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Thread: KDE Tooltips in Gnome unreadable (black on black)

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    KDE Tooltips in Gnome unreadable (black on black)

    Hi there,

    I'm using Ununtu 10.4 with Gnome, and recently installed KDE (KDE 4.4.92 (KDE 4.5 RC2)) on top so that I can choose between KDE and Gnome at each login.

    When I log into an KDE session, everything works just fine, but often I use KDE applications (like Okular and KDevelop) in my Gnome session. In Gnome, I'm using the dark default theme that came with Ubuntu 10.4, which features black tooltip boxes with white font. In KDE-Applications I get black tooltip boxes with dark-gray font. It is completely impossible to read them, the text is so dark that I can hardly see that there is text at all.

    Has anyone an idea of how to fix this, possibly without breaking other things (like using Gnome-Apps in a KDE-Session, etc)?

    Also, I'm wondering if this should have worked from the start, that is, if this issue is worth opening a bug report.

    thanks in advance,
    Brian

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    Re: KDE Tooltips in Gnome unreadable (black on black)

    I'm having the same problem but with 10.10 beta (Maverick), in 10.04 it used to work fine.

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    Re: KDE Tooltips in Gnome unreadable (black on black)

    I've solved it. It seems to be another incarnation of this bug https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...es/+bug/144968, and it's duplicate https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+bug/141254

    Basically what you have to do is to change the background of the tooltip on the theme, however the problem is that it looks OK, black background and white fonts, but for some reason it was not working.

    To fix it go to System > Preferences > Appearance > Theme, click on Customize..., go to Colors click on the button for the background of Tooltips and choose a new background, it could be black again.

    What I still don't like is that the menu entries that are not enabled are also very difficult to read on both GTK and Qt applications. I don't know how to change this.

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    Re: KDE Tooltips in Gnome unreadable (black on black)

    Thank you, that did the trick for me. Changed the background color from black to black and now I get white text.

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    Re: KDE Tooltips in Gnome unreadable (black on black)

    Quote Originally Posted by brianschimmel View Post
    Thank you, that did the trick for me. Changed the background color from black to black and now I get white text.
    Great!

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    Re: KDE Tooltips in Gnome unreadable (black on black)

    Thanks eltama. Worked for me too.

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    Re: KDE Tooltips in Gnome unreadable (black on black)

    This works for me too, but it resets back to dark grey on black as soon as I reboot (i.e. it is not a sticky setting). Anyone?

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    Re: KDE Tooltips in Gnome unreadable (black on black)

    That's true, for me it resets even if I close the KDE program and I open it again.
    I don't know of any permanent solution.

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    Re: KDE Tooltips in Gnome unreadable (black on black)

    Quote Originally Posted by eltama View Post
    That's true, for me it resets even if I close the KDE program and I open it again.
    I don't know of any permanent solution.
    Use
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install systemsettings
    .
    Now you can use systemsettings to configure tooltip bg and font color for KDE applications.

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    Re: KDE Tooltips in Gnome unreadable (black on black)

    Quote Originally Posted by kaeptnbb View Post
    Use
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install systemsettings
    .
    Now you can use systemsettings to configure tooltip bg and font color for KDE applications.
    You guys just solved one little problem I had, Hurray!
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