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Windows are invisible

Post by tkocou » Mon May 01, 2017 7:51 am

Yesterday, I switched from the MATE desktop to the Cinnamon desktop while upgrading from Mint 17.3 to Mint 18.1. For the most part, I've been pleasantly surprised by the smoothness of Cinnamon. However, somehow the windows became invisible. I would start a program like the file manager and while the bottom task bar showed the program running, the window was not displayed. Just to be sure, I click on the task bar icon several time. I saw the expanding and contracting from the icon, just no window when expanded. I logged out and re-logged in. The problem was fixed. So, any suggestions as to what might cause this weird situation? Any suggestions on what to do besides logging out / logging in?

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Re: Windows are invisible

Post by Moem » Mon May 01, 2017 8:20 am

How did you upgrade, and how did you switch desktop environments? Was this a clean installation?
Did the problem ever come back, after logging out and in fixed it?

If your issue is solved, kindly indicate that by editing the first post in the topic, and adding [SOLVED] to the title. Thanks!

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Re: Windows are invisible

Post by tkocou » Tue May 02, 2017 11:17 pm

It was a clean install from a Linux Mint 18.1 Cinnamon DVD. And it has not manifest itself yet (again).I wish I could reproduce it so that a proper problem report could be filed. I was curious if anyone else experienced the problem.

When I started the project, I did the usual home directory data backup. I then "merged" the data onto the new home directory while being careful not to overwrite the "new" home directory configurations. That way the exisring firefox bookmarks were transferred, etc., etc. without breaking the important Cinnamon settings. The old MATE settings were discarded.

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Re: Windows are invisible

Post by CNC Martin » Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:10 am

I having the same problems. Mainly after using Firefox and jumping many times to different windows. The programs running and the window are seen just like a water mark at my desktop background picture. The visibilty is so bad that you can not controll anyting and shut down just with ctrl-alt-F2 and run the command sudo shutdown now. After reboot the computer is working normal until the next freeze.
Anybody can help?
System: Host: ............ Kernel: 4.4.0-116-generic x86_64 (64 bit gcc: 5.4.0)
Desktop: Cinnamon 3.2.7 (Gtk 3.18.9-1ubuntu3.3) dm: mdm Distro: Linux Mint 18.1 Serena
Machine: Mobo: ASUSTeK model: H110M-PLUS v: Rev X.0x Bios: American Megatrends v: 1802 date: 05/19/2016
CPU: Dual core Intel Core i3-6100 (-HT-MCP-) cache: 3072 KB
flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 14785
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ID-2: /home size: 902G used: 617G (73%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda3
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RAID: System: supported: N/A
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Unused Devices: none
Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 29.8C mobo: 27.8C
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deb-src http: // xenial main
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deb http: // serena main upstream import backport
deb http: // xenial main restricted universe multiverse
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deb http: // xenial partner
Active apt sources in file: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/skype-stable.list
deb [arch=amd64] https: // stable main
Info: Processes: 178 Uptime: 46 min Memory: 1596.4/3845.7MB
Init: systemd v: 229 runlevel: 5 default: 2 Gcc sys: 5.4.0
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