I am a novice Linux user. Today, I turned on my system and found out that whenever I open any system apps (like Setting, Files, even the Terminal), a bunch of text was missing from there, and it was showing only the first four letters of every word in the app (Screenshot attached to further visualize the issue)

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Please, help me to fix the issue. Thank you all

  • Please edit your question and include the screenshot in the message itself.
    – vanadium
    Mar 30 at 9:41
  • It's already in the message.. What do you mean, exactly? sorry, I couldn't understand what you're trying to say
    – Usama Ali
    Mar 30 at 9:44
  • I've updated my question. Is the screenshot visible to you now?
    – Usama Ali
    Mar 30 at 9:46
  • This is good now.
    – vanadium
    Mar 30 at 9:51
  • Ok, do you know what could cause the issue? and how to solve it, please?
    – Usama Ali
    Mar 30 at 9:52

I had the exact same condition and I was able to fix it by removing the 3rd party AMD Radeon drivers I had previously installed (and had been working fine up until this morning when I did a SW package upgrade & rebooted). I ran the following commands and rebooted. Now my display is back to normal:

sudo apt install ppa-purge
sudo ppa-purge ppa:oibaf/graphics-drivers
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    Yeah, I had already solved the issue using the exact same method. I found it on a website while searching about the problem, and I forgot to mention it here. Thanks for your answer, btw. I'll mark it as accepted so that it might be helpful to someone in the future.
    – Usama Ali
    Apr 4 at 14:19
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    I think I might have copy/pasted the wrong commands. I've updated my answer with the command I used to remove the 3rd party AMD Radeon drivers. Apr 8 at 19:58
  • Seems like a lot of people are getting the same issue. So did I. @PeterVinsel 's solution worked perfectly for me. Thank you!
    – angrato
    Apr 12 at 22:09

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