Windows turn invisible

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kevin987
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Windows turn invisible

Post by kevin987 » Fri Mar 23, 2018 5:53 am

After about 2 hours, any new window that's supposed to show just has a grey/black outline of the window, and everything in the middle is invisible, showing what would normally be behind the window. Larger programs, like web browsers, won't render at all. Smaller ones like a file folder or pop up windows display as an outline with the invisible part in the middle. This problem doesn't happen to already established web browser or other windows already open.

The attachment shown has a folder that has the outline with invisible part in the middle. The background is my desktop background. The 2 web browsers at the bottom that I shut down and tried to open again, they won't show any outline, completely invisible.

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kev@kev-lmde-2 ~ $ inxi -Fxzd
System:    Host: kev-lmde-2 Kernel: 3.16.0-5-amd64 x86_64 (64 bit gcc: 4.8.4) 
           Desktop: Cinnamon 3.4.6 (Gtk 3.14.5+4) Distro: LinuxMint 2 betsy 
Machine:   System: Compaq-Presario product: KJ384AA-ABA SR5410F
           Mobo: MSI model: Boston v: 1.0
           Bios: Phoenix v: 5.04 date: 02/29/2008
CPU:       Dual core Intel Pentium Dual E2160 (-MCP-) cache: 1024 KB
           flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 ssse3) bmips: 7183 
           Clock Speeds: 1: 1800 MHz 2: 1200 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel 82G33/G31 Express Integrated Graphics Controller
           bus-ID: 00:02.0
           Display Server: X.Org 1.16.4 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1680x1050@59.95hz
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel G33
           GLX Version: 2.1 Mesa 10.3.2 Direct Rendering: Yes
Audio:     Card Intel NM10/ICH7 Family High Definition Audio Controller 
           driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0 
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k3.16.0-5-amd64
Network:   Card-1: Ralink RT2561/RT61 802.11g PCI
           driver: rt61pci v: 2.3.0 bus-ID: 02:00.0
           IF: wlan0 state: down mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Realtek RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller
           driver: r8169 v: 2.3LK-NAPI port: de00 bus-ID: 01:00.0
           IF: eth0 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 381.6GB (49.0% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: Hitachi_HDP72503 size: 320.1GB
           ID-2: USB /dev/sdb model: Cruzer_Glide size: 61.6GB
           Optical: /dev/sr0 model: TSST CDDVDW TS-H653N 
           rev: 0208 dev-links: cdrom,cdrw,dvd,dvdrw
           Features: speed: 40x multisession: yes
           audio: yes dvd: yes rw: cd-r,cd-rw,dvd-r,dvd-ram state: running 
Partition: ID-1: / size: 23G used: 12G (52%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda7 
           ID-2: swap-1 size: 4.28GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda5 
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 51.0C mobo: N/A 
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A 
Info:      Processes: 175 Uptime: 56 min Memory: 1231.3/3953.1MB 
           Init: SysVinit runlevel: 2 Gcc sys: 4.9.2 
           Client: Shell (bash 4.3.301) inxi: 2.1.28
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mrjimphelps
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Re: Windows turn invisible

Post by mrjimphelps » Fri Mar 23, 2018 9:07 am

Create a Linux Live flash drive with persistent storage, which exactly matches what you have installed on your hard drive: Same distro, same version, same bittedness (32-bit vs. 64-bit), and boot to it. See if the problem happens there as well.

If the problem persists, then there could be a hardware problem; if you have never updated the video driver in your installed copy of Linux, then it could be a driver problem.

If the problem does not occur in Linux Live, then perhaps something got corrupted or stepped on in your installed copy of Linux. Or, if you have updated your video driver since installing Linux on your hard drive, go back to the video driver which came with your installed copy of Linux.

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