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March 5th, 2009, 05:16 PM
Running 8.10. Google Earth starts and works O. K. but place names, dates, altitudes, etc., anything with text appearing on the map is not working right. Letters are missing, so that instead of "East Oak Lane", for example, all I see is "st ak Lane" and so forth.

Any ideas? I renamed libcrypto.so.0.9.8 to libcrypto.so.0.9.8bug so that version 5 would start correctly. Everything else works, just the text won't cooperate.

March 16th, 2009, 06:26 PM
exact same problem, intrepid on dell inspiron 1525

March 18th, 2009, 07:55 PM
Same problem here on Xubuntu 8.10 with both GE 4.3 and 5.0.

March 18th, 2009, 11:42 PM
The same problem here kubuntu intrepid googleearth 4.3

March 19th, 2009, 10:06 AM
There's a bunch of us out here with this problem on 8.10.

March 21st, 2009, 12:20 PM
Same problem with the text here too. Running GE 5.0 on 8.10 on a Dell 1520 with the Intel embedded graphics with Compiz disabled.

March 21st, 2009, 12:41 PM
Consensus seems to be that it is the intel vid driver causing the problem. More info at;

Problem is possibly solved with the newer Intel 2.6.1 driver that ships with 9.04.

April 30th, 2009, 10:20 PM
Hey, Wondering if anyone with this problem has updated to jaunty and if it fixes the problem?
I want to hold off on a Jaunty update for a mont after release to let some of the bugs get ironed out but this is one of the things pushing to do it sooner.

May 1st, 2009, 02:04 AM
fonts are all fixed in Jaunty. GE still doesn't play well with any compiz effects though.

May 1st, 2009, 09:03 AM
Thanks Ubuntubrian. So what problems with GE & Compiz are cropping up in Jaunty, if you don't mind me asking?

May 1st, 2009, 02:31 PM
I had the same problem in Intrepid and Hardy with GE and Compiz. Any desktop effects at all cause the graphics in GE to go haywire. The display breaks into quadrants of pixelated garbage and won't resolve. No desktop effects and GE works great. Maybe my graphics card?

May 20th, 2009, 07:08 PM
I've been hesitant about upgrading to Jaunty from Intrepid because of the various reported graphics problems.
However I'm wondering if any of you guy who had his problem upgraded and if so, what effect did it have on GE?

May 20th, 2009, 07:21 PM
As I wrote I upgraded to Jaunty and the video issue is the same as in Hardy and Intrepid. My brother upgraded to Jaunty and had worse video problems in media players as well. I guess I was lucky as I am no worse off than I was before the upgrade.

May 20th, 2009, 07:23 PM
regarding the text issue, for those running jaunty go to a terminal and run

googleearth -style GTK+

and see if that makes it better.

July 23rd, 2009, 08:41 AM
OKS If all of the above doesnt work you can try changing the 3d fonts on Tools>options>choose 3d fonts ; some fonts work well especially the least known ones

July 23rd, 2009, 06:13 PM
Could you list some of the fonts that look alright?

I'm on 8.10 and Intel graphics chips and the text is missing and garbled.

July 23rd, 2009, 06:21 PM
Good idea. I've tried 10 or 12 of the "lesser-known" fonts to no effect.

November 4th, 2009, 02:12 PM
Karmic 9.10 solves this...finally!

November 4th, 2009, 04:25 PM
It does and I'll mark solved.