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Old 12-09-2012, 08:12 PM   #1
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X11 window focus issues


I've been having issues with window focusing, especially during mouse interaction. Regardless of what window manager I'm using, what mouse I'm using, or what linux distro/installation I'm using (this has happened in backtrack and ubuntu liveCDs, and now my recent Arch Linux install is doing it as well), I'm rarely able to change window focus in any form of the X11 window system on this machine.

The issue seems to mainly occur when a text input of any kind is selected, be it an HTML text box, a terminal window, etc. and renders me completely unable to interact with other objects in the window environment unless they are within the same window, and even then I'm only able to change the active control using the Tab key, and further on that, some objects still don't work when selected. Is this an issue with x11's default configuration in relation to my computer, or is it my hardware that's causing the issue?

Mind me if I'm not providing enough information, it's been a good 3 years since i've used Linux, and I've never had any issues with the x11 window system before - if there's any information you need, let me know and I'll (try to) get it to you.

Thanks in advance.

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Old 12-09-2012, 08:42 PM   #2
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Interesting... so let me get this straight...

You cannot change focus (using mouse, alt+tab or any other way) to another window? Does this change over time or are you stuck and have to reboot? Are you able to alt+F1 to a console? If so does it show errors pertaining to the window manager?

What happens when you open a new program? Does the focus move to that new program window?

And this is across multiple distros? Are you using live distros?

What GFX chip do you have in there?
 
Old 12-09-2012, 09:15 PM   #3
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Interesting... so let me get this straight...

You cannot change focus (using mouse, alt+tab or any other way) to another window? Does this change over time or are you stuck and have to reboot? Are you able to alt+F1 to a console? If so does it show errors pertaining to the window manager?

What happens when you open a new program? Does the focus move to that new program window?

And this is across multiple distros? Are you using live distros?

What GFX chip do you have in there?
I can, on very rare occasions, change focus to another window with some constant fiddling, and I can generally use the other ctrl-alt terminals as well, although I've not found any errors in any open TTY sessions (sessions 1 and 2 don't work on my Arch Linux install, and 7 is of course being used by the X server).

From what I remember, when opening a new program from the window manager's given program selection menu, it will automatically change focus to that window. I'm not really able to test it because the window manager is actually so finicky at some points that it's impossible to get the window manager to focus on the program selector.

Yes, my machine has had this issue with several distros and window environments, including BackTrack 5 (using gnome 2), Ubuntu 10.04 (also using g2), GParted (KDE) and now Arch Linux (using gnome 3).

I'm running an NVIDIA GTS 250 graphics card. Additionally, I've also added a second screen to my computer's setup since the running of BackTrack & Ubuntu. It's had no effect on the window focus issue, but every bit helps if anyone's gonna figure this out.

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Old 12-09-2012, 09:49 PM   #4
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Hmmm... throughout all those distros, were you using the same NVIDIA driver? nouvaeu?
 
Old 12-09-2012, 09:50 PM   #5
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I'm unsure, but nouveau drivers seem to be the only ones that work with my card - proprietaries give me an xserver error (code 1). Not sure about the VESA drivers at this point.

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Old 12-10-2012, 04:40 PM   #6
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I'm unsure, but nouveau drivers seem to be the only ones that work with my card - proprietaries give me an xserver error (code 1). Not sure about the VESA drivers at this point.

lol, I'm notsure.

Try installing NVIDIA's proprietary drivers on one of the distros.
 
  


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