Ubuntu Unity on the Ubuntu netbook edition installs without a problem but when I log in though, where the panels are, there is just blank area with a shadow effect style thing on it. I can open apps but the Window buttons and the global menu are not visable.

Does this mean that I cannot use Unity. I'm running it through Wubi on a Dell Inspiron 1501 laptop.

My total ammount of graphics memory is 831MB My dedicated memory is 128MB.

The odd thing is is that Windows Aero displays without a problem so why is there a problem with Unity

Hope this helps


  • What is your model of graphics card? You can find out by running: > sudo lshw -C display ATI cards are known to have problems with Unity. Oct 10 '10 at 19:11
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    This is offtopic for this site and should be reported as a bug report: help.ubuntu.com/community/ReportingBugs Oct 11 '10 at 16:06
  • I think this is already reported as bugs.edge.launchpad.net/unity/+bug/593380 Oct 11 '10 at 17:36
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    I can see nothing in the faq saying bugs are off topic, as per the closed comment this absolutely has to do with Ubuntu and developers for Ubuntu. This is a valid question the correct answer is: "This is a known problem (link to bug report) Plus (possible workaround)
    – trampster
    Oct 26 '10 at 12:04
  • I have same problem, Dell Latitude D531
    – Ubuntuer
    Feb 20 '11 at 12:24

This is a bug. Please report it the developers by pressing Alt+F2, entering ubuntu-bug unity and following the instructions. You might want to link to this question in your bug report to give the developers more information.