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[Bug 902670] [NEW] blank (white) desktop, no icons, no windows


Public bug reported:

When I start a regular Ubuntu session, the left black/gray (launcher?)
bar shows, but no icons. Mouse-over flashes 'tooltip' descriptions of
what should be there, but otherwise nothing.

The top 'tray' bar shows with its proper icons.

The main desktop area is dead white. No display of anything except the
pointer cursor.

With that situation, I can't even shut down Ubuntu properly, because
even if I click "Shutdown" on the top bar (that dropdown menu displays
okay), the next thing to be seen should be a dialog asking to confirm.
It might be there - mouse-over causes some kind of cursor changes - but
it's invisible. So I'm forced to completely reboot.

Under 2D, I called up the terminal and ran unity --reset. That caused
the screen to blank out as above. I've also tried
/usr/lib/nux/unity_support_test -p, but that simply says that there's no
problem found.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.10
Package: compiz 1:0.9.6+bzr20110929-0ubuntu6
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.0.0-14.23-generic 3.0.9
Uname: Linux 3.0.0-14-generic i686
ApportVersion: 1.23-0ubuntu4
Architecture: i386
CompizPlugins: No value set for `/apps/compiz-1/general/screen0/options/active_plugins'
CompositorRunning: None
Date: Sat Dec 10 17:01:27 2011
DistUpgraded: Log time: 2011-10-16 07:53:39.292661
DistroCodename: oneiric
DistroVariant: ubuntu
 nVidia Corporation NV37GL [Quadro FX 330/GeForce PCX 5300] [10de:00fc] (rev a2) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
   Subsystem: Micro-Star International Co., Ltd. Device [1462:9681]
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 10.10 "Maverick Meerkat" - Release i386 (20101007)
MachineType: MEDIONPC MS-7046
PackageArchitecture: all
 PATH=(custom, no user)
ProcKernelCmdLine: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-14-generic root=UUID=038b1c8e-ea02-4e43-b619-3a2e3ed4fbdc ro quiet splash vt.handoff=7
SourcePackage: compiz
UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to oneiric on 2011-10-16 (55 days ago)
dmi.bios.date: 08/31/2004
dmi.bios.vendor: Phoenix Technologies, LTD
dmi.bios.version: 6.00 PG
dmi.board.name: MS-7046
dmi.chassis.type: 3
dmi.modalias: dmi:bvnPhoenixTechnologies,LTD:bvr6.00PG:bd08/31/2004:svnMEDIONPC:pnMS-7046:pvr:rvnMICRO-STARINTERNATIONALCO.,LTD:rnMS-7046:rvr:cvn:ct3:cvr:
dmi.product.name: MS-7046
dmi.sys.vendor: MEDIONPC
version.compiz: compiz 1:0.9.6+bzr20110929-0ubuntu6
version.libdrm2: libdrm2 2.4.26-1ubuntu1
version.libgl1-mesa-dri: libgl1-mesa-dri 7.11-0ubuntu3
version.libgl1-mesa-dri-experimental: libgl1-mesa-dri-experimental N/A
version.libgl1-mesa-glx: libgl1-mesa-glx 7.11-0ubuntu3
version.xserver-xorg: xserver-xorg 1:7.6+7ubuntu7
version.xserver-xorg-input-evdev: xserver-xorg-input-evdev 1:2.6.0-1ubuntu13
version.xserver-xorg-video-ati: xserver-xorg-video-ati 1:6.14.99~git20110811.g93fc084-0ubuntu1
version.xserver-xorg-video-intel: xserver-xorg-video-intel 2:2.15.901-1ubuntu2.1
version.xserver-xorg-video-nouveau: xserver-xorg-video-nouveau 1:0.0.16+git20110411+8378443-1

** Affects: compiz (Ubuntu)
     Importance: Undecided
         Status: New

** Tags: apport-bug i386 oneiric regression-update running-unity ubuntu

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