14.04 Look and Feel: many items are VERY faint

Israel israeldahl at gmail.com
Tue Apr 22 03:18:41 UTC 2014

It seems that this is a problem with your graphics card, but I am
thinking this because you are having more than one graphical issue.  Are
you using nouveau drivers or did you install a proprietary driver?
If you are using the stock drivers that come with Lubuntu, it will be
the nouveau ones....
Did you have this issue in an older release (in other words... have you
used Lubuntu before on the same machine using a previous release)?

And are you using the default themes for openbox, and gtk?  (if this
sounds confusing, just ask and someone like me can clarify what it
means)  I have had an issue in the past of using themes that had
problems similar to that.

That is all I can think of for the moment. :)

On 04/21/2014 12:59 PM, John Hupp wrote:
> With 14.04 newly installed on a machine with a P4 @ 1.6 GHz, 500 MB,
> an NVIDIA Corporation NV11 [GeForce2 MX/MX 400] VGA controller, and a
> CRT monitor (I know), I find that certain items in the interface are
> VERY faint.
> Perhaps someone can help me pin down a proper description and I'll be
> able to customize my way out of the problem.
> Some instances:
> In Synaptic, the contents of the left-pane package categories and the
> right-pane package list are both faintest-dark text on white
> background.  (The lower-right description pane is fine.)
> In AbiWord, in its menu bars, when a menu item is selected by hovering
> over it, many but not all of such items become faint-green text on a
> white background.
> I see a variant of the above in the Start menu, where some items when
> selected become faint-green text.  The background is light-blue on the
> upper half of the background bar, and white/light-gray on the bottom
> half of the background bar.  (I tried to get a screen shot of that
> just now, but Print Screen did not create a file in my home folder nor
> copy anything to the clipboard.)
> In PCManFM, many but not all file names, when selected, become
> light-green text on a white background.  In Details View, the other
> fields (Description, etc) may or may not do likewise.
> In some cases the behavior is seen when an item is selected but does
> not have focus.
> -----------------------------------
> Perhaps a separate question, but I'll start with it here: On this
> lower-resource machine, I found that PCManFM, in the default view,
> would show all file names but only a certain number of icons -- unless
> I dragged the pointer over them, at which point the icons appear.
> And a workaround question: This is so disconcerting that I have been
> changing folders to Details View and checking View: Preserve this
> Folder's Settings.  Unless/until the problem is solved, how can I make
> Details View the global default?


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