Toshiba Satellite P870 (has multiple compatibility issues already, including touchpad not working and no control for keyboard backlight. I believe many of the problems may have to do with the bios, since this was a Windows 8 machine and problems persisted even on Windows 7).

On Ubuntu 12.04, as you can see on the screenshots provided below, at random times, when I scroll down or up, the image and placement of objects on the webpage will go crazy. And when a new window opens, almost everything in the webpage will go black, sometimes fixing itself if I scroll very fast up or down. This started recently.

screenshot Screenshot two

It started in Chromium. Thinking it was the browser, I uninstalled it and installed regular Chrome from Google. But about 3 days later it started to occur in Chrome as well, so I just simply started using Firefox on anything non-Google-related, and Firefox was working fine.

Yet a week and a half later, Firefox started having the same problem. Now, I downloaded Opera to test it out, see if the problem would show up there too, and it did.

Not only that, but on Chrome/Chromium, at random times as well, if I make a video fullscreen, then exit out using either the Esc key or the digital one (happens more with Esc though, the video will keep playing, but the screen will go entirely solid gray, and my laptop becomes completely unresponsive to any keyboard commands, forcing me to do a hard reset.

So seeing how this is happening in multiple browsers, I'm guessing it's my laptop, but have no clue what it could be as every other program does not have this issue. I think it might also be related to the issue of my splash screen asking for my login password not appearing sometimes.

(I have more screenshots of other issues as well.)

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    That problem is most likely a problem with the video card driver (especially the second screenshot shows that). What VGA card does your laptop have? What driver do you use?
    – falconer
    Jan 3, 2014 at 21:07
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    Comes with Intel HD Graphics 4000 and an Nvidia Card. I forgot how to use the terminal to check my laptops specs. I'm using the default driver that came bundled with the kernel I'm guessing, as when I did a driver search for Proprietary drivers, it says I need none. I find it strange this problem didn't come up sooner though, as I've had Ubuntu installed for Months now.
    – Aethos
    Jan 4, 2014 at 23:07
  • And which card do you use? The intel or the nvidia? If the problem didn't came up for months that could mean that an update of the graphics driver (kernel update) caused the problem. (It is also possible that your VGA card is dying, but I think this is less likely.) Check the logs in the /var/log/apt/ directory if the error is came up after a kernel update, or just try booting an older kernel. If you are using the proprietary nvidia driver then of course check for the updates of that driver. Xou should also check /var/log/syslog and /var/log/Xorg.0.log if errors are reported there.
    – falconer
    Jan 5, 2014 at 11:00
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    I'm using the Nvidia card. Also, I think the problem is Compiz, since one day, after a restart, my laptops graphics were fine again. It's only after Compiz has an error that it starts glitching out for days again.
    – Aethos
    Feb 2, 2014 at 18:34


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