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March 3rd, 2010, 06:42 PM
Have LL installed and playing with Gnome-Shell.
Background, Gnome panel ok.
system>administration>hardware drivers shows
no proprietary drivers installed thus using the
stock driver as installed. No problems.
Now Gnome-Shell is got a few gotchas.
First: top of panel shows Activities on the left
and user on the right.
Background is black (maybe slate gray but close to
black. I understand this is the default and
have not played with the suggestions for another
choice. That later

If I select Firefox a black window opens and
nothing is visible. The exception is if I had
firefox open in the Gnome Panel then at the bottom
of the window shows the last item selected eg.
Lucid Lynx problems and discussion
The rest of the panel is black and no text shows.
So how does one select another color and display
Second: If a selection is made for a drop down
from the top panel a white box will open with nothing displayed. If I know from Gnome panel what
is supposed to be displayed and I click on an
appropriate area something actually happens eventually. So now I am looking for some
suggestions and possible solutions

March 6th, 2010, 04:56 PM
Does anyone know if there are settings in
gconf-editor that will allow gnome-shell to
display firefox properly? In general the
background color combinations (maybe?)
Is gconf-editor even the right place to start?
It has so many options it is a chance by chance
settings experiment.
This also applies to the dropdown boxes that
should display text but do not.
NOTE: this is ATI drivers.

March 6th, 2010, 05:02 PM
I have just tried to use the new proprietary ati drivers, (downloaded from the website) and failed miserably. I reckon that the ati issues should be sorted out eventually, though the opensource drivers have been doing ok, I was actually surprised by the 3d support.

On a similar topic have you also been experiencing any video playback issues?

March 6th, 2010, 05:14 PM
Have not gotten to any video playback issues yet.
Cant even see the panels in firefox to try anything.
I am shure it is ATI driver problems but so far
no solution

I forgot to mention that I got a new kernel yesterday. It was suggested in response to a bug
I posted. So far it has not helped any ATI driver

March 7th, 2010, 10:33 AM
Well, I don't think the ATI (Opensource) drivers are the problem anymore, I had a weird problem where the HDMI sound output was creating all kinds of trouble even though it was not connected. Though After fixing that (In the pulseaudio control menu) things went back to normal again, though I have decided to keep compiz off for now.

I have tried installing the proprietary drivers without any success again, hopefully the next iteration will be successful.

March 7th, 2010, 09:49 PM
Ranchhand are you around? You have an ATI card
on your system, I think
I wonder if you have had any luck with Gnome-Shell

March 7th, 2010, 11:51 PM
personally I have, I installed the repo version, though mutter keeps on crashing every now and then.

March 9th, 2010, 04:34 PM
Same problems here. ATI onboard. Also the whole system occasionally slows to a point where it is unsable while in gnome-shell.
I understand linux no longer supported by ADM so your stuck with the open source drivers which are definitely improving.