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#1 2013-10-23 21:26:16

kherring7383
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Registered: 2013-06-29
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Brief Gray Background Before Desktop Loads

I'm not sure if anyone else has this issue. I really am impressed with XFCE 13.10 but what really annoys me is the gray background after I login.

This only last a few seconds as the desktop loads, but to me the transition from login to desktop should be smooth. I realize this is a trivial issue that I can live with, its just that I looked for an answer in the forums and on the web but have yet to find an answer or the cause and a possible fix. What bugs me is that this issue is not only in 13.10, but was also in 13.04.

I'm not a big fan of Unity and use Mint as my primary OS. It's the customization that I like about XFCE and would like to use it more but this is an issue that should be addressed.

At first I thought it was my video card, but I have no problems with other distros and I have even done a complete fresh install with the defaults. If some has an answer I would really like to know. I'm always recommending Linux to others and how great it is, but explaining this is as a bug is really a deal breaker for those switching from Windows or Mac.

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#2 2013-10-24 01:57:52

ozjd
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From: Hawkesbury NSW Australia
Registered: 2012-02-05
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Re: Brief Gray Background Before Desktop Loads

I've seen similar on Fedora with Xfce 4.10 (not sure what distro or version you have) but only on an older slow computer. It is the wait as the background is loaded. Changing to a coloured background or a smaller image would probably help, I'm guessing it is a disk access speed issue. I have the slideshow feature turned on, maybe setting to a single image would speed it up as it wouldn't need to go through the process of selecting an image from the list. I haven't tested that though as I rarely reboot, only on kernel upgrades actually.

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#3 2014-02-08 02:14:20

herbie643
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Registered: 2013-04-05
Posts: 42

Re: Brief Gray Background Before Desktop Loads

I'd be willing to bet that you have the Xfce compositor turned on in Window Manager Tweaks.  I had same problem and fixed it by turning it off and using 'compton' composite manager.
Then add to startup applications Compton with these parameters   

compton -c -f  -C -b

Works great.

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#4 2014-02-08 14:27:09

0strodamus
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Registered: 2014-01-22
Posts: 7

Re: Brief Gray Background Before Desktop Loads

I see this on my system too. My computer is pretty new, so it isn't caused by older hardware. Very rarely I get a momentary display of weird colored blocks on top of the gray screen for 1-2 seconds before the desktop loads. I haven't tried turning off the compositor or my wallpaper list because it never bothered me.

@herbie643: Is there a way to get Compton to make a window semi-transparent when dragging it, like the Xfce compositor?

Last edited by 0strodamus (2014-02-08 14:29:31)

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#5 2014-02-22 23:35:50

herbie643
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Registered: 2013-04-05
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Re: Brief Gray Background Before Desktop Loads

I looked at the man page and found nothing relating to drag and transparency.

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#6 2014-02-22 23:54:09

0strodamus
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Registered: 2014-01-22
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Re: Brief Gray Background Before Desktop Loads

I couldn't find anything either when I looked. Thanks for letting me know.

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