Screen magnifier not working properly in GDM

Bug #594145 reported by Svein Tore on 2010-06-14
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This bug affects 6 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
gdm
Expired
Medium
gdm (Ubuntu)
Low
Unassigned

Bug Description

Binary package hint: gdm

When enabling the screen magnifier it will only show the wallpaper magnified. The login box or other buttons will not show in the magnified area. Since the accessibility button is on the right side, covered by the magnified area it's impossible to turn of screen magnification again since it won't show in the magnified area (clicking the spot where it should've been is not possible either). I am using a fresh install of ubuntu lucid with latest updates.

Using Intel945GMA with default driver.

How can I at least turn it off again?

I've been looking in gconf under /apps/gdm/simple-greeter/accessibility as both my user and root, but all options are set to false. I guess they're set as the "gdm" user to which I have no access.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 10.04
Package: gdm 2.30.0-0ubuntu5
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.32-22.36-generic 2.6.32.11+drm33.2
Uname: Linux 2.6.32-22-generic i686
Architecture: i386
Date: Mon Jun 14 15:48:58 2010
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 10.04 "Lucid Lynx" - Release Candidate i386 (20100419.1)
ProcEnviron:
 LANGUAGE=nb_NO:nb:no_NO:no:nn_NO:nn:en
 LANG=nb_NO.utf8
 SHELL=/bin/bash
SourcePackage: gdm

Svein Tore (sveint) wrote :
Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

Thank you for your bug report. The issue is an upstream one and it would be nice if somebody having it could send the bug the to the people writting the software (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Bugs/Upstream/GNOME)

Changed in gdm (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
Svein Tore (sveint) wrote :

Ok, I will file it there.

I also figured out how to fix it, I just logged into another console (Alt+Ctrl F1) while in GDM. There I wrote "sudo killall magnifier", and after that I could access the settings again and turn it off.

Changed in gdm:
status: Unknown → New
Pedro Villavicencio (pedro) wrote :

thanks for sent it upstream.

Changed in gdm (Ubuntu):
status: New → Triaged
John Baptist (jepst79) wrote :

This bug should not be marked Triaged. Yes, the magnifier can be killed once it's started (through another terminal), but it still doesn't work, and is therefore still useless to people with impaired vision.

Changed in gdm (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Confirmed
Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

"triaged" means "has been confirmed and has enough informations to be worked", how is that not the case there?

Changed in gdm (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Triaged
John Baptist (jepst79) wrote :

Sorry, you're right.

Changed in gdm:
importance: Unknown → Medium
Changed in gdm:
status: New → Expired
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