[ubuntu-za] Niggling Post 9.10 upgrade issues

Robin Bownes robin at ncedatrust.org.za
Sat Oct 31 22:47:51 GMT 2009

I just tried enabling visual effects. 9.10 said it was looking for
suitable display drivers - then after a while told me it was unable to
enable visual effects.

-----Original Message-----
From: Robin Bownes <robin at ncedatrust.org.za>
Reply-to: robin at ncedatrust.org.za, Ubuntu South African Local Community
<ubuntu-za at lists.ubuntu.com>
To: Ubuntu South African Local Community <ubuntu-za at lists.ubuntu.com>
Subject: Re: [ubuntu-za] Niggling Post 9.10 upgrade issues
Date: Sun, 1 Nov 2009 00:37:50 +0200

Thanks Stefano,

I upgraded online, so don't have the 9.10 live CD. (I only have the 8.10
CD) While I accept the explanation for some added slowness, and I do
need to upgrade memory, it was still a very drastic slow-down - from
really flying along, to major pauses while I wait for my mouse cursor to
move, text to appear on the screen, changing between open apps, etc.

Yes, they are notifications, but how do I get them to notify in a format
that is readable by humans? What is compiz, and how do I check to see
whether its installed, and install it if not?

While a graphics driver issue may explain a lot, surely the new upgrade
will have read what was working so wonderfully before and either used
it, or installed an upgraded similar?

-----Original Message-----
From: Stefano Rivera <ubuntu-za at rivera.za.net>
Reply-to: Ubuntu South African Local Community
<ubuntu-za at lists.ubuntu.com>
To: ubuntu-za at lists.ubuntu.com
Subject: Re: [ubuntu-za] Niggling Post 9.10 upgrade issues
Date: Sun, 1 Nov 2009 00:18:39 +0200

Hi Robin (2009.10.31_23:58:08_+0200)
>       * My notebook (Compaq nx9000) runs a lot more slowly than it did
>         on 9.04. It feels like 9.10 uses a lot more resources, or
>         doesn't use them as efficiently or something. Any ideas? (Not
>         wildly happy with this. I was overjoyed when I recently ditched
>         Windows and discovered that Ubuntu 8.10 & then 9.04 allowed my
>         somewhat older notebook to run so much better- somewhat
>         disappointed now.)

Unfortunatly, almost all software tends to become bigger, slower, and heavier
over time, as more features are added and we demand more from it. While Ubuntu
will run comfortably on older hardware than contemporary versions of Windows,
it doesn't mean that you can expect the latest version of Ubuntu to fly on 5
year old hardware.

Personally, I've found Karmic to be a little less demanding than Jaunty (mostly
because of improvements in Firefox 3.5), but I can't back that up.

If you have less than 1GB of RAM, you'll probably get a noticable improvement
by adding some.

>       * Every now and then, a multi-coloured block appears in the top,
>         right-hand corner of my screen. Since this sometimes happens
>         when I'm using Banshee music player, and a new song has just
>         started, I assume that it is meant to be an information dialogue
>         of some kind. I also assume, that similar to the following
>         problem, it is due is some kind of display or font issue.

Sounds like a notification. Do they also appear if you press the volume-control
keys? If you don't have compiz enabled, they do look a bit ugly, yes.

>       * This problem is more serious in that it is currently stopping me
>         from getting some urgent work done. All text in my OpenOffice
>         menus and tool bars has been replaced by coloured bars & lines.
>         I assume this is due to OpenOffice having its internal font
>         settings changed to a font that it cannot process. I have tried
>         reinstalling OpenOffice (without uninstalling) with no joy.

That sounds like a graphics driver issue.

Did you upgrade your Ubuntu install, or install it from scratch? If you
upgraded, try the Live CD and see if you still have that issue.


Stefano Rivera
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