openoffice menus show as lines and dialog boxes are blank [SOLVED]

NoOp glgxg at
Thu Dec 18 02:23:21 UTC 2008

On 12/17/2008 04:31 PM, dwain wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 16, 2008 at 7:56 PM, NoOp <glgxg at> wrote:
>> Regarding reinstalling 8.10 just to resolve the OOo issue wasn't
>> necessary. The instructions that I gave to you only moved your
>> .openoffice.x profiles to a backup. Once you restarted OOo again, OOo
>> would have rebuilt a new profile & I'm willing to bet that your menus
>> would have been just fine afterwards.
> actually after i installed base, i had the same problem with the menus
> again.  i did as you suggested and still nothing.  the only thing i
> didn't do is stop ooo in a terminal, because i don't know how.
> so i'm back to square one again with a complete reinstallation of 8.10
> not an option.
> any other suggestions?

So this only happened after you installed OOo Base (using standard
Ubuntu OOo)? Have you set your java? Base requires java. What do you see
when you select Tools|Options|Open...|Java?

I'd recommend, opening a terminal (you can do this from Synaptic, but
this is faster) Applications|Accessories|Terminal and then cut & paste
the following commands in one at a time (press enter after each one):

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get install sun-j2re1.6
mv -R ~/ ~/
sudo apt-get install --reinstall

The last one will pull in OOo Base so there is no need to install
separately. The sun-j2rel.6 will pull in Java, and you will be prompted
to accept the agreement, just keep pressing page down until you get to
the y/n part and enter y and then enter key.

After you do all of that, restart OOo from the menu
(Applications|Office). See if that gives you menu's w/icons back. Then
go to Tools|Options|Open...|Java and when it finally shows the Sun java,
click that and then OK.

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