I just upgraded to 11.04, and now most UI elements are gray and crappy looking (see screenshot).

When I first log in, the panel looks black (as Ambiance theme is supposed to look), but then after a second it turns gray and crappy-looking. Title bars of windows seem to be fine, but everything else seems messed up.

I've tried changing my theme in the "appearance" settings and it doesn't do anything besides change the title bars, and in 11.04 I can't seem to find any other settings related to this.

How can I fix this to look like it's supposed to look (default 11.04 theme)? Crappy UI widgets


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Using the answer to the question @Uri Herrera linked in his comment, I couldn't fix the issue.

However, one of the answers did point to a bug that tracks this issue, and I found a comment on the bug that solved it for me.

Here are the key bits:

First, create a bash script (I named it /etc/xdg/autostart/gnomesettingsdaemonfix.sh)


pid=$(pgrep gnome-settings-)

while [ -n "$pid" ];
  pid=$(pgrep gnome-settings-)
  sleep 0

exit 0

Make sure it is executable (run chmod +x).

Then edit /etc/xdg/autostart/gnome-settings-daemon.desktop

Change the Exec line to:

Exec=bash -c 'bash /etc/xdg/autostart/gnomesettingsdaemonfix.sh; /usr/lib/gnome-settings-daemon/gnome-settings-daemon

That seems to have fixed it so far for me.

  • Can you put this answer in the original question? That way we have all the answers in one place. May 15, 2011 at 21:43
  • @Jorge Castro I can if you want, but I'm not sure if it's exactly the same problem... I don't have a core i7 or an SSD (as is mentioned in the other issue), and I also never had this problem on 10.10, only after upgrading to 11.04.
    – TM.
    May 15, 2011 at 21:46
  • It seems to be happening regardless of exact hardware and/or version, still if you got it off the bug report we could just have them all in one place. (I see this question come up a bunch of times) May 15, 2011 at 21:47
  • @Jorge Castro I made a copy over there as well.
    – TM.
    May 15, 2011 at 21:49

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