Ubuntu 12.04 Launcher Autohide Issues

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by syntaxerrorsix, Sep 26, 2012.

  1. syntaxerrorsix

    syntaxerrorsix Anti-Federalist

    I've researched this for the better part of the day and I can't seem to find the cure.

    I can no longer autohide the launcher and then get it to reappear again using the mouse. I know it's there as I catch a glimpse of the animation when minimizing windows but I can no longer place the mouse on the left edge or alternately the left corner and get it to reappear. I can use the super key to bring it up.

    A recent upgrade included a new Nvidia update which doesn't appear to have changed anything. I have recently installed Docky and Wine.

    I've turned off Docky to see if that was affecting things but that doesn't appear to be the case.

    I have the Unity plugin checked under Compiz and I've lowered the reveals and sensitivities to no avail. I have tried changing these settings in My Unity and Ubuntu Tweak. I've re-installed all the packages under the package manager.

    I'm not sure what to try next. Any suggestions?

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  2. Hmm, I'm not sure on that one (I don't autohide, and just dock the side bar). I don't think Docky would make any settings changes like that, but now that I think about it, it's entirely possible. You'll probably just have to go through the settings individually, and try to figure out what it changed.

  3. syntaxerrorsix

    syntaxerrorsix Anti-Federalist

    Yep.. I've gone through everything I can think of and now I'm having problems getting it to wake up from the screen saver and other anomalies.

    I think it's time to nuke it from orbit and do a fresh install. I don't have the time, patience or knowledge to do much more than I have at this point... the learning continues.
  4. syntaxerrorsix

    syntaxerrorsix Anti-Federalist

    One thing I will always praise Ubuntu for is ease of install.

    Took all of 23 minutes to format the appropriate partition, complete a fresh install and set everything up the way I like it. I spent WAY more time trying to go through all my tweaks and search for answers on the net.
  5. I've been there, believe me... and I totally agree.

    Did you reinstall Docky, and if you did, did it result in the same problem?

  6. syntaxerrorsix

    syntaxerrorsix Anti-Federalist

    I did, the only thing I haven't re-installed was Wine. Everything is running the way it should.

    It's odd, I only installed it to play some Starcraft the day prior. Now I'm hesitant to try again :)
  7. NMGlocker

    NMGlocker BOOM headshot

    For the casual user Ubuntu/Linux is great, right up until something screws up then it's a royal PITA.
    I switched a laptop over from Win7 to Ubuntu to use as a internet surfing machine, works great with no worries about malware. But like you, I found that if something doesn't work it's time to format and reinstall.
  8. syntaxerrorsix

    syntaxerrorsix Anti-Federalist

    This is the first re-install I've done since ten point sumtin.

    I've had great luck with the forums addressing weirdo issues.

    I blame this entirely on me, I did a LOT of tweaking and meddling and broke it.

    Nothing changes I've spent a life time changing things trying to make them better :supergrin:
  9. NMGlocker

    NMGlocker BOOM headshot

    I've played with Ubuntu off and on since 9.1
    When everything works it's great, but when it's "broke" it sucks (especially if your geek days are behind you and all you want to do is plug and play).
  10. syntaxerrorsix

    syntaxerrorsix Anti-Federalist

    Honestly, I've had less issues with Ubuntu than I've had with Windows and it's almost always my fault :embarassed:

    I've never had a virus, I've been online since Christ developed the US Robotics 300 baud modem but I insist on using beta software and customizing.

    I'm not a power user, I need a word processor, spreadsheet, email and internet. I bet I'm pretty close to the majority user. Everything I need can be had for libre :supergrin:
  11. NMGlocker

    NMGlocker BOOM headshot

    Never tried to get a Dell laptop wireless card recognized by Ubuntu (pre-12.04) ehh?
    Exercise in frustration.
  12. syntaxerrorsix

    syntaxerrorsix Anti-Federalist

    Nor sir I have not :wavey:
  13. Hmm, Most of them are Broadcom's if I recall. *Most* Broadcom's work quite well starting around Ubuntu 10.04, as Ubuntu put the restricted driver and firmware in the repositories and you could easily install them via the "Additional Driver Manager"

  14. WiskyT

    WiskyT Malcontent

    When you helped me with one of my installs, one of the things you lead me through was the broadcom drivers install. I politely followed everything you told me to do, but the truth is I already knew that part. I'm pretty computer illiterate but I was able to find the broadcom solutions through a quick google search and successfully get it done on a prior occasion. I just wanted to get that off my chest:supergrin:
  15. You recall correctly, sir. You have helped me with this, as well, when I first got started with Linux on an old Dell, I believe it was with Ubuntu 10.04 too. I'm actually taking a Linux class this semester :wavey:
    #15 MySiK26, Oct 2, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2012
  16. I'm running 12.04 as a virtual machine, with Docky installed on it. Before I installed Docky, the auto-hide feature worked fine. After installing Docky, sometimes it pops out just pulling the mouse over it, and sometimes I have to keep pushing the mouse to the left to make it pop out. And sooometimes... I have to hit "super" just to make it pop out, otherwise, it stays hidden completely. I've got most of what I need down on Docky, and I've gotten used to just hitting "super" when I want the launcher. It was kind of irritating at first, but I'm over it.
  17. It's been years since I had to nuke and re-install because of a problem. Think of it as a learning experience.

    I think the reason users are so willing to do a re-install is because it's so dead easy but where's the learning curve in that?

    Back to the Broadcom issue. That was a problem with proprietary drivers and not a fault of Linux. I was the person responsible for purchasing a lot of Dell laptops, hundreds, and I never had a problem because I spec'd Intel wireless cards. lol

    Also NVidia graphics.

    Anyway, just because Ubuntu is so easy to install and configure don't give up so easy. Usually the fixes are surprisingly easy too. Google around, even if you don't find your solution you will learn a lot.
    #17 Linux3, Oct 2, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2012

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