Unity desktop flickers and is unusable

Bug #963927 reported by Hanine HAMZIOUI on 2012-03-24
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This bug affects 4 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
unity (Ubuntu)
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Bug Description

After today's updates (mainly Unity 2D updates) my Unity desktop is broken.
Either I cannit log in an the screen freezes on the wallpaper without rendering the desktop (panel, launcher...) or if I succeed to log in, the desktop flickers (it's like the desktop is being redisplayed / rendered every 1/2 second, making it impossible to use menus, launcher .....etc).

Unity 2D works fine, a well as Gnome classic without effects.

System: Laptop AMD64 (Precise updated).

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 12.04
Package: unity 5.8.0-0ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.2.0-20.32-generic 3.2.12
Uname: Linux 3.2.0-20-generic x86_64
.tmp.unity.support.test.0:

ApportVersion: 1.95-0ubuntu1
Architecture: amd64
CompizPlugins: [core,bailer,detection,composite,opengl,compiztoolbox,decor,vpswitch,resize,obs,regex,move,snap,place,imgpng,mousepoll,gnomecompat,grid,session,animation,workarounds,wall,expo,ezoom,staticswitcher,fade,scale,unityshell]
CompositorRunning: compiz
Date: Sat Mar 24 15:23:17 2012
DistUpgraded: 2012-03-02 05:31:09,955 DEBUG enabling apt cron job
DistroCodename: precise
DistroVariant: ubuntu
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 11.10 "Oneiric Ocelot" - Release amd64 (20111012)
MachineType: Dell Inc. Dell System XPS L502X
ProcKernelCmdLine: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-20-generic root=UUID=24540d0f-5803-493c-ace9-e3b3c0cedb26 ro quiet splash vt.handoff=7
SourcePackage: unity
UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to precise on 2012-03-02 (22 days ago)
dmi.bios.date: 07/20/2011
dmi.bios.vendor: Dell Inc.
dmi.bios.version: A06
dmi.board.name: 0YR8NN
dmi.board.vendor: Dell Inc.
dmi.board.version: A00
dmi.chassis.type: 8
dmi.chassis.vendor: Dell Inc.
dmi.chassis.version: 0.1
dmi.modalias: dmi:bvnDellInc.:bvrA06:bd07/20/2011:svnDellInc.:pnDellSystemXPSL502X:pvr:rvnDellInc.:rn0YR8NN:rvrA00:cvnDellInc.:ct8:cvr0.1:
dmi.product.name: Dell System XPS L502X
dmi.sys.vendor: Dell Inc.
version.compiz: compiz 1:0.9.7.2-0ubuntu1
version.ia32-libs: ia32-libs N/A
version.libdrm2: libdrm2 2.4.32-1ubuntu1
version.libgl1-mesa-dri: libgl1-mesa-dri 8.0.2-0ubuntu2
version.libgl1-mesa-dri-experimental: libgl1-mesa-dri-experimental N/A
version.libgl1-mesa-glx: libgl1-mesa-glx 8.0.2-0ubuntu2
version.xserver-xorg-core: xserver-xorg-core 2:1.11.4-0ubuntu7
version.xserver-xorg-input-evdev: xserver-xorg-input-evdev 1:2.7.0-0ubuntu1
version.xserver-xorg-video-ati: xserver-xorg-video-ati 1:6.14.99~git20111219.aacbd629-0ubuntu2
version.xserver-xorg-video-intel: xserver-xorg-video-intel 2:2.17.0-1ubuntu4
version.xserver-xorg-video-nouveau: xserver-xorg-video-nouveau 1:0.0.16+git20111201+b5534a1-1build2

Hanine HAMZIOUI (hanynowsky) wrote :
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

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

Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Biblioclasta (biblioclasta) wrote :

Running unity --reset in a terminal fixed the problen for me.

Daniel van Vugt (vanvugt) wrote :

Thank you for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better. This particular bug has already been reported and is a duplicate of bug 963093, so it is being marked as such. Please look at the other bug report to see if there is any missing information that you can provide, or to see if there is a workaround for the bug. Additionally, any further discussion regarding the bug should occur in the other report. Feel free to continue to report any other bugs you may find.

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