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Black Windows in Gnome 3 (suddenly)

asked 2013-09-25 06:52:32 -0500

Jmlevick gravatar image

updated 2014-09-30 15:06:31 -0500

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I've been having this problem for a while now; The problem is, when I'm using GTK apps such as GIMP or Firefox, suddenly these apps start to have black menus and sub windows, and then, when I open other app, such app it's fully black. Restarting the shell results in a GNOME crash, so I have to either log out with "Ctrl + Alt + Backspace" or reboot the computer to get normal apps again. A screenshot of the problem:

I don't know what might be causing this, and it's completely random as far as I've experienced. I do not have propietary drivers installed on this system, my lspci it's here:

Kernel: 3.11.1-200.fc19.x86_64 (fedora 19)

Any ideas?

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Thanks, that seems relevant to this issue. What I don't know is if I have to create a 10-intel.conf as the guy that reports that bug or a 20-intel.conf as the ArchWiki recommends. Also I'm not sure if my card it's compatible with SNA or I have to set that option to UXA. For the moment, I'll create the same file as the one in the bug report and test to see if the problem dissapears. In the meantime I'll be waiting for more answers :)

Jmlevick gravatar imageJmlevick ( 2013-09-25 13:59:47 -0500 )edit

the actual name of the file does not matter; any *.conf files in /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/ will be included.

randomuser gravatar imagerandomuser ( 2013-10-19 15:41:24 -0500 )edit

Yep, someone already told me at bugzilla ;)

Jmlevick gravatar imageJmlevick ( 2013-10-19 19:21:26 -0500 )edit

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answered 2013-10-19 11:48:36 -0500

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As marcindulak pointed out in a comment, this bug report it's relevant for the issue, and a fix it's posted there:

I'll tell you what to do:

1) su -  
2) touch /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/10-intel.conf    
3) gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/10-intel.conf

and in that file we have to put te following:

Section "Device"
    Identifier "Intel Graphics"
    Driver "intel"
    Option "AccelMethod" "sna"

We save, reboot and problem solved! at least in my case. There are some cards where the SNA acceleration method it's not supported, so if you still having the problem after this, just change "sna" for "uxa" in the file we've just created.

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