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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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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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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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Permanently set keyboard layout options with setxkbmap in gnome/unity

Ubuntu 13.101 (and maybe upstream gnome) introduced very annoying bug: pressing keyboard layout switch shortcut makes focus go away to some system window, then back to window where shortcut was ...
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System tray icons disappeared after installing Ubuntu 14.04

I have many applications with tray icons like davmail, hardware monitor. I miss this feature on Ubuntu 14.04. Does anyone have a solution? There are some tools like Skype indicator, but I need a ...
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Close, Minimize leave shadows on desktop

I got tired of waiting for a response to the multiple bug reports I submitted over the past month using xubuntu, so I finally just wiped it completely and installed Ubuntu 14.04 from a fresh download. ...
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Hidden files are shown in Dash

I have several hidden files in a folder that are private and need to remain private. I do not mind people seeing what I do on my system but after I open one of these files I can find them through ...
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How to downgrade gnome 3.14 to 3.12 on Ubuntu 14.10

After upgrading gnome from 3.12 to 3.14 some icons are looking larger and weird in unity. Icons for Chrome, System Settings Dialog box as not properly getting displayed. How to solve? Should I need to ...
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I have an invisible icon in my launcher

I created a desktop shortcut using this command: `gnome-desktop-item-edit –create-new ~/Desktop` Then I thought it would be a great idea to see if I can drag the icon onto the launcher. I tried ...
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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 doesn't load, no Launcher, no Dash appears

When I login, nothing happens. I am presented with my desktop wallpaper. No Dash, no Launcher, nothing.
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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS desktop not loading and cannot open terminal! [solved]

Just downloaded Ubuntu 14.04 LTS & deleted windows upon install. When I log into my account the screen is blank- no icons or anything. I searched and found a couple of threads that say to ...
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Why does it take so long to start gvim?

When I start gvim: $ date; /usr/bin/gvim; date Tue May 29 10:45:45 CST 2012 ** (gvim:6030): WARNING **: Unable to create Ubuntu Menu Proxy: Timeout was reached Tue May 29 10:46:11 CST 2012 To stop ...
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Can I set the Launcher to close on mouseout

Currently, I have to hit the super key again to close it. Is there a setting to close it once focus is no longer on it?
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How to make the keyboard media keys to work with VLC globally?

My keyboard has media keys and they work globally on Unity with Banshee but don't with VLC when another app is focused. How to fix that?
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Can I change the desktop text/icon text color?

I have a white desktop background and so text on any icons on the desktop end up somewhat merging with the background - and it's not the nicest to look at. What I'm wondering is, is there a way - ...
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Unity lenses - can I make the icons smaller

They are pretty big, which is a problem when many results are found. Unfortunately, they don't respond to the launcher's icon resizing. Are they configurable in .dconf or anywhere?
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How can I restart unity after I resume from suspend?

This may sound like a stupid idea but I like to have a transparent top-panel which can be configured in Compiz Config Settings Manager, but when I resume from a suspend it's no longer transparent and ...
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Closed Lid & External Monitor

I would like to work on a monitor connected to my laptop with closed lid. I can change laptop's behavior to "Do nothing" when the lid is closed and everything works perfectly (just my account log out ...
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Nouveau driver 3D lagging on 14.10 (less than 100 fps)

The nouveau driver supports 3D acceleration on all GeForce chipsets now. Only that on my system with a GeForce 256 (NV10) animations in Unity are lagging terribly. vblank_mode=0 glxgears reports ...
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Unity 3d not available on Ubuntu 12.04 with ATI Radeon 4570 card

I have a Dell Studio 1555 with ATI Radeon HD 4570 card in it. Upon running Unity Support Test, it says Unity 3D is not supported. shantanu@GreenHead:~$ /usr/lib/nux/unity_support_test -p OpenGL ...
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What is exactly the relation between wmctrl -d and wmctrl -lG in Unity?

from man wmctrl: wmctrl is a command that can be used to interact with an X Window manager that is compatible with the EWMH/NetWM specification. wmctrl can query the window manager for information, ...
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14.10 VNC keyboard issue

I've set up vnc4server on my ubuntu box (gnome session). (When monitor is connected to that box, I use Unity) When I connected, I figured out that "s" and "d", and arrow keys are doing funny ...
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14.10 Unity VNC to Android

I'm trying to get a vnc session running so that I can show chrome on my android device. I've got two monitors connected to my machine, on one I'm programming, on the other I'm showing the website ...
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Disable power-off button on NVidia Shield controller (joystick) in Unity

I have an NVidia Shield Controller, that is detected by Ubuntu as a standard joystick. Unity seems to react to some of the special buttons of this controller such as Volume Up, Volume Down and more ...
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Unity crash in Ubuntu 14.04

After logging in to my account, I see no panels or anything else, only the background. I cannot even start a terminal with ctrl+alt+t. The only thing the system responds to is ctrl+alt+delete which ...
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Dual Monitor's on different workspaces in 14.04

I recently updated from Ubuntu 12.04 LTS to 14.04 LTS and before I updated, I was able to use each of my monitors in their own workspaces. Although, now it appears that both of my monitors are ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 Unity: Black screen with cursor only, when external display is connected before booting laptop

Whenever I connect an external display to the DSub port of my laptop before booting into Ubuntu, something goes wrong in Unity to cause the exact same problem as described here: After logging in, ...
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Global menu not showing in Ubuntu 12.10 with Unity

I am on Ubuntu 12.10 with Unity shell. I am not quite sure what happened, but today I noticed that the menubar (containing 'File, Edit, etc...') is not appearing on the panel as it used to (i.e. the ...
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Unity 3D not supported on GTX 980

I've just plunged from Windows to Ubuntu on my main machine. I've been using it on an old laptop for over two years, where it was silky smooth. After I installed 14.4 LTS on my desktop, everything was ...
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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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Are GNOME Shell extensions compatible with Unity?

Today I saw an article about extensions for GNOME Shell, so it got me thinking a couple of questions that may apply to many users in Unity: Will the GNOME Shell extensions be compatible with Unity? ...
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Mouse cursor dissapears when long-pressing Alt in Gedit

When I press Alt in Gedit, and hold it for two seconds or so, the mouse cursor disappears, and then as I continue moving the mouse, the cursor starts flickering. The flickering happens only inside the ...
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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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Window title font changed, Nautilus home icon inverted

I was looking at some options in dconf-editor (not touching anything related to fonts and icons), when I realized that my screen suddenly started looked different... The window title font was much ...
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I can't open Unity tweak tool

I can't seem to open the [Unity][1] tweak tool, either from the launcher or dash or terminal. In the terminal, I got these errors: t***@t***-desktop:~$ unity-tweak-tool Traceback (most recent ...
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Mouse has been hijacked

I purchased a "Gear head" wireless mouse and used ccsm to configure the scroll wheel left and right clicks to enable 'rotate cube' both left and right respectively. After not one, but two reboots, ...
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Intelli hide for Unity Dock [duplicate]

Is there way to get intelli hide back for Unity Dock, or will that be implement back in Ubuntu 15.04? If Google thinks ChromeOS users can understand that concept I don't see why us Ubuntu users can't. ...
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14.04 Always show menu items

Is there any way to have the menu items on window menus always visible? I hate the whole hide and seek thing and have searched Google and here but I'm unable to find anything on how to make them stay ...
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Brightness steps twice on one keypress

I am having an issue on my HP Pavilion g7-1350dx laptop. Whenever I press the keyboard's brightness keys, I notice two things: the display brightens by two steps instead of one, and the Unity OSD ...
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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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13.10 Workspace switcher view is duplicated on multiple monitors

I work with an additional monitor connected to my laptop. When I upgraded from 13.04 to 13.10, the workspace switcher view has changed. In 13.04 I was getting both of the screens showing one switcher ...
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Lost dual displays in Ubuntu 14

After upgrade i cant connect two displays to my Dell Latitude e6430. Everything was fine until today, when i came to work and turned on my PC connected to two samsung displays resolution on them went ...
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Unity account login without desktop environment

when i install GLX-Dock (Cairo-Dock with openGL) my unity desktop environment crashed and there is nothing except with the background image. i thought due to ccsm and also i had already install and ...
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14.04. Unity gone. Tried everything in the forums. Nothing will bring it back

I tried enabling the cube desktop in compiz and unity vanished. No reboots will bring it back. I tried reinstalling ubuntu desktop and that did nothing. I tried resetting compiz to defaults and ...
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Unity's gone! How do I get it back?

Earlier today my Unity desktop disappeared: I got a black screen with white text, but it disappeared too quickly for me to read. When the desktop reappeared, it was the Ubuntu Classic desktop. I ...
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How to enable hardware acceleration for Unity on Ubuntu 14.04.1?

Hardware Acceleration is disabled by default on my fresh install of Ubuntu 14.04.1. I did a $/usr/lib/nux/unity_support_test -p in the terminal and got the result the everything is supported ...
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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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unity-lens-music takes long time to retrieve information from hdd

Everytime I open the dash and go to the music lens to search for a specific title, it takes quite a while till any titles are displayed and I can hear my hdd working during the process. I didn't copy ...
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Is there a Unity Lens to replace the filemanager

I'm setting up Ubuntu for a couple who have very little knowledge of computers in general. Instead of making them open nautilus to find their family photos and videos, is there an already made unity ...