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    13.10 - Unity Dash not accessible when using virtualbox

    I use virtual machines often in full screen dual monitor mode. Since I moved to Ubuntu 13.10, whenever my VM is in fullscreen mode, I cannot access dash when I switch to another workspace (i.e. the ubuntu desktop). When I attempt to access dash (by clikcing the super key or mouse) it flashes open then closes immediately.

    Has anyone else been having this issue?

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    Re: 13.10 - Unity Dash not accessible when using virtualbox

    same thing happens for me, but i found a way to get it working:

    click somewhere on the desktop of the monitor which does not have the fullscreen vbox on it, then press "super" and the "s" keys together to open the workspace switcher, press them again to exit and see if the dash works. it fixes it for me.

    btw, clicking the workspace switcher icon in the unity launcher while the vbox session is still in fullscreen mode, breaks it. repeating above procedure fixes it again.
    Last edited by fooman; October 14th, 2013 at 10:11 PM.
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    Re: 13.10 - Unity Dash not accessible when using virtualbox

    Quote Originally Posted by fooman View Post
    same thing happens for me, but i found a way to get it working:

    click somewhere on the desktop of the monitor which does not have the fullscreen vbox on it, then press "super" and the "s" keys together to open the workspace switcher, press them again to exit and see if the dash works. it fixes it for me.

    btw, clicking the workspace switcher icon in the unity launcher while the vbox session is still in fullscreen mode, breaks it. repeating above procedure fixes it again.
    Thanks Fooman. I just tried it with my laptop monitor and it works. Thanks for the tip. I'll try it tomorrow at work where I have the second monitor. I'll look for a bug reprt on this. If one doesn't exist, I'll create it.

    I appreciate the feedback and help.

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    Re: 13.10 - Unity Dash not accessible when using virtualbox

    glad it helped!
    MOTHERBOARD: GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD5, CPU: AMD FX-8150 Zambezi
    MEMORY: G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 32GB (4 x 8GB),
    VIDEO CARD: ASUS GTX480
    SSDs: Kingston HyperX 3K 120Gb, PNY XLR 120Gb
    OS: Ubuntu Release Candidate, openSuse, Win8.



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    Re: 13.10 - Unity Dash not accessible when using virtualbox

    I've filed a bug with the steps needed to re-produce the issue: https://bugs.launchpad.net/unity/+bug/1240016

    If you are experiencing this bug, please click on the "this bug affects..." link

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    Re: 13.10 - Unity Dash not accessible when using virtualbox

    Wouldn't it be better to report virtual box bugs upstream here?

    https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Bugtracker

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