Please see the following image for an example how my graphics appear corrupted; in this case, no tabs in the Software & Updates settings window:

a screenshot of a settings window where the tabs are missing, instead the tabs' text being printed side-by-side without spaces

How do I correct these not-loading graphics?

Info about my graphics card:

$ lspci | grep VGA
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS, 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)

The problem was somehow caused, I think, by:

  1. getting a new power cable, using this Dell Latitude D620 laptop for the first time in about a year;
  2. resetting password from grub's recovery root prompt
  3. installing updates to 16 LTS after successfully logging in without restarting (there was some notice that there might be graphics problems resuming from recovery mode with a recommended restart to avoid them, but i didn't notice any graphics problems so i didn't restart prior to updating software);
  4. upgrading to 18.04.1 LTS without correcting the 'splash page loading dots remaining after login'-error that was caused from the 16 LTS updates

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