[xubuntu-users] Strange improper behavior on my Xubuntu 16.04 laptop

JMZ florentior at gmail.com
Thu Jan 26 22:02:07 UTC 2017

Check to see what video the laptop uses.  If you can find out the name 
and version of the video chipset, install the proper driver. Always 
check the repositories first to see if a driver is there. Often an older 
version of a driver still exists in repository. Sometimes there's a bit 
of trial-and-error required to pinpoint the necessary driver version.


On 01/26/2017 04:02 PM, MR ZenWiz wrote:
> I have an HP 8710w laptop that I use most often on weekends or when
> I'm visiting friends.
> Starting a couple of days ago, the following strange behavior began to
> manifest on it.
> 1. The right mouse button has no effect on the open desktop screen
> space.  It's supposed to bring up a menu and it doesn't.  The button
> works fine inside any open window, just not on the desktop.
> 2. The desktop is supposed to be a dark green, but as soon as any
> window is opened, or even the panels, the background where the
> window/panel is goes to the ubuntu default background minus the mouse
> image.
> 3. If I try to change the desktop settings with the settings manager,
> they don't take.  In fact nothing happens at all.  It''s as if there
> is no desktop manager.
> I'm running lightdm version 1.18.3 if that matters.  It's unchanged
> from the install.  However, I may have overwritten my .config settings
> from a backup of another computer (by accident - my safeguard against
> this failed).
> I just ran a full update and rebooted, and it is still happening.
> Where are the settings kept for the desktop or the window manager and
> can I manipulate them manually (if that is wise)?
> Any suggestions welcome.
> Thanks,
> MR

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