Unity bar keeps popping up; no icons

Bug #797168 reported by bnovc on 2011-06-14
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
unity (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: unity

Every few characters that I type and every time I click on any window, the Unity search box pops up. All of the icons in my Unity bar are also missing. My computer is not usable in this state.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.04
Package: unity 3.8.12-0ubuntu1
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: Tue Jun 14 07:38:49 2011
DistUpgraded: Log time: 2011-05-02 07:31:24.377252
DistroCodename: natty
DistroVariant: ubuntu
 nVidia Corporation G86 [Quadro NVS 290] [10de:042f] (rev a1) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
   Subsystem: nVidia Corporation Device [10de:0492]
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 10.04 LTS "Lucid Lynx" - Release i386 (20100429)
InstallationMedia_: Ubuntu 10.04 LTS "Lucid Lynx" - Release i386 (20100429)
InstallationMedia__: Ubuntu 10.04 LTS "Lucid Lynx" - Release i386 (20100429)
 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: Dell Inc. Precision WorkStation T3400
 PATH=(custom, user)
ProcKernelCmdLine: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.38-8-generic-pae root=UUID=700a4a8d-ecb0-4a18-90a5-5ef9c7185dc3 ro quiet splash vt.handoff=7
ProcVersionSignature_: Ubuntu 2.6.38-8.42-generic-pae
ProcVersionSignature__: Ubuntu 2.6.38-8.42-generic-pae
Renderer: Unknown
SourcePackage: unity
UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to natty on 2011-05-02 (42 days ago)
dmi.bios.date: 08/14/2008
dmi.bios.vendor: Dell Inc.
dmi.bios.version: A08
dmi.board.name: 0TP412
dmi.board.vendor: Dell Inc.
dmi.chassis.type: 7
dmi.chassis.vendor: Dell Inc.
dmi.modalias: dmi:bvnDellInc.:bvrA08:bd08/14/2008:svnDellInc.:pnPrecisionWorkStationT3400:pvr:rvnDellInc.:rn0TP412:rvr:cvnDellInc.:ct7:cvr:
dmi.product.name: Precision WorkStation T3400
dmi.sys.vendor: Dell Inc.
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 2:2.14.0-4ubuntu7.1
version.xserver-xorg-video-nouveau: xserver-xorg-video-nouveau 1:0.0.16+git20110107+b795ca6e-0ubuntu7

bnovc (anthony-bnovc) wrote :
Harry van Haaren (harryhaaren) wrote :

Hi, what keyboard layout are you using? Reason to ask is perhaps the <super> key is mapped to the wrong key/s. That would explain the unwanted occuring of an otherwise working feature.

As for the icons missing, could you provide a screenshot please? Will hopefully help in finding the problem.

Changed in unity:
status: New → Incomplete
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
bnovc (anthony-bnovc) wrote :

I rebooted and it went away.

I am using an English/American keyboard layout. The Windows key normally works fine, as does unity.

Omer Akram (om26er) wrote :

closing since the reporter does not face this issue any more, as it was a one time glitch

Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Invalid
Changed in unity:
status: Incomplete → Invalid
Andrew Green (andyg54321) wrote :

Woke up this morning and my computer was doing this. Like the original poster everything normally works fine.

Pressing the <super> key popped up the search box and cleared up the search box misbehavior.

The Unity Bar remains broken. If I move the mouse pointer slowly over the Unity bar tool tips will pop up for the icons that should be there, but the mouse pointer is way lower than what it should be and the tips appear displaced up from the cursor by several hundred pixels, but still lower than normal I think. Right-clicking while the tool tip is visible brings up the normal UB menu. Holding the left button while the tool tip was present displayed the icon under the cursor ready for repositioning as normal. No other icons were visible to reposition against and letting go the icon disappeared. Repeating the moving process with another icon the first icon became visible at the top of the bar and the two would interact normally, although appeared ghostly. These two icons now respond normally (in terms of mouse -> tool tip -> menu and grabbing positions). Other tool tips continue to appear in offset lower positions.

I'm running the 64-bit version of Ubuntu. I'll leave my computer in this state for awhile so please let me know of you need more info. I'll attach screenshots.

In the second screenshot the bottom question mark icon does not interact, but the top two do, they are the ones I rearranged.

Omer Akram (om26er) wrote :

Andrew Green, Could you please report a new bug. From the description of the original bug and the fact there was no screenshot attached to this bug we cannot assume you are facing the same issue as the original reporter. Hope you understand.

bnovc (anthony-bnovc) wrote :

Looks identical to me or at least close enough that my description still fits.

Andrew Green (andyg54321) wrote :

I was having the exact same behavior as originally described in this bug, which is why I found it. I just continued to explore it a little more and added these additional details in case it helps.

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