Why does my system dim and go grey sometimes?

mark Pyles markfpyles at gmail.com
Sat Jan 24 07:51:16 UTC 2009

Hi Derek:

I don't think I have desktop affect on (at least not that I know of) and 
I don't have compiz installed. I have 3 gigs of RAM, so hopefully that 
should be enough in my Dell Inspiron laptop. Thanks.


Derek Broughton wrote:
> Jason Crain wrote:
>> On Tue, January 20, 2009 6:40 am, mark Pyles wrote:
>>> It does dim just a tad when I unplug it from the power supply, but I
>>> rarely do that unless I'm moving it to another location. The dimming I
>>> experience is when the computer is having a hard time processing
>>> something or a webpage or when I have too many things going at one time,
>>> then it will dim and go grey and I won't be able to do anything until it
>>> clears itself up. It's very perplexing. Thanks.
>> This is a feature enabled when desktop effects is turned on.  Unresponsive
>> programs are faded to gray.  There is not much you can do about it except
>> wait for the computer to finish processing.  If you don't have a lot of
>> ram, adding more might help.
> Or just turn off desktop effects and compiz (worked for me - sort of: it just 
> makes it less annoying, the app is _still_ unresponsive.  I do need more 
> RAM).
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