Windows have no controls or title bar after upgrade from 9.10 to 10.04

R. A. Bilonick rab at
Sun Jun 20 15:47:37 UTC 2010

On Sun, 2010-06-20 at 12:19 +0200, baldyeti wrote:
> This sounds like the problem I had under the same upgrade path.
> Someone on the ubuntu support forum correctly suggested I was
> missing the "gnome-compiz" package; I hope it'll work for you,
> too...
> On 20/06/2010 06:34, R. A. Bilonick wrote:
> > I tested 10.04 using the livecd before upgrading to 10.04 from 9.10. The
> > windows looked fine in the live cd. You had borders around the windows
> > with controls in the upper left for closing and resizing the windows.
> > You had a title bar that you could grab to move the window, etc.
> >
> > After upgrading to 10.04, the default windows are defective. No controls
> > and no title bar. Plus, the cpu usage now runs at 62% all the time even
> > when not running any applications.
> >
> > If I change the appearance (system|preferences|appearance) and change
> > "Visual Effects" from "none" to "normal", I get window controls and
> > title bar, but they are not "embellished" as they should be for 10.04.
> >
> > Clearly, the gnome window manager or some such software did not upgrade
> > correctly. How can I fix this? I installed LXDE and the system runs
> > normally using LXDE (no 62% cpu usage and the window controls etc. are
> > what you would expect). I've tried re-installing various gnome
> > components without any improvement.
> >
> >
> >

I checked and compiz-gnome is already installed. I'm re-installing it
and I'm going to see if that helps.

I've done an extensive Internet search and one other suggestion was to

> metacity --replace

But that removes the controls that I get after changing from "none" to
"normal" in Visual Effects.

There were other similar suggestions for other window managers but none
have worked. It may be connected with the Intel video chips in this
laptop. There were some hints of a conflict between GXL (or GLX) which
has something to do with the bit-maps that are used to overlay the
simple buttons.

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