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Advanced Desktop Settings problem on Ubuntu 11.04

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June 23, 2011 9:06:43 PM

My computer won't boot correctly in Ubuntu 11.04 after I installed Advanded Desktop Settings, and applied the 3D Cube settngs...
menu bars dissapears... Windows are messed up, and because of the fact that I'm not in advanced stage where I know how to set-up hotkeys, and run applications without the menu bar... I can basically only create Word documents.. >_>

I've been able to get it working correctly again, just by going into a safe mode and deleting the installed program... but this a problem... it needs to be fixed.

Thanks,

Any other details will be gladly provided.
June 23, 2011 9:44:43 PM

Is yours an ATI video card on a HP, pechance?
Posting system specs along with question is recommended. At the terminal enter
  1. lspci
and paste the results here, please, for help from whomever looks first and can suggest a solution.
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June 24, 2011 12:23:21 AM

Sounds like it's most likely a driver issue with your video card. Please post your system specs.
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June 24, 2011 2:59:34 AM

lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor DMI (rev 11)
00:03.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor PCI Express Root Port 1 (rev 11)
00:08.0 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Core Processor System Management Registers (rev 11)
00:08.1 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Core Processor Semaphore and Scratchpad Registers (rev 11)
00:08.2 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Core Processor System Control and Status Registers (rev 11)
00:08.3 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Core Processor Miscellaneous Registers (rev 11)
00:10.0 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Core Processor QPI Link (rev 11)
00:10.1 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Core Processor QPI Routing and Protocol Registers (rev 11)
00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset HECI Controller (rev 06)
00:1a.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset USB2 Enhanced Host Controller (rev 06)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset High Definition Audio (rev 06)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 1 (rev 06)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 2 (rev 06)
00:1c.5 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 6 (rev 06)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset USB2 Enhanced Host Controller (rev 06)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev a6)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 5 Series Chipset LPC Interface Controller (rev 06)
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset 4 port SATA AHCI Controller (rev 06)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset SMBus Controller (rev 06)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Broadway XT [Mobility Radeon HD 5800 Series]
01:00.1 Audio device: ATI Technologies Inc Juniper HDMI Audio [Radeon HD 5700 Series]
03:00.0 Network controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) (rev 01)
04:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications AR8131 Gigabit Ethernet (rev c0)
ff:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor QuickPath Architecture Generic Non-Core Registers (rev 04)
ff:00.1 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor QuickPath Architecture System Address Decoder (rev 04)
ff:02.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor QPI Link 0 (rev 04)
ff:02.1 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor QPI Physical 0 (rev 04)
ff:03.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor Integrated Memory Controller (rev 04)
ff:03.1 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor Integrated Memory Controller Target Address Decoder (rev 04)
ff:03.4 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor Integrated Memory Controller Test Registers (rev 04)
ff:04.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor Integrated Memory Controller Channel 0 Control Registers (rev 04)
ff:04.1 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor Integrated Memory Controller Channel 0 Address Registers (rev 04)
ff:04.2 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor Integrated Memory Controller Channel 0 Rank Registers (rev 04)
ff:04.3 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor Integrated Memory Controller Channel 0 Thermal Control Registers (rev 04)
ff:05.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor Integrated Memory Controller Channel 1 Control Registers (rev 04)
ff:05.1 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor Integrated Memory Controller Channel 1 Address Registers (rev 04)
ff:05.2 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor Integrated Memory Controller Channel 1 Rank Registers (rev 04)
ff:05.3 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor Integrated Memory Controller Channel 1 Thermal Control Registers (rev 04)
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June 24, 2011 3:02:02 AM

It is an ASUS G73Jh-RBBX05
I also have another Monitor, but I haven't used it since my fresh install of Linux, which was my simple solution to solving the issue when I first got bumped with it... I tried it again- but this time, the external monitor was not connected, but I still had the issue.
I've installed CCC... And it works as far as I can tell.
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June 24, 2011 4:39:22 AM

YOUR GPU:
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Broadway XT [Mobility Radeon HD 5800 Series]
01:00.1 Audio device: ATI Technologies Inc Juniper HDMI Audio [Radeon HD 5700 Series]

I HOPE THIS REVIEWER IS WRONG, FOR YOUR SAKE:
"It is impossible to get stability out of the graphics card with new ATI reference drivers. You are stuck on Catalyst 9.12 (factory shipped) or 10.1 (on the asus website). All newer drivers case GSODs. The fixes so far are to flash a new vbios or overclock the gpu to prevent nearly immediate crashing but they still crash. Those who CLAIM to have stability do not play demanding games PERIOD."

Maybe someone has a solution, now.
Best wishes!

[sorry -- I left CapsLk on]
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June 24, 2011 6:04:00 AM

There is definitely issues with ATI drivers as CHAMAECYPARIS mentioned. I'd try the 10.1 drivers ( I seem to heave been hearing good things), and if that doesn't work try the 9.12.
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June 24, 2011 5:52:56 PM

I play League of Legends, Burnout Paradise, Medal of Honor, Call of Duty 4.. All on Max settings... I haven't had any problems I could recall, but then again, this was on Windows, the most graphical thing I've done so far on Ubuntu is open up Blender and GIMP..
... My computer was a Factory Refurbished laptop that I got in December, I'd expect that the technicians over there flashed it themselves when they ran diagnostics...
I'm always making sure I'm totally updated with my drivers, but then again, I haven't checked in awhile... If you'd like for me to provide my current BIOS version... then ask, but I need steps, because I haven't done much with BIOS in the past, the only thing I've done was flash another laptop ( a long time ago) and change device priorities when I was trying to boot a disc (also on another laptop)...
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July 1, 2011 3:18:10 AM

Best answer selected by hpfreak.
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