[SOLVEDish] My windows gadgets have vanished! (minimize etc)

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[SOLVEDish] My windows gadgets have vanished! (minimize etc)

Postby Opal on Sat Jun 27, 2009 1:45 pm

Hi. I installed Linux Mint 7 for the first time a couple of days ago and so far I'm liking it very much. I managed to get my wireless nic working using ndiswrapper and found out how to save my screen resolution to X when the Nvidia display settings utility told me it couldn't do it (I had to launch the utility from the the terminal with sudo access).

Anyway, my next hurdle is a lot simpler but I can't figure what I've done to cause it! After fiddling with some of the Compiz desktop/window effects, my window gadgets have vanished (close, minimize, full-screen etc that usually appear in the top right corner of each window).

Any idea what I must do to get them back?

Thanks in advance.
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Re: My windows gadgets have vanished! (minimize, close etc)

Postby pluraldave on Sat Jun 27, 2009 2:43 pm

Compiz config settings manager > effects > windows decorations most likely.
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Re: My windows gadgets have vanished! (minimize, close etc)

Postby Opal on Sat Jun 27, 2009 3:22 pm

Thanks for the reply but I can't see anything there that helps.

I also noticed that I can't drag windows around either, they're stuck. I checked and I have "move window" enabled in the Compiz settings manager. What a pallava, I really hope I don't have to re-install.
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Re: My windows gadgets have vanished! (minimize, close etc)

Postby pluraldave on Sat Jun 27, 2009 6:02 pm

You can't move the windows because you have no window decorator to grab. If you hold alt you can drag the windows without a decorator.

Is the (window decorator) box I indicated in my first post ticked? If you go into the options for it what does the "command" line say?

Is the problem persistent after loging in/out or rebooting?
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Re: My windows gadgets have vanished! (minimize, close etc)

Postby Opal on Sat Jun 27, 2009 6:16 pm

Thanks again for the reply.

I checked again and the window decoration box is ticked. The command entry says "/usr/bin/compiz-decorator".

Logging out/in/rebooting seems to make no difference.
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Re: My windows gadgets have vanished! (minimize, close etc)

Postby Opal on Sun Jun 28, 2009 11:45 am

Still no luck, I've no idea what's causing the problem. I've even looked at a fully-working installation and ticked the exact same boxes in the configuration settings.

Looks like a reinstall, over something so trivial. Deary me. :(
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Re: My windows gadgets have vanished! (minimize, close etc)

Postby richyrich on Sun Jun 28, 2009 11:54 am

If you disable 'Desktop Effects" at least you'll get your windows back.
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Re: My windows gadgets have vanished! (minimize, close etc)

Postby ashwinhgtx on Sun Jun 28, 2009 1:31 pm

Disable desktop effects. Or try setting it at 'normal' from the Appearance Preferences window you get by right clicking the desktop.
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Re: My windows gadgets have vanished! (minimize, close etc)

Postby Opal on Mon Jun 29, 2009 7:07 am

Thanks again for the replies.

"If you disable 'Desktop Effects" at least you'll get your windows back."

By "Desktop effects" do you mean the "effects" group of settings in the Compiz config settings manager? If so, unticking the ones selected has made no difference.

"Disable desktop effects. Or try setting it at 'normal' from the Appearance Preferences window you get by right clicking the desktop."

When I right-click the desktop I don't see an option for "Appearance Preferences".
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Re: My windows gadgets have vanished! (minimize, close etc)

Postby pluraldave on Mon Jun 29, 2009 7:25 am

Right click -> Change desktop background -> Visual Effects
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Re: My windows gadgets have vanished! (minimize, close etc)

Postby Opal on Mon Jun 29, 2009 8:16 am

Fantastic, after disabling the effects my window gadgets have returned!

I'm very pleased with this, the computer is much easier to use now but I do miss the 3d cube effect. Nevermind though, it's not as important to me as visible windows gadgets.

Thanks again.

Edit: I've renamed the thread title to show that my problem is semi-resolved. I'll keep trying to figure how to enable the desktop effects without causing my gadgets to disappear and if anyone has any advice on this I'd appreciate any further help.
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Re: [SOLVEDish] My windows gadgets have vanished! (minimize etc)

Postby pluraldave on Mon Jun 29, 2009 12:59 pm

Try setting it to a higher level of effects (normal/extra) and then customise it to swap the desktop wall for the desktop cube.
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