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From Andrew Douglas Pitonyak <>
Subject Re: [libreoffice-users] ”Artifacts” in OpenOffice and LibreOffice
Date Sat, 11 May 2013 14:08:22 GMT

I have had subtle redraw issues with OO off and on, and I always blamed 
it on an interaction between applications and the video drivers. Realize 
that I use nVidia video cards on 64-bit Fedora using the proprietary 
video drivers. What I saw was not remotely as bad. Admittedly, when I 
tried out the latest dev build, it was totally unusable (of course, the 
single tester was unable to reproduce on Windows 7).


Are you able to do a test and change your video driver say between the 
free and not free driver to see if there is a change (I do not use 
Ubuntu so I don't have a good handle on what drivers are available or how).

I used to have exactly the same problem in QT, and it was very bad. I 
was able to avoid the problem with QT Creator by starting it using

-graphicssystem raster

Not that I expect this to help you. I did notice that it still has some 
rendering issues that appeared in the latest versions (I believe it is 
related to an over-lay issue when you edit a field.... that assumption 
allowed me to fix it in the software that I write, but I did not jump 
into the QT code base).

I have seen strange redraw issues so long in OO that correcting for it 
is almost automatic in my brain (scroll screen up then down to clear) so 
I cannot even say if I still see the problem. I think I do, but it is 
for sure not as bad is it used to be for me.

I know, that I have rambled on and on.... I will summarize in saying

1. I have never seen it so bad
2. I have seen screen corruption
3. You may avoid some of it based on the video driver

If I had it that bad on my Fedora system, I would likely change my 
desktop on login to see if it helped. With Fedora, I can easily jump 
between Gnome and KDE (as one example). I would also try jumping between 
the two different drivers available to see how that helped as well. 
Sadly, the "free" driver is poor with respect to 3D stuff.

On 05/11/2013 08:52 AM, Johnny Rosenberg wrote:
> I have had this problem for quite some time now (months if not years)
> in LibreOffice and OpenOffice. The problems are maybe a little bit
> worse in LibreOffice, but I didn't exactly measure it…
> It looks like a graphics card problem, but why are nothing else
> affected? It only happens to OpenOffice and LibreOffice. I tested a
> few versions and it seems to not matter. The screenshots are taken
> with Apache OpenOffice 3.4.1 and I saw the same thing in LibreOffice
> 3.5, 3.6 and 4.0. I think this also happened with earlier LibreOffice
> versions, like 3.4 and 3.3. I didn't use OpenOffice since 3.2 (except
> 3.4.1, which I use these days), and I don't even remember what it
> looked like.
> Here's a screenshot with Apache OpenOffice Calc 3.4.1. I added some
> arrows pointing at the problem areas:
> The worst thing is when I try to use the Basic IDE, take a look at
> this. Very hard to write and edit code when it looks like this:
> My operating system is Ubuntu 12.04 and the more stuff I run at the
> same time, the worse will it look.
> My graphics card is the nVidia GeForce Go 7300, which is blacklisted
> for use with the Unity 3D desktop, so that may be what's causing this
> problem, but still it ONLY happens to LibreOffice and OpenOffice.
> One thought that I have is that LibreOffice and OpenOffice are not GTK
> applications (I think – are they?), but on the other hand, neither is
> my web browser (Opera), and I don't have these problems with it.
> Both LibreOffice and were installed with the official
> deb files. The LibreOffice version that came with Ubuntu 12.04 was
> carefully removed before installing what I have now.
> Thoughts? Anyone else saw this?
> Packard Bell Easy Note MX66 laptop, made in November 2006.
> 2.0 GiB RAM, Genuine Intel® CPU T2050 @ 1.60GHz × 2.
> Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (32 bits)
> Kernel: Linux 3.2.0-41-generic-pae
> nVIDIA Driver Version: 304.88

Andrew Pitonyak
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