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    Graphics - Weird graphical glitches with Xubuntu 14.04 including folder icons missing

    I’ve just installed the above version on my ailing Dell Dimension tower PC - great to be able to get it up and running again...


    The only thing is that there seems to be a strange graphics issue - some of the icons in finder windows disappear on mouseover. Also, the system has a habit of randomly highlighting text in strange colours so that it is unreadable. Very odd.


    As the problem is quite difficult to explain in words, I’m made a short screencast video on Youtube to share the problem as it appears to me: http://youtu.be/VN0uQ_kjHcg


    Any help greatly appreciated!
    Last edited by Dale_P; August 19th, 2014 at 12:51 PM.

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    Re: Graphics - Weird graphical glitches with Xubuntu 14.04 including folder icons mis

    That's not actually a YouTube link, and I'm certainly not going to click on it.

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    Re: Graphics - Weird graphical glitches with Xubuntu 14.04 including folder icons mis

    Hi Rob,

    The link I posted is a shortened version - here's the full link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VN0uQ_kjHcg

    Do you know what could be causing this? I see there's not been much bite on this post, and unfortunately the folder structure of the system is rather unusable with this issue.

    Thanks a lot for your time.

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    Re: Graphics - Weird graphical glitches with Xubuntu 14.04 including folder icons mis

    I just watched you video and indeed that is strange. What is your video adapter? Try:

    lspci | grep VGA

    and post the output back here.

    Is this an on-board GPU or is there an actual video card?

    If on-board GPU, check the BIOS settings and post back what it says for video memory.

    If may be a driver problem as well.

    I *think* the above information should at least get everyone started.

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    Re: Graphics - Weird graphical glitches with Xubuntu 14.04 including folder icons mis

    Thanks Dave, I've run the command and here is the output:

    Quote Originally Posted by dave131 View Post

    Try:
    lspci | grep VGA
    and post the output back here
    .

    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation NV17 [GeForce4 MX 420] (rev a3)

    Quote Originally Posted by dave131 View Post
    Is this an on-board GPU or is there an actual video card?
    Not sure how to find this out? I downloaded the sysinfo package, which says this (basically the same as the above command output)


    http://imgur.com/pc9baIt



    Quote Originally Posted by dave131 View Post
    If may be a driver problem as well.
    I suspect this may be the case too. However, there are no items shown in the 'additional dirvers' menu.

    Quote Originally Posted by dave131 View Post
    I *think* the above information should at least get everyone started.
    Hope so! do let me know if there's anything else which would be hlepful...
    Last edited by Dale_P; August 19th, 2014 at 08:25 PM.

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    Re: Graphics - Weird graphical glitches with Xubuntu 14.04 including folder icons mis

    Basically, that thread lets you know that the card is not really supported in 14.04. They got it to work in Linux Mint - but that may be too heavy for your system if you had to run xubuntu. The other alternative mentioned there is linux lite. If worse comes to worse, and if this is a seperate card, you could try a different video card. However, if it's a laptop or if you are using on-board graphics (the hint would be if you are connected to a video output that is in with a bunch of ports on the back of your system, or if it's connected to something else).

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    Re: Graphics - Weird graphical glitches with Xubuntu 14.04 including folder icons mis

    Just a follow-up to this post. The issue was indeed due to a an unsupported graphics card, which was fixed by swapping the card. Everything now works fine! Thanks for all your help...

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