
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Unity fonts changed after using GNOME

I have installed GNOME on Ubuntu, and after using it for a while, I decided to switch back to Unity. But all the fonts have changed to the standard GNOME fonts and I want to change it back to the ...
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Swiping left on the touchpad opens the photo search. How do I disable this?

It's almost random, but most of the time, if I swipe from right to left on the touchpad of my keyboard, it opens the photo search. I have not been able to locate any setting/tweak that explains this ...