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(Ubuntu 14.04.2) Unity will not load on Dell Inspiron 531s with Nvidia GeForce 6150SE graphics

I have a Dell Inspiron 531s desktop computer. I have installed Ubuntu 14.04.2 on it, but I can only install it from USB when I go to the "Install Ubuntu" option and not the "Try Ubuntu without ...
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Is there a generic solution for reactivating a window that has been “minimized to tray”?

I have written a script that responds to a keyboard shortcut by, if it is not already open, execute the Spotify application. If Spotify is already opened, the script uses xdotool to activate the ...
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Unity launcher question - Ubuntu 14.04 64-bit

I want to make the launcher flat. Does anyone know how to disable the "shadow' at the top? First question I've ever posted on askubunut, sorry if it's inappropriate or if I'm doing this wrong.
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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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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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Unity Bar notification numbers small after upgrading from 14.04 to 14.10

After upgrading to 14.10 from 14.04, I noticed that the notification numbers on the unity bar were much smaller, and sort of hard to read. Is there any way I can fix this? Also, is there a more ...
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Unity refuses to work in ubuntu 14.10

After I installed Mono because I needed to install Net framework 4.0, Unity stopped working completely and refuses to start even after trying every single fix in the internet. I don't get any errors, ...
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Is there a way to get all file browsing dialogues to use a single click to open files and folders?

I am using Ubuntu 14.10 with Unity. I have set Nautilus to open files using single click. However, when navigating the 'Open' / 'Select a file' dialogues in any other application (e.g. libreoffice), I ...
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Short press on Super key opens shortcuts window [Ubuntu 14.04]

When I press the the Super key for a long time, the shortcut window opens (as it should do). Strangely, the same happens often when I press Super for a short time. Also the Icons on the Dock at the ...
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Unity3D not running on Ubuntu

I want to run Unity3d in my 14.04 via Wine. I installed Unity3d for windows from it's official website but when I try to run Unity 5.0.0f4 (64-bit).exe it shows me this message. I found one same ...
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Workspace Stopwatch?

Is there a program that can serve as a workspace-depended stopwatch? I'd like to know how much time I've spent in each workspace every day. Edit: I'm using Unity.
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How to configure the clock date format to ISO 8601 in Unity?

By default, the time in AM/PM style is shown, I would like to have the same that ls gives: 2013-01-09 01:12 That is 24 hours and ISO 8601. How can I do this? I am aware of the following question. ...
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What's wrong with my desktop entry?

I have a problem with a desktop entry, looks like is not working fine. I want it to start a Genymotion VM. [Desktop Entry] Type=Application Name=nexus Comment="Nexus S, Genymotion" ...
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How to create a desktop shortcut in Unity?

Is there an easy way to create a desktop shortcut for an application in Unity? The ability to right click or drag and drop icons to the desktop in Unity does not seem to be there.
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Unread indicator for Slack Chrome App

I'm using Slack as an application shortcut through Google Chrome. It appears that unity uses the web's favicon for the launcher icon, which is neat. However, it seems to cache the icon for an unknown ...
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What is the right way to develop themes for Ubuntu?

I forked the Ambiance theme to create my own one which I maintain. I wonder what's the best way to develop Ubuntu themes. My current solution is: Have the theme directory into ~/Documents/foo I ...
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The application compiz has closed unexpectedly

I have installed Ubuntu 12.10 on my desktop. (Pentium 4, 80 GB hard disk, 2 GB RAM, 32-bit CPU.) And I have installed Windows XP. I made a 40 GB partition for windows and 40 GB for Ubuntu. I ...
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Where can I find more Unity themes?

This might already be answered, but I can't find it. I am getting a bit bored of the traditional purple feel of unity and I would like something new. Where can I find more Unity themes? I have ...
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How to access Skype in Unity?

I don't know how to access Skype in Ubuntu 11.10 because it gives me some error when I press the Skype icon on Unity launcher. Here is a screenshot. It's obvious that another instance of Skype is ...
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How can I manually adjust menu colors in themes?

I am using Ubuntu 14.10 with the Unity interface and the Ambiance theme. I like this theme, and any other theme I've tried was much worse for me. However, one thing that really bothers me with this ...
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How to reset Unity appearance settings

I was curious. Someone said Kubuntu is awesome. So I installed it (sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop). I didn't like it. Keyboard shortcuts that I became familiar with in Unity weren't working. It ...
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Unity unable to bring programs to foreground

Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS, some programs are already running and shown on dash. But from time to time I am unable to switch to the program. As shown in the snapshot, SecureCRT is running and when I click its ...
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Gnome-style notifications in Unity

I was looking for a way to get gnome style notifications in Unity. Or at least, if there´s a way of making the default Unity notifications interactive and clickable? As it is by default only a ...
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Missing date & time from top panel of Unity Desktop - Ubuntu 14.04

I'm using Ubuntu 14.04 an my machine and since the last upgrade from 13.10 to 14.04 the date&time is missing in the top panel of Unity. This machine was originally installed with Ubuntu 12.10. I ...
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Quit applications while switching with alt + tab?

Is it possible to quit applications while switching through them with Alt+Tab? When I used a Mac many years ago and you were switching through open applications with (let's say Command+Tab) you could ...
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Start Unity Web App maximized

I would like to have my Facebook web-app to start maximized. Is there any way to do this? Here is what is inside the .desktop file: [Desktop Entry] Name=FacebookMessenger Type=Application ...
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Windows open second from top when I use hotkeys

I like using assigned keyboard shortcuts (hotkeys) to open commonly used applications. For example Ctrl+Super+F Opens Firefox for me. When I do it this way, it opens just bellow the currently active ...
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How to have an application moved to launcher in stripped-down Unity under Ubuntu

I installed Ubuntu server and then the stripped down Unity desktop. I then installed terminator. I see terminator in the Software Center. I can also locate the .desktop file for this application and ...
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Preview for Unity/Nautilus

I am using Ubuntu 14.10 with Unity. I would like to have a Preview utility, like on a Mac. If you press Space key while having a file selected in Finder, it will show it in a temporary window. Super ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 desktop disappears suddenly

After I boot my Ubuntu 14.04, it shows desktop successfully. Then I browse internet and open terminal, all work fine. But suddenly, when I try to scroll up or down the browser the desktop blinks and ...
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How to hide an application from window switcher (alt-tab) in 14.04

How can I hide an application from the alt-tab menu for Unity? A post in an older thread suggested using compizconfig-settings-manager. http://askubuntu.com/posts/437099/edit Install ...
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Search feature not working, programs not running

Ubuntu 14.10 install (only tag seems to be 14.04... Hint) The last two days I have seen the Ubuntu serious internal error warning pop up but long before that, the install which booted fine now keeps ...
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How do I remove this effect?

Whenever I hover over the title bar, it collapses and shows all windows. I find this really annoying and don't know how this got enabled. How do I disable this thing? Before hovering: After ...
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is it a launcher issue?

when I open nautilus, this open a new launch with strange icon. so if this is a config, tell me how can I fix that, (ubuntu 14.10 working great, but when I uninstalled xubuntu desktop it become like ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 Unity interface becomes invisible when trying to modify color or highlighting of a text in LibreOffice

I'm experiencing a weird problem, and I'm not sure whether it is about Libreoffice or Unity shell itself or both. While working in Writer (version 4.2.8.2, but I experienced the same in 3.5), I try ...
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How to completely remove Xubuntu and install Ubuntu (including boot screen etc.)

I had Xubuntu 14.04 beta 1 installed. Now I have installed ubuntu-desktop package but I see that there are still Xubuntu application icons, login screen, theme, boot screen etc. How to completely ...
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need help,ubuntu theme problem

I am a Ubuntu 14.04 LTS user and everything was working fine,until I miss clicked some button or may have deleted a file,the Ubuntu currently looks weird,and mostly unusable. want help for it to be ...
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Suddenly cannot switch keyboard layouts

All of a sudden the keyboard layout icon disappeared from my bar, and even the keyboard short-cut that I usually use to switch between german and russian layout stopped working. The "Text Entry" ...
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Ubuntu logs-out instead of shutting down

My Ubuntu 14.04 LTS distribution was working perfectly until a few hours ago. When I select 'shutdown' from the power icon at the top right corner, the system logs me out and from the login screen. ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 After installing nvidia property drivers unity became strange

I have an ASUS laptop, model X550LN-BRA-DM550H, with intel graphics and geforce 840M card. I downloaded nvidia driver from their website (NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-346.47.run) and installed after. The ...
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Unity doesn't work on VNC server under 14.04 LTS

After upgrading to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, I find the Unity destkop in vnc4server never works as it did under Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. Here is my ~/.vnc/xstartup for vnc4server: #!/bin/sh xrdb $HOME/.Xresources ...
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Wallpaper is not changing and right click does not work on desktop in Ubuntu 14.04

Sorry if this question is already answered in some links; but I have already searched so much to find solution to my problem. Recently I installed gnome-shell and ubuntu-gnome-desktop to try gnome. I ...
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Input source icon

Two days ago I've decided to switch to Ubuntu Unity desktop after using KDE for almost six month. Everything is running smoothly with some difficulties, but I had a small problem with my input source ...
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Using a different desktop wallpaper from my lockscreen on gnome 3.8, Ubuntu-tweak no longoer loading on ubuntu 13.04

I am new to Ubuntu. I basically know nothing about it and friend convinced me to switch to the OS. Everything was going fine and I had managed to make my PC look like mac but I just ran into a ...
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Is there any way to get the Ubuntu tablet interface on an Intel powered 2-in-1 machine?

My specific device is a Sony Vaio Duo 13, which is a slider model (the keyboard doesn't detach, it simply slides under the screen to make a tablet). The processor is an Intel Haswell Core i5-- only ...
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Why does the Unity keyboard layout indicator not always show, and how can it be fixed?

I'm using Ubuntu 14.10 with the Unity interface. There are three keyboard layouts I normally switch between. In the beginning everything was fine, but as of recently when I restart my system instead ...
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Changing workspace shortcuts do not work

Ubuntu 14.04. The shortcuts Ctrl+Alt+←↑→↓ and Ctrl+Alt+Shift+←↑→↓ to change workspace and move applications do not work. Here is the image of the shortcuts configuration and here is the output of ...
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Wifi connecting at login then disconnecting. Ubuntu 14.10

I am new to Ubuntu 14.10 and I recently dual-booted Ubuntu 14.10 with Windows 7 pro on my Asus laptop. For some reason, after I log in to Ubuntu, wifi works but is extremely slow. After couple of ...
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can i uninstall ubuntu 14.04 unity desktop environment and replace it with paper-gtk

I'm a Linux newbie... the first Linux OS I started using is Ubuntu 14.04.02 LTS and to be honest, I really don't like the Unity desktop environment that ships with Ubuntu so I was wondering if I could ...
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No Unity Interface after logon

I logged onto my computer this morning after having left it off over the weekend and the Unity interface didn't load. I get my desktop and the files I have on it, but no launcher, no menu bar. I tried ...