Open Office display malfunctioning under Ubuntu
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Susan Welsh  Identity Verified
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I have OOo 3.0.1 on Linux Ubuntu (the Ubuntu was installed relatively recently; before that, I had Debian). The OOo display is so disrupted (in Writer and Calc) that I can't use this anymore for anything important. Sentences appear on top of one another, or vanish temporarily; in Calc, cells appear on top of one another. It seems that everything is actually "there": if I keep going and enter the document, then go back into it, it seems to be okay (for the moment, at least). I reinstalled OOo and did a rain dance and googled and all the usual things one does, but it's still the same. I suspect the problem is not with OOo, but either with Ubuntu, my monitor settings, or something else I am unaware of.

Has anybody had such a problem?

Thanks,
Susan


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Robert Tucker
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Are you using the Ubuntu version of OpenOffice or one downloaded directly from www.oooforum.org or have you tried both? Have you tried deleting the hidden directory /home/<username>/.openoffice.org (save a back-up if necessary, of course) and re-installing?

Don't forget the OpenOffice forums:

http://www.oooforum.org
http://user.services.openoffice.org

There are many Linux users on those and probably many OpenOffice users on the Ubuntu forums.


[Edited at 2009-09-05 12:32 GMT]


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To Robert Sep 5, 2009

Well, the answer to all your questions is "yes, sort of." I am not a Linux geek--my son installed it for me and then went off to college, and I'm trying to learn. I reinstalled from the Ubuntu distro the other day, with no change. I think before that it was installed from the website, but I'm not sure, will have to ask him.

I googled around on these OOo support forums, but not very systematically, and wasn't even sure what to search for. I believe I used "open office display malfunction ubuntu."

I'm pretty sure it's not an OOo problem, since reinstalling did not help.

Thanks for your suggestions, and when I have a little time I will follow them more systematically.

Susan


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Robert Tucker
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I found this thread:

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1221326

So another thing you might try is turning Compiz off, if you have it running. See:

http://www.techotopia.com/index.php/Ubuntu_Desktop_Visual_Effects

I also came across this web page:

http://forlong.blogage.de/entries/2008/1/6/Compiz-Switch---an-easy-way-to-switch-Compiz-off-and-on

I occasionally (used to) have minor display problems (on Fedora) which I clear(ed) by dragging OpenOffice almost completely off-screen and then back.


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Looks good Sep 6, 2009

Thanks so much, Robert, for taking the time to dig up those links for me. I really don't know how to find these things very well.

I have done the first thing on your list, disabling visual effects, and as far as I can tell so far, it's working. But of course, the problems never occur when you're trying to test a solution!

My son (guru) also said your solution of dragging OOo nearly off the screen is a good thing to try. You can also minimize and maximize the screen, or move "page up" then "page down"--anything to force the screen to "redraw" the content.
(Of course, he wasn't answering my pleas for help until I forwarded your suggestions to him! He's 20 years old and is mainly too busy, at the beginning of his second year in college, to deal with his mother's computer ignorance.)

Susan


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