[ubuntu-uk] Unresponsive 'windows' and icons

reyasuk reyasuk at googlemail.com
Tue Jan 29 14:39:40 GMT 2008

I've been using Ubuntu for a few months now and I love it.  I started 
with Feisty and upgraded to Gutsy when it became available.  When I've 
had problems I'm usually able to solve them myself by searching the 
internet and putting all the pieces together.  But this time I'm stumped 
and two weeks is long enough in the wilderness!

Firstly, the notification area is not working properly, and most of the 
time the icons there do not respond.  Sometimes the first one will work 
with a right click but any additions don't work, although yesterday they 
were all working again and I have no idea why.  Today none of them are 
working.  Next on the list is aMSN, which I have uninstall and 
reinstalled more times than I care to remember, using every method I've 
come across. Then todiscgui, which is part of the tovid suite, and I 
have used this many times in the past with no problems (tovidgui works 
ok).  Both of these were working fine but now I cannot use the mouse 
within either of these programs.  I can click on the menu bar and the 
menus drop down but clicking within the drop down menu just closes it, 
and nothing within the window reacts to the mouse at all.  It is 
possible to navigate with the keyboard though, and the mouse functions 
properly in everything else I use.

 >From everything that I have been reading, I believe that it may be to 
do with the 'window' that the programs run in.  I have discovered that 
aMSN uses 'wish' but I have no idea whether this is where the problem 
lies.  In the course of my research I've also been introduced to tcl and 
tk but all that sort of scripting stuff is beyond my comprehension at 
the moment.  I also believe that python gets thrown into the mix 
somewhere as well.

The only other problem that has happened recently is having to reinstall 
the nvidia drivers a couple of weeks ago when there was an update for 
xorg that seemed to cause problems for many others as well.  But I can't 
say for certain if this is when the other problems started.

Any pointers in the right direction would be much appreciated.  It's so 
hard to explain a problem when you haven't got a clue what you're 
talking about, and it's even harder to search for!
Many thanks, Jen
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