I just upgraded to Ubuntu 15.10. I am still using the latest NVIDIA binary driver 352.41 from nvidia-352 w/ GT730 card.

When I start spyder and spyder3, the display is garbled with window elements wrongly sized and out of place. I get the following error:

$ spyder
QNativeImage: Unable to attach to shared memory segment. 
X Error: BadDrawable (invalid Pixmap or Window parameter) 9
  Major opcode: 62 (X_CopyArea)
  Resource id:  0x0

. . .

Can someone help me resolve this error?

Thank you in advance! -Bill

Here is a screen shot of the garbled spyder screen Here is a screen shot of the garbled spyder screen

Update Nov 3, 2015:

The problem is occurring with multiple applications: spyder, VirtualBox, and IPython Qt Console. It seems like the BadDrawable error may be related to Qt with Ubuntu 15.10.

Here is a screen shot of the garbled IPython 3 Qt Console screen Here is a screen shot of the garbled IPython 3 Qt Console screen


Have you tried the workaround described here? https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=200167

I had the similar problems with Skype, VLC and Double Commander on my laptop with Ubuntu 15.04 and the hack cured them all.

Just add the following line


to the file

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  • Hi John, Thank you! Setting QT_GRAPHICSSYSTEM=native sems to work for Spyder. I will try it on the other programs I am having problems with and test it before I mark this as the answer. – Bill S Nov 5 '15 at 14:58
  • Was having same problem with mumble and this fixed it. But with fresh 15.10 install and intel drivers. – mp3foley Nov 5 '15 at 22:01
  • This answer works for me. I was having issues with skype, Krusader and smplayer. All of them seem to work fine now. – Zoltan Nov 6 '15 at 17:32
  • Although the graphics display looks better inside the programs, I think there is still something going on with 15.10. In MeshLab, I am getting similar shared memory errors: (meshlab:5121): Gdk-WARNING **: shmget failed: error 28 (No space left on device) – Bill S Nov 6 '15 at 23:59
  • Maybe there is realдy little space on your drive?) Bill, if it woks, it would be fine to make description more general. I haven't seen a similar question related to Ubuntu 15.04. – John Matreshkin Nov 9 '15 at 8:11

works for me for VirtualBox.

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  • Thanks again. QT_GRAPHICSSYSTEM=native seems to have fixed all the problems with programs I am using so far (it has only been a week since upgrade): MeshLab, IPython, Spyder, etc. – Bill S Nov 6 '15 at 23:54

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