On saturday evening I thought to myself "what the heck". I will install ubuntu 11.04 as it was out of beta and for once in my life be up-to-date with my os. The side-bar takes a little getting used to and seems a little slow for my liking; however i am sure that it can be configured. The global menu (which take over the role of menu bar for whichever program rules a particular screen is, in my opinion a brilliant idea and overall there is a lot more screen real-estate available for use compare with Windows.
I do however have one small gripe and it concerns logging back into the narwhal after hibernation or sleep. Firstly, the login screen appears as a garbled mishmash of colours(like a 5 year old on lsd trying to copy a rembrandt) but this is just a mild annoyance as I can still enter my login password and access the system without trouble.
The second issue is after I have logged in. The global menu bar at the top as well as the side bar look as though they are made of iron filings and someone has gone over them with a magnet. The rest of the screen is fine and i can run programs without hindrance. I just can't see the bar at the top.
I have a solution to this, but it is only temporary. I know that in the top right corner is the power button, so even if i can't see it i can still click it and select system settings; then go to monitors and select a new resolution before reverting back the correct resolution.
Has anyone else experienced a similar problem with ubuntu 11.04 and if so, what was your solution? Is the problem specific to this release of ubuntu as it has changed to the Unity desktop, away from gnome; or is it more particular to Nvidia who produce my graphics card. I really can't be bothered trying to remember the model right now, however it is the standard part in an HP a6305.uk tower from about 3 years ago.
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