Window Control Buttons Have Disappeared

Asked by Kenny Buraker on 2011-04-25

I installed the latest Kernel release this morning and rebooted. Now I have no Window control buttons. It would be greatly appreciated if anyone has knowledge for a fix.

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Can you give the output of:

sudo lshw -C display; lsb_release -a


Kenny Buraker (majesticview94) said : #2

kenny@kenny-desktop:~$ sudo lshw -C
[sudo] password for kenny:
Hardware Lister (lshw) - B.02.14
usage: lshw [-format] [-options ...]
       lshw -version

 -version print program version (B.02.14)

format can be
 -html output hardware tree as HTML
 -xml output hardware tree as XML
 -short output hardware paths
 -businfo output bus information

options can be
 -class CLASS only show a certain class of hardware
 -C CLASS same as '-class CLASS'
 -c CLASS same as '-class CLASS'
 -disable TEST disable a test (like pci, isapnp, cpuid, etc. )
 -enable TEST enable a test (like pci, isapnp, cpuid, etc. )
 -quiet don't display status
 -sanitize sanitize output (remove sensitive information like serial numbers, etc.)
 -numeric output numeric IDs (for PCI, USB, etc.)

kenny@kenny-desktop:~$ lsb_release -a
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 10.04.2 LTS
Release: 10.04
Codename: lucid

Why are you butchering the command?? If you run the command as I gave it you would get the desired output. If you start messing around and breaking up (and in this case rREMOVING sections of the command), you can break your OS

COPY the command as ONE and paste to the terminal, press ENTER and it WILL work. This is why I give the EXACT command


Kenny Buraker (majesticview94) said : #4

First, I am very new to Ubuntu and like all new things, it takes time to learn. I had no intention of butchering your the command. My interpretation was that it was two separate commands. The following is the command as requested:

       description: VGA compatible controller
       product: NV34 [GeForce FX 5200]
       vendor: nVidia Corporation
       physical id: 0
       bus info: pci@0000:01:00.0
       version: a1
       width: 32 bits
       clock: 66MHz
       capabilities: pm agp agp-3.0 bus_master cap_list rom
       configuration: driver=nvidia latency=248 maxlatency=1 mingnt=5
       resources: irq:16 memory:fd000000-fdffffff memory:f0000000-f7ffffff(prefetchable) memory:fea00000-fea1ffff(prefetchable)
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 10.04.2 LTS
Release: 10.04
Codename: lucid

ok if you press ALT+F2 and run:

metacity --replace

they should return. You can then find guides to tweak the OS and run:

compiz --replace

To rerun the effects.

Kenny Buraker (majesticview94) said : #6

Thank you very much for your assistance.