Ubuntu :: Black Borders Around Desktop?

Jan 30, 2011

I have an issue with my ATI 5800 card. Installation was flawless (dual boot with Windows 7 64 bit with all updates installed. Upon reboot, I have a black border around the entire Desktop. My screen resolution is set to maximum.Being new to all this, I am somewhat perplexed how the ATI Catalyst Control Center works.In Windows 7, this is the Scaling Option in the Catalyst Control Center which can easily rectify the situation. I have verified that the Catalyst Control Center is installed but I have no idea how to proceed to fix this.I have been searching Google for two days with no luck - lots of suggestions, but no fix. Can someone point me in the right direction as I would like to learn and understand how to use this OS.

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Ubuntu :: External Monitor - Get The Black Borders

Jun 16, 2011

I just install Ubuntu OS 11.04 recently to my HP Mini 110 netbook. When I try to display on my external 20inch samsung monitor. I get the black borders as shown on the pic. Resolution of 1024 x 768 or higher will cause the problem whereas lower resolution will not have that black border.

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OpenSUSE :: Firefox And MySQL Admin Have Black Line Borders?

Feb 10, 2010

Firefox & MySQL admin have black line borders. The tab, address input box, the search box, the scroll bars, and the dropdown menu area have this black line border. MySQL's admin utility displays the same. Can't figure out where to change it. Also other thread is about Desktop-Settings utility crashes. Should I just do a restore of user install defaults? How would I do that and save some of my desktop custom program icons?

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Ubuntu :: Black Screen (no Desktop) On 10.04 LTS

Jun 20, 2010

The computer was working fine last night, when I woke up this morning (I leave it on) it was making strange noises through the speakers and I had a blank screen, restarted a few times had some page full of code and wouldn't move on from there, I went out came back started it up and it did everything normally except instead of a desktop I had a black screen, however strangely enough when I press the power button on the PC a shut down menu comes up, and the mouse works and I can select from the options. I am on an Nvidia ION tho. How do I boot into a safe mode as such? as at the moment I'm using a ubuntu live CD to read the forums!

On the GRUB menu, seclect "Ubuntu (recovery mode)" (not exact wording). You'll get scrolling boot messages until you get to a screen with a grey box and some options. Use the arrow keys to select "x failsafe graphics mode" or something of the like. Press enter and you'll probably get a message that your card can't be detected or something. Press okay and continue. Your screen will be messed up, but you'll be in. It probably isn't the same problem, as you don't have an ATI card and can see a shutdown menu, but good Luck!

How do you bring up the GRUB menu? My PC isnt dual booted so I never see any menus at all, I thought all I had to do was press F8 during boot up? No, F8 is Windows. Hold down shift when booting to see the menu. Downloaded & Installed the 10.6 driver and everything is working fine. Unminimizing apps works much faster with this driver . However, /usr/bin/aticonfig --initial results in

Found fglrx primary device section
Using /etc/X11/xorg.conf
Saved back-up to /etc/X11/xorg.conf.fglrx-2
/usr/bin/aticonfig: Writing to '/etc/X11/xorg.conf' failed. Bad file descriptor.

Right now I've tried what "jxtreme" suggested on quote nr2 however when I go into recovery mode I get a load of code scrolling through the screen as its supposed to but I never get any box with options as he says, it just gets to a point where there's a small white cursor flashing at me half way down the screen and it stays there...

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Ubuntu :: 10.04 Gets To Desktop - Black Screen And Cannot Do Anything

Jul 29, 2010

I have just loaded Ubuntu 10.04 onto a hard drive and then booted using my laptop and it boots all fine and I get to the desktop. After I get to the desktop in around 10-20 seconds the screen suddenly goes black and the mouse disappears and I can't do anything. The fan still goes but thats about it, I have to hard shut down and load up again but it just keeps happening. Not sure what to do next?

Its an old Toshiba Satellite laptop
1.6 ghz processor
1gb RAM

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Ubuntu :: Strange Black Bar On Desktop?

Sep 8, 2010

I noticed yesterday, after what must have been the most recent updates, that my display now has a dark striped bar running down the right hand side of the display. It runs between the indicator applet and the deleted items bin on my standard Gnome desktop. I know it's not my monitor since I can see both of those items but maximised applications will not fill this area, even though the cursor is visible there.I've tried changing a number of display options but to no avail.

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Ubuntu :: No Desktop, Just Black Screen?

Nov 5, 2010

This morning I did some recommended updates for Lucid with update manager. This afternoon at start up I get a black screen after booting. I can hear the sound effect for the login, and if I key in my password, I hear the Ubuntu signature tune, i.e. it is booting and starting up. But my screen is just black with the arrow-shaped pointer, which I can move across the screen with the mouse. Other than that, nothin

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Ubuntu :: Cannot Take Desktop Screenshot - Black Image

Jul 9, 2010

The problem I am having is that when I try to take a screenshot the preview pane shows a black image and when I go to the location where the screenshot should have been saved. All I see is a black image. I get the same results using both the print screen button or accessories > take screenshot: Here is the output from Shutter:

INFO: checking installed components...
WARNING: gnome-web-photo is missing --> screenshots of websites will be disabled!
WARNING: Goo::Canvas/libgoocanvas is missing --> drawing tool will be disabled!
INFO: command debug recognized!
INFO: gathering system information.....

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Ubuntu :: 10.04 - Screen Goes Black On Changing Desktop?

Sep 22, 2010

In ubuntu 10.04 I have compiz installed and when I try to rotate the cube or simply change desktops screen goes black but not entirely, I mean I can still see the cube. This happens only during the change of desktops. Its very annoying,it doesn't create trouble but I cant see the cube effect.

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Ubuntu :: Xubuntu Desktop Black Screen?

Apr 5, 2011

ive just installed Xubuntu Desktop on to my computer, it runs fine, everything loads and so on. but after i log on the bottom 3rd of my screen is completely black

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Ubuntu :: Black Horizontal Lines On Desktop?

Aug 10, 2011

i have an dedll inspiron 8600 laptop. i just installed the new ubuntu, 11.0.4 i think. i installed from a usb. in the installation i wiped the whole drive with no partitions. i booted it while connected to the Internet and it loaded updates as it went. as far i know, everything went just as it was supposed to. the new os seems to be behaving just as it should.

however, (always a catch, right?) now, the right third of my screen appears to have thin black Phoenician blinds from top to bottom.

i can still partially see the icons in the top right corner, but not well enough to use them really, but they are active. i tried rebooting, but it didn't help.

i promised my girlfriend that this would make our dog poo machine run great and we could get more work done faster. i really hope i didn't make a mistake. the dog house gets me claustrophobic.

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Ubuntu :: Multiple Desktop Sessions - Screen Goes Out Black

May 4, 2011

I want to be able to run multiple desktop sessions, but when I goto the next session terminal and type startx -- :2 the screen just goes all black.

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OpenSUSE :: Black Desktop After Exit Of Game?

Oct 28, 2010

I installed 11.3 32 bit KDE on my system I had been running 11.0 32 for over a year.nVidia card, AMD quad, 4 gig RAM.Blender runs fine, fast and clean, when I exit, it takes a couple of seconds before I get control back.If I play a game, ArmagetronIOQuake, FrozenBubble - when I exit I get my mouse pointer back in a few seconds, you see a couple of the windows open on the desktop for a brief second but all goes black. When you move the mouse pointer around the screen it changes as if it is going over an icon or window but it does not recover.

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General :: Kde Desktop Is Shows Black Screen?

Mar 19, 2010

whenever i open my kubuntu desktop it brings a black screen. the pointer of the mouse is active but i cannot see anything.but my gnome desktop works well.what might be wrong?

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Sep 14, 2010

Trying to install Ubuntu 10.04 desktop (amd64) on this brand new system:

I connected the Dell ST2410 24" Full HD Widescreen LCD to the HDMI port on the ATI card and Windows 7 boots up just fine.

So then I put in the "ubuntu-10.04-desktop-amd64.iso" CD in drive and reboot the system. I see the Ubuntu logo with the dots for a while and then the LCD goes black. The LCD reports that there is no signal from the system. The power light in front of the LCD goes from white to amber. The keyboard stops responding.

I power off everything, remove the Ubuntu CD and reboot the system and it works fine again with Windows 7.

The CD has no problems. At boot time, I checked it for defects and it reports no errors. At boot time, I used this same CD to check the system for memory errors. No memory errors. I used the same CD to install Ubuntu on other systems and had no problems.

The 16X DVDRW Drive has no problems. In Windows 7 it can play CDs and DVDs.

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Ubuntu :: Remote Desktop With Dual Monitors (Black Screen On Viewer)?

Nov 8, 2010

I recently did a clean install to upgrade to 10.10 and I also got a 2nd monitor recently after upgrading. I want to be able to connect remotely to my desktop like I used to from my phone, but when I connect I get a black screen the size of my full desktop(both monitors) and I can move the mouse/type.

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May 20, 2010

I have a problem after installing Debian and running it on my machine. Instead of taking me to a splash login screen, it instead remains a black screen like a console where I type in my username and password, and it remains in this black command line mode beginning ben@ben-desktop:~$. Like it does in a terminal. What can I do to resolve this? This is completely new to me and hasn't happened to me in Ubuntu or Mint. I am familiar with using the terminal for the odd task but obviously I can't use it like this without a visible desktop.

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Aug 3, 2010

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General :: Black Screen On Reboot In OpenSuSe Enterprise Desktop

Jan 13, 2011

So I updated my software using Yast. One of the updates failed to install. I rebooted and then was in black screen hell with the following information:

Neither the variables MOUSEDEVICE and MOUSETYPE nor the variable GPM_PARAM is set in /etc/sysconfig/mouse
Run 'yast mouse' to set up gpm
Starting hpssd: Checking/updating CPU microcode unused
Starting nfsboot (sm-notify) done
Loading keymap i386/qwert/uk.map.gz done
Loading compose table winkeys shiftctrl latin1.add done
Start Unicode mode done
Starting hotkey-setup done
Starting cupsd done
Starting powersaved: ###################################
# ACPI system but acpid not running. #
# Start acpid first, then restart powersaved! #
############################################### skipped
Mount SMB/ CIFS File Systems unused
Executing suseRegister (looking for new update channels): skipped
Starting SSH daemon done
Starting ypbind.....................No domainname set skipped
Starting service automounter ("files nis" does not provide any mounts) skipped
Starting Firewall Initialization (phase 2 of 2) SuSEfirewallZ: Warning: ip6tables does not support state matching. Extended IPu6 support disabled.
SuSEfirewallz: Warning: no interface active done
Master Resource Control: runlevel 3 has been reached
Skipped services in runlevel 3: nfs gpm microcode powersaved smbfs suseRegister ypbind autofs
Welcome to SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 SP1 (i586) - Kernel (tty1).
linux-bvuz login: Starting ZENworks Management Daemon^[^[^[

I don't have a CD drive attached to the HP 2133.

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Apr 18, 2010

Cairo was working fine for me then randomly I see a huge black box behind it. I also cannot access my desktop effects along with it to activate compiz. I googled here and on the net trying different commands such as

:~> xgl-switch --enable-xgl
If 'xgl-switch' is not a typo you can use command-not-found to lookup the package that contains it, like this:
cnf xgl-switch


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Jun 10, 2010

I prefer ubuntu (which I have been meaning to install for a while) but my netbook currently has linpus lite on it. (It's an acer aspire one). One night I left the netbook sitting open (forgot to close it), and when I went to use it the next day, when I started it up, the desktop did not show the normal icons in the background. It still showed the bar at the bottom with the connection icon, power icon, etc. as well as the "Internet" search bar in the top right corner.

But instead of the usual linpus desktop icons, there are just black and white horizontal bars, with some coloured dots in the black bars. I can still use the terminal to open firefox, and presumably other programs. It still connects to wifi signals, and the bottom bar looks normal and functional. I am posting this message right now with my netbook, and it doesn't seem to have lost any functionality. I would much rather just click on things most of the time instead of opening terminal for everything.

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Ubuntu :: Some Log-ins Don't Have Window Borders?

Jul 7, 2010

Sometimes when I boot up and log in, I have no window borders. The entire area with min/max/close is just gone. If I log out and back in, most times it comes back. What gives?

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Ubuntu :: Window Borders Not Working?

Apr 9, 2010

I'm running Ubuntu 10.04, and it's been flawless until tonight where, after an update, the normal window borders stopped working and were replaced by these ugly never-seen-before borders. I can get the borders back, but it'll kill compiz, but if I have compiz, then I have the ugly weird boarders

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Apr 17, 2010

I installed ubuntu 10.04 and after installing the drivers for my graphic card ATI Mobility Radeon HD4570, windows borders do not appear anymore. When I type "metacity --replace" borders come back, but I can't use compiz, also when I try to disable "Window Decoration" from the compizConfig Settings it doesn't work, it keeps always enabled. I tried this hack here [URL] but it didn't work for me (or I didn't apply it correctly, I'm new to the system).

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May 8, 2010

i don't know if it's a bug or not but when i use the Elementary or Equinox theme, i have little borders at left and right of nautilus (see the screenshot)... i don't have this with the official theme ! Did you have the same problem with these themes, or other, on Lucid

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Ubuntu :: Removing Window Borders

Jun 30, 2010

When i first started with ubuntu i added a blue border that appears on all my windows and my panel and have been trying to remove it for ages but have no idea how i added it, i assumed it was in the appearance tab, but changing window borders in theme->customise has no effect.

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Ubuntu :: Windows Borders Not Showing?

Sep 9, 2010

Randomly my windows borders are either there are not, whats up with this? Its makin things a bit difficult minimizing windows switching windows etc, it doesnt happen all the time, just every other time i boot up, but its happened twice in a row now. And when it doesnt do it sometimes the borders close, minimize and expand boxes just disspear along with the title at the top i.e Firefox [URL]

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Ubuntu Installation :: 1104 On HP Desktop - Error Code = 1001 - Doesnt Start - Just Appears A Black Screen

Jun 2, 2011

I install UBUNTU 1104 on HP Desktop PC, but now it doesnt start. Just appears a Black screen with this msg: Error Code = 1001.

I want reinstall but PC is not reading CD, But the CD drive is working.

I install UBUNTU 11 in other 6 PCs, and work fine.

PC inf.: HP Compaq dc5800 Small Form Factor

I never install Windows on this PC. The original OS was UBUNTU 9.04 and updates.

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Feb 10, 2010

I get a black screen whether I use Ubuntu's driver or ATI's driver, but when I use the default it works fine without an desktop effects. Catalyst installed without any errors.

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Ubuntu :: Gnome Borders Disappeared From Tsclient

Aug 18, 2010

I searched for an answer to this problem for two days now, and only after I asked in #ubuntu (which I almost never do because it's so busy that my question is instantly upscrolled) did I find out the simple and undocumented solution. So I'm posting this for posterity and anyone who might make the same dumb mistake I did.

The problem I experienced was a disappearance of gnome borders from rdesktop through tsclient which had severe consequences on my ability to access remote computers.

Example image: [url]

As you can see there are no gnome borders to that paint window (via rdp) and the problem persists even in different resolutions. When in full screen mode, it is impossible to ctrl+alt+enter (or alt+tab, alt+esc, etc., I tried everything) out of the rdp session, it just blinks and stays in the window. I had to start>logout>disconnect just to get back to ubuntu. The only solution that ubuntu-pros offer is to turn off compiz, which I do not have nor have had on my machine. The sticky in this subforum explains:


Where did my window borders go? - cc7gir

This is a common mistake caused by disabling some plugins in CompizConfig Settings Manager. To fix, open the manager (System > Preferences > CompizConfig Settings Manager) and find the "Window Decorations" plugin. Check the box and you're all set.

Fortunately, the mention of window decoration reminded me of some recent setting I came across. A few minutes of serious brain-scouring led me to the tsclient performance tab with a big fat check on "Hide window manager's decorations." I checked it two days ago thinking it would remove weird glowy-ness or whatever from the remote OS, allowing for faster communication and less lag; unknowingly, it just removes gnome's border from the window and ruins your whole remote access experience. I just unchecked it and connected, boom problem fixed.

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