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Trouble Installing Unity3D

I would like to begin by warning you that I installed Ubuntu today for the first time, so I have no idea what I'm doing. I found this easy to follow guide on how to install Unity3D on my computer as ...
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“Super +D” hides copy dialog forever in 15.04

How to show the 'copy progress window' after hiding it in 15.04?. Super +D hides copy dialog forever, selecting "show copy dialog" or Alt+ Tab does not have any effect. The small progress bar is ...
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Unity launcher made with Alacarte iconless

trying to create a launcher with a .png image file and main menu keeps on removing it. is .png not supported or do I need to edit the image first?
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No Unity 3D support, Intel HD 4600, Ubuntu 13.10/14.04

So I've got this killer PC I use for GPGPU programming. Hardware: Intel i7-4770K (integrated intel HD4600) 2x NVidia Geforce GTX780Ti I want to use the GTX'es only for CUDA programming. It's a ...
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Background and pointer after ubuntu 14.04 login

I updated to 14.04 by reinstalling over the old 12.04 install. After using the system for a few weeks I log in one day and there is no desktop / unity at all. Just a background and mouse pointer. ...
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How do I find all key bindings in Ubuntu 14.04?

The Ubuntu / Unity key bindings are interfering with Android Studio (IntelliJ) key bindings. There is a partial list of key bindings to disable / reconfigure here in section 6. It is missing Alt+F1 ...
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Global Scrolling Keyboard Shortcut (evince)

For note taking with a dual monitor setup, it would be really great to be able to scroll the opposing monitor's window (ideally evince but it could be any application) without losing focus on a ...
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Problem with saving gamma

Using Ubuntu 15.04, I have a problem with saving my gamma settings on Unity. I created ~/.xprofile wich contains: xrandr --output eDP1 --gamma 0.76:0.7:0.73 But when the system boots, I see that ...
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How to install Gnome desktop?

I want to install Gnome desktop in my 64-bit Ubuntu 14.04 I just googled and I found two ways to install Gnome. I also read other answers on askubuntu and googled but can't find what is difference ...
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How To Modify Unity Desktop Environment

There are some things I do not like about Unity (at least I think it's something with Unity I don't like). The first is the cross to close the window is in the top left as opposed to the top right, ...
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Where is Unity Drawers?

I'd like to extend Unity with Drawers. But that is much more complicated than I expected. It's supposed to be in the Software Center. It isn't. I tried to manually install it, following these ...
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accidentally killed compiz process

I accidentally killed the compiz process and I cannot open my terminal even by Ctrl+Alt+T. All the toolbars, menubars and etc. related to the Unity launcher are gone,only the desktop can be seen. ...
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Chromebook Ubuntu 14.04 LTS with Unity dual boot

I currently use Ubuntu 14.04 LTS with Unity as my primary desktop OS. And recently, I have acquired an HP Chromebook 11 (ARM), and I whish to install Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on it because of a few softwares ...
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How do I reset my unity configuration on 15.04?

I've been googling many answers to this question, such as the various suggestions up and down http://askubuntu.com/a/202020/99436, and none of them are working for me. They might work for you. They ...
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Unity desktop is black after using gnome

I installed and used gnome but now when I use unity my desktop is black and I cant see the files on it. Everything else seems to be working fine. I can still see the files on the desktop under ...
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Menu Bar and Launcher Missing in Ubuntu 14.04

After a restart my menu bar and launcher were missing. I have tried every solution for this issue that I can find, from re-installing unity and compiz to resetting Unity and everything. Then I ...
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Editing ~/.vnc/xstartup to launch XFCE on VNC server

I have been following the following linode tutorial: https://www.linode.com/docs/applications/remote-desktop/using-vnc-to-operate-a-desktop-on-ubuntu-12-04 Except that I want to use XFCE instead of ...
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Large, unexplained gap in Unity launcher

As you can tell from the screenshot, there is a large gap in my Unity launcher for no reason. I was locking and unlocking some things from my Unity launcher, and it just happened. I don't know why. Is ...
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Broken NotifyOSD. No bubbles, only text

My problem is that NotifyOSD doesn't show bubbles as it should. Instead of them it shows text in top left corner: https://i.imgur.com/kFXdXE0.png?1 This problem appeared when I was trying out ...
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Recovering unity desktop after installing gnome3

I was using Ubuntu 14.04 . I wished to have multiple desktop environment. so for installing KDE is tried sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop so this worked and I was having ...
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How to configure password requirement for shutdown from unity

I configured one of the PCs to act as a server. It will be used by other emloyees as well via the guest account. Obviously I don't want the PC to be shut down by any user. Also I have to shut it down ...
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No Skype tray icon in Ubuntu 15.04

After installing Ubuntu 15.04 and skype (4.3.0.37) I cannot get Skype indicator to appear in tray I've tried doing this: ...
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Switching keyboard inputs by Super + S stopped working

Today I've noticed that Super + S no longer works. As I recall I didn't change any system settings, just installed easystroke and variety these weekends. I've already tried to stop working variety and ...
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How to resolve screen flickering on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Series 7548

The monitor can go into a flickering mode which is easily triggered by going into "Search your computer and online sources." It is especially bad if other applications are open like Chrome (perhaps ...
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I tried installing biodigital human, a webgl app on google chrome and it logged me out of my computer and uninstalled some apps

I was logged out. Tried logging in again but waz logged out immediately. Had to reboot. It messed my system up in the following ways: -Uninstalled wallch and classic menu indicator -System load ...
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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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Launcher Icons Collapse

My launcher's icons collapse when I run out of space. How do I turn this off?
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Installation of a stable release of the Elementary OS Desktop (Pantheon) on Ubuntu 14.04

Since Elementary OS is a Ubuntu based distribution I think it should be fairly easy to install a stable version of Pantheon on Ubuntu (in my case 14.04). I have seen that many people have tried and ...
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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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How do I finish installing ubuntu after it froze

I was installing ubuntu and I got to setting a username. I typed in a username then I tried typing a password but it froze. So i x'ed out the terminal and restarted my computer(hp chromebook 14). When ...
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help. not letting me type password and task bar gone

My laptop task/menu bar that runs along the bottom of the screen has disappear. I found a useful question and answer that said to press ctrl alt f1 then login in and type unity-reset. So I tried that ...
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I used apt-get to install firefox in ubuntu touch and can't run it

I've tried firefox and /usr/bin/firefox and I get the same error message. (process:5119):GLib-CRITICAL **:g_slice_set_config: assertion 'sys_page_size == 0' failed error: no display specified so I ...
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Compiz add more animation effects

How I can add more Animation effect at compiz, for sample how I can add a Burn effect? I've search on internet to find a solution and I've found someone but don't work... One of them was from ...
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System Settings icons missing in 14.04

I did a fresh install of trusty 14.04, but a lot of icons are missing. I installed from DVD which was painfully slow and I hope to avoid repeating the process, especially since I started customizing ...
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Hide System Settings Applications in Dash

Is there any way to remove an application icon from the dash but keep it in the System Settings? I find it useless to have them in the dash, and it really clutters the display there.. Accessing them ...
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Is there a dconf-editor setting (or some other way) to disable Unity's black popup boxes?

See that big black box? It's a popup. Is there any way to stop these from appearing? Perhaps with a dconf-editor setting or something? These popups appear frequently in Unity, like if you rest the ...
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when images are dragged onto my desktop screen the show a link and not the actual image

I just started with Ubuntu. At first if i dragged and dropped an image to my desktop it would create a link, if I would grab that link and place it elsewhere in the desktop it would give me the actual ...
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Ubuntu 13.10 AMD/ATI proprietary driver slow boot time, lengthy login/logout delays

Ubuntu 13.10 is causing me major headaches with my AMD/ATI HD 5770 GPU. Below is a list of problems I am currently encountering. 1) The boot time is extended by at least 25s after installing catalyst ...
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Window Click to Focus Without Passing Event To App

I like the click-to-focus behavior, but is there some way to prevent the window from receiving the click event until after it has been focused? Example, I click a window in the background to bring it ...
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How do I restart a Unity session from the terminal?

The command for restarting Gnome2 is: sudo /etc/init.d/gdm restart What is the equivalent for Unity?
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No OpenVPN option in new connection dialogue

I am having an issue in 15.04 with NetworkManager vpn connections. I have openvpn installed, but it does not show up in Unity as an available connection type. john@john-desktop:~$ lsb_release -drc ...
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My Ubuntu doen's start properly!

When I boot my Ubuntu it starts the plymouth screen, but when the plymouth finish it shows the final of the log and the mouse appears a few seconds later. To exit this screen I need to hear the sound ...
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Enable Wobbly Windows correctly

Whenever I want to enable the Wobbly Windows plugin in CCSM, it tells me the following: Plugin "Snapping Windows" provides the feature "edgeresistance", which is also provided by "Wobbly Windows". ...
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Fonts messed up after installing Kubuntu desktop on Ubuntu 14.04

I decided I wanted to try Kubuntu since I had some difficulties with the Unity desktop. I do not remember exactly the command(s) I run, but I think I used sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop. Now the ...
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Docky keeps getting disabled and unity sidebar launcher doesn't hide ,Ubuntu 14.04

I've installed Docky and updated unity and done all the settings to autohide and reduce the sensitivity of the sidebar launcher to low and yet after being idle for sometime , I have to logout and ...
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How to enable CCSM startup dialog again?

I have just installed CCSM to enable wobbly windows. CCSM presented me a dialog with a warning to use the program with caution. Several programs have such dialog, usually with a check box to whether ...
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How Can I tell if Firefox is Freezing Ubuntu?

Recently installed Ubuntu 14 on somewhat older system. For the most part it runs smoothly and quickly. However, every once in a while I get a complete system freeze, no mouse, nothing. Only REISUB ...
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Icon missing when application is launched

I've created an application launcher in /usr/share/applications that launches rdesktop. The file specifies an icon name and I've added the icons to: /usr/share/icons/HighContrast/48x48/apps ...
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Windows with alpha cause the current user session to logout

So this does contain some sample code, but simply to demonstrate the issue and it is not a problem with the code: This will generate the proper window. I have a window that has transparency enabled. ...
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Desktop issue after dist upgrade

I upgraded my 14.04 to 14.10 then to 15.04. after upgrade to 14.10 and reboot desktop acted strange and upgrading to 15.04 didn't fix it, see this image: Filesystem and desktop icons are working ...