Windows blank to white after being resized larger

Bug #773582 reported by Connor Wood on 2011-04-29
This bug affects 11 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
NVIDIA Drivers Ubuntu

Bug Description

I started noticing this today, when I upgraded to 11.04 from 10.10. Whenever a window is above a certain size (different for different applications), the window will become blank white, and stay that way until resized smaller. I first noticed it in Empathy, however quickly found it in others as well. In some cases, this does not happen however, such as when an application is launched from the pannel at the top. Even the session log in form is affected, when I have been inactive for a while (this was fine for the first few attempts, but then didn't work...). It may have something to do with the unity package, however I cannot be certain of this.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.04
Package: xorg 1:7.6+4ubuntu3
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.38-8.42-generic-pae
Uname: Linux 2.6.38-8-generic-pae i686
NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia
.proc.driver.nvidia.gpus.0: Error: [Errno 21] Is a directory: '/proc/driver/nvidia/gpus/0'
.proc.driver.nvidia.registry: Binary: ""
 NVRM version: NVIDIA UNIX x86 Kernel Module 270.41.06 Mon Apr 18 14:54:25 PDT 2011
 GCC version: gcc version 4.5.2 (Ubuntu/Linaro 4.5.2-8ubuntu4)
Architecture: i386
CompizPlugins: [core,bailer,detection,composite,opengl,decor,mousepoll,vpswitch,regex,animation,snap,expo,move,compiztoolbox,place,grid,imgpng,gnomecompat,wall,ezoom,workarounds,staticswitcher,resize,fade,unitymtgrabhandles,scale,session,unityshell]
CompositorRunning: compiz
Date: Fri Apr 29 20:42:19 2011
DistUpgraded: Log time: 2011-04-28 17:37:42.436820
DistroCodename: natty
DistroVariant: ubuntu
 nvidia-current, 270.41.06, 2.6.38-8-generic-pae, i686: installed
 nvidia-current, 270.41.06, 2.6.35-28-generic-pae, i686: installed
 nVidia Corporation C61 [GeForce 6150SE nForce 430] [10de:03d0] (rev a2) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
   Subsystem: Micro-Star International Co., Ltd. Device [1462:7309]
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 10.10 "Maverick Meerkat" - Release i386 (20101007)
 xorg:nvidia_173 - NVIDIA accelerated graphics driver (Proprietary, Disabled, Not in use)
 xorg:nvidia_current - NVIDIA accelerated graphics driver (Proprietary, Enabled, Not in use)
MachineType: MSI MS-7309
ProcKernelCmdLine: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.38-8-generic-pae root=UUID=ac19c6db-647c-46e1-afd7-5e44bf5157f7 ro quiet splash vt.handoff=7
Renderer: Unknown
SourcePackage: xorg
Symptom: display
UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to natty on 2011-04-29 (0 days ago) 04/09/2009
dmi.bios.vendor: American Megatrends Inc.
dmi.bios.version: V9.5
dmi.board.asset.tag: To Be Filled By O.E.M. MS-7309
dmi.board.vendor: MSI
dmi.board.version: 1.0
dmi.chassis.asset.tag: To Be Filled By O.E.M.
dmi.chassis.type: 3
dmi.chassis.vendor: To Be Filled By O.E.M.
dmi.chassis.version: To Be Filled By O.E.M.
dmi.modalias: dmi:bvnAmericanMegatrendsInc.:bvrV9.5:bd04/09/2009:svnMSI:pnMS-7309:pvr1.0:rvnMSI:rnMS-7309:rvr1.0:cvnToBeFilledByO.E.M.:ct3:cvrToBeFilledByO.E.M.: MS-7309
dmi.product.version: 1.0
dmi.sys.vendor: MSI
version.compiz: compiz 1:0.9.4+bzr20110415-0ubuntu2
version.libdrm2: libdrm2 2.4.23-1ubuntu6
version.libgl1-mesa-dri: libgl1-mesa-dri 7.10.2-0ubuntu2
version.libgl1-mesa-dri-experimental: libgl1-mesa-dri-experimental N/A
version.libgl1-mesa-glx: libgl1-mesa-glx 7.10.2-0ubuntu2
version.nvidia-graphics-drivers: nvidia-graphics-drivers N/A
version.xserver-xorg: xserver-xorg 1:7.6+4ubuntu3
version.xserver-xorg-video-ati: xserver-xorg-video-ati 1:6.14.0-0ubuntu4
version.xserver-xorg-video-intel: xserver-xorg-video-intel 2:2.14.0-4ubuntu7
version.xserver-xorg-video-nouveau: xserver-xorg-video-nouveau 1:0.0.16+git20110107+b795ca6e-0ubuntu7

Connor Wood (connorwood71) wrote :
Connor Wood (connorwood71) wrote :

As it seems, if I don't start Empathy, this bug does not occur in the session.

affects: ubuntu → empathy (Ubuntu)
Connor Wood (connorwood71) wrote :

It turns out that isn't the case either. I have just experienced the problem again, in gedit, after having just mounted a volume sdb. These two events may or may not be related, however mounting the volume had no effect yesterday, so it is doubtful this is the cause, however Empathy hasn't been open at all today.

affects: empathy (Ubuntu) → ubuntu
vijay (vijay-calmet) wrote :

Ditto Symptoms - I have the same problem.
Clean Natty install today. Nvidia driver (Although, apparently due to a jockey bug, it claims not to be in use, although it actually IS).

Connor Wood (connorwood71) wrote :

It is mostly when running Empathy and Evolution, but yesterday I noticed it once when neither were running. It is definitely linked to them both, however, from what I can tell.

vijay (vijay-calmet) wrote :

I have seen the white-out-on-Increase-size in many apps, including Banshee, Movie player (Could not go full-screen), and Firefox.

I saw an Internet board posting that said this works if you revert to Version 173 of the Nvidia (Additional Driver).
(Needs reboot).
I have done that, and so far so good - Window resizing seems to be working!

vijay (vijay-calmet) wrote :

Giving credit where due - The posting containing the "173" recommendation was by "jluz7" at
Message #3.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in ubuntu:
status: New → Confirmed
tags: added: precise
Nicholas Skaggs (nskaggs) wrote :

This seems to have creeped up again while running precise, I'm running version 173 of the nvidia driver

tags: removed: natty
sztomi (szelei.t) wrote :

This happens to me on 12.10. And also blank windows - not just visually blank, you can actually see through them, i.e. if you move them, the image you see is not frozen, also you can click through.

Alexander Bender (phthano) wrote :

This happens to me on 12.04 LTS.

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