parts of screen not being drawn

asked 2013-07-31 05:16:59 -0500

stevetnz gravatar image

updated 2014-09-29 00:03:40 -0500

mether gravatar image

Sometimes I have a problem where an activated menu (e.g. Alt-B for Bookmarks menu in Firefox) stops working; instead the area of the screen where the menu would appear turns black. The menu appears to be there but invisible, as up/down arrows allow blind selection of items.

Could it be a hardware or memory problem? Computer is 4 years old. I thought the upgrade to F19 would fix it after experiencing problem in F17, but alas no.

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It's difficult to say without more information. What graphics card do you have? It is a laptop or desktop? What graphics driver are you using (ie, default Fedora drivers, or proprietary drivers from NVIDIA/ATI)? Does it happen just in Firefox or for all applications? Are you using GNOME or another desktop environment? Using any custom themes? Try also having a look in the relevant log files (eg, ~/.xsession-errors, /var/log/Xorg.*). It might also be worthwhile running memtest86, see

jamielinux gravatar imagejamielinux ( 2013-07-31 08:23:39 -0500 )edit

Thanks. It's an HP desktop, about 4 years old. Once it starts, it seems to affect other applications too, e.g. starting a terminal produces just a black box on the screen.

stevetnz gravatar imagestevetnz ( 2013-07-31 23:34:05 -0500 )edit

lspci|grep -i vga

00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 82G33/G31 Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 10) > glxinfo|grep render direct rendering: Yes OpenGL renderer string: Mesa DRI Intel(R) G33

stevetnz gravatar imagestevetnz ( 2013-07-31 23:34:36 -0500 )edit

The problems with windows getting black are known, there are several bugs open/closed: . You can search bugzilla if someone reported your symṕtoms, or even open a new bug and attach a screenshot, but the chances it gets fixed are very small unless you are very persistent. I had several same type-old workstations with that problem (started with Fedora 19, Fedora 16-18 were fine).

marcindulak gravatar imagemarcindulak ( 2013-08-01 12:34:20 -0500 )edit