Fwd: Re: 14.04 Look and Feel: many items are VERY faint

Israel israeldahl at gmail.com
Tue Apr 22 05:30:15 UTC 2014

Hi John,
(please reply to the list so everyone can see your added info)
I am thinking you may need to try the proprietary NVIDIA drivers.

However.... it seems you may need the NVIDIA 96 package which is not
available in 14.04...
I had a similar issue with 12.04... but I do not remember the exact
graphics card I had.... and I have since given that computer to a
believer friend who didn't have one.

So... that said, there is ALWAYS a way to get things to work in
GNU/Linux... the source code is open and free. Some things are nice and
easy, and some things are not... but you learn a lot with those :)  win
win in my opinion.
hopefully someone else on this list knows a bit more about what ever
happened to nvidia-96.
Nouveau has been getting remarkably better as time goes on, but there
are sometimes regressions.  You might try searching for a bit with your
specific card and the word nouveau to see if there are any
bugs/workarounds listed somewhere.  If the solution looks too hard, then
you may post it here so we can help you if you like :D

If I get some time I will look into your issue... but I have been so
very busy lately, it is best if you look too :)

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: 	Re: 14.04 Look and Feel: many items are VERY faint
Date: 	Tue, 22 Apr 2014 01:01:52 -0400
From: 	John Hupp <lubuntu at prpcompany.com>
To: 	Israel <israeldahl at gmail.com>

These would be the stock drivers.

This is the first time Lubuntu has been installed on this machine.

And yes, the default themes.

On 4/21/2014 11:18 PM, Israel wrote:
> 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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