Hey everybody. I posted this in the "general help" section, and only got one reply, and it didn't solve my problem, and my thread was soon pushed to the back of the forum. I was thinking maybe this is becasue I posted in the wrong section, because it was more a beginner help thing than a genersal help thing. And yes, I know reposting and double posting are sins on forums. I just thought I had it in the wrong place and I kind of need my laptop running correctly for school, It's not that I'm impatient, I swear!
Apologies aside, here's my problem: Every once in awhile, and particularly on the desktop, I cannot double click an item, and the only way I can even SELECT the item is by dragging my mouse and highlighting it like that. But then sometimes (most of the times, actually) The little highlight rectangles won't disappear after I've let go of the mouse and I'll end up with 2-3 of those annoying rectangles on my desktop, while in the mean time can STILL not double click items on my desktop. I also have problems right-clicking these items. I can really only highlight them, and as previously stated, that just makes a mess of my screen.
The only way I've found to get around it is to go to places->desktop and the icons behave normally there. However even in the File Browser I'll have these problems from time to time, and I have to close and re-open the browser. I'm currently running 8.4 (hardy heron?) and I'm a first time user. Please help. I really like Ubuntu much better than XP and there's no way I'm switching back but with these glitches I'm kinda stuck. It's probably something I did/am doing wrong.
Somebody said it might be Compiz Fusion and my desktop effects, but I had been having this problem before I even used compiz or desktop effects. In fact I had the problem when I was using the Live CD. I figured this was just because I was also running a fried version of windows XP, and because it was only a demo and may have a few bugs. I figured a full installation would fix it, so I formatted my HD and installed Ubuntu fully. I have a feeling it may be that some hardware is outdated or some drivers are buggy. How can I test for that and determine what I need to Buy or Install?