[ Resolved ] - Linux Mint 19.3 Tricia odd effect - [ corrupted tooltips ]

Hi there peeps,

due to clicking the wrong terminal option
I had to reinstall the system. :taped:

So I installed Linux Mint 19.3 Tricia. :winky:

Everything is now working fine except for
this one little niggle which, rather than
attempting to describe it verbally, I thought
a video would better illustrate the problem…


I would be interested to hear your comments
about this rather than about my stupidity with
the terminal. :rofl:


Can you elaborate on the video?

If you are you using a browser, please specify browser name, URL, etc

Hi there John,

this problem is not confined to a browser it is
evident throughout the operating system. :wonky:

I just used Firefox’s Console for the video as
it was an excellent place to indicate how the
hover effect was varying from item to item. :winky:

I previously had the system that you suggested
to me, namely, Linux Mint Cinnamon, and only
changed it to Tricia on a whim. :biggrin:


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Hi there John,

here is an image of the problem on the OS…


Looks to me like a video driver problem. Does Linux Mint also have the “Additional drivers” program? You may want to run that and see what it suggests.

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It has something called Driver Manager.

@coothead: Open the start menu, type “drivers” into the search box and select the Driver Manager program.

This should give you the option of using proprietary video drivers with your system. If you see a proprietary driver for your video card, select it and let us know if that helps.

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Hi there @James_Hibbard,

“Driver Manager” informs me that
“No proprietary drivers are in use”

Do you not think it strange that this
oddity does not effect all items that
are hovered which was indicated in
my video link?



Not really.

Do you see any proprietary drivers you can select? And if so, does selecting them solve your problem?


Oh dear. If Mint had any proprietary drivers to offer for your hardware, it would have offered them on that screen. Maybe you have an onboard graphics card?

Hi there @James_Hibbard,

bear in mind that I am just an HTML/CSS coder. :winky:

Here is what “System Reports” displays…

System:    Host: coothead-XPS-8300 Kernel: 5.3.0-26-generic x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 7.4.0 
           Desktop: Cinnamon 4.4.8 wm: muffin dm: LightDM Distro: Linux Mint 19.3 Tricia 
           base: Ubuntu 18.04 bionic 
Machine:   Type: Desktop System: Dell product: XPS 8300 v: N/A serial: <filter> Chassis: type: 3 
           serial: <filter> 
           Mobo: Dell model: 0Y2MRG v: A00 serial: <filter> BIOS: Dell v: A06 date: 10/17/2011 
CPU:       Topology: Quad Core model: Intel Core i5-2300 bits: 64 type: MCP arch: Sandy Bridge 
           rev: 7 L2 cache: 6144 KiB 
           flags: lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx bogomips: 22348 
           Speed: 3013 MHz min/max: 1600/3100 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 3050 2: 2951 3: 2971 
           4: 2980 
Graphics:  Device-1: AMD Caicos [Radeon HD 6450/7450/8450 / R5 230 OEM] vendor: Pegatron 
           driver: radeon v: kernel bus ID: 01:00.0 chip ID: 1002:6779 
           Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.5 driver: ati,radeon unloaded: fbdev,modesetting,vesa 
           resolution: 1366x768~60Hz 
           OpenGL: renderer: AMD CAICOS (DRM 2.50.0 / 5.3.0-26-generic LLVM 9.0.0) 
           v: 3.3 Mesa 19.2.1 compat-v: 3.1 direct render: Yes 
Audio:     Device-1: Intel 6 Series/C200 Series Family High Definition Audio vendor: Dell XPS 8300 
           driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 00:1b.0 chip ID: 8086:1c20 
           Device-2: B & W type: USB driver: hid-generic,snd-usb-audio,usbhid bus ID: 2-1.1:8 
           chip ID: 19b5:0004 
           Sound Server: ALSA v: k5.3.0-26-generic 
Network:   Device-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet 
           vendor: TP-LINK TG-3468 driver: r8169 v: kernel port: d000 bus ID: 03:00.0 
           chip ID: 10ec:8168 
           IF: enp3s0 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter> 
Drives:    Local Storage: total: 465.77 GiB used: 29.68 GiB (6.4%) 
           ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Seagate model: BarraCuda SSD ZA250CM10002 size: 232.89 GiB 
           speed: 3.0 Gb/s serial: <filter> 
           ID-2: /dev/sdb vendor: Seagate model: BarraCuda SSD ZA250CM10002 size: 232.89 GiB 
           speed: 3.0 Gb/s serial: <filter> 
Partition: ID-1: / size: 228.23 GiB used: 29.68 GiB (13.0%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1 
USB:       Hub: 1-0:1 info: Full speed (or root) Hub ports: 2 rev: 2.0 chip ID: 1d6b:0002 
           Hub: 1-1:2 info: Intel Integrated Rate Matching Hub ports: 6 rev: 2.0 
           chip ID: 8087:0024 
           Hub: 2-0:1 info: Full speed (or root) Hub ports: 2 rev: 2.0 chip ID: 1d6b:0002 
           Hub: 2-1:2 info: Intel Integrated Rate Matching Hub ports: 8 rev: 2.0 
           chip ID: 8087:0024 
           Device-1: 2-1.1:8 info: B & W type: Audio,HID driver: hid-generic,snd-usb-audio,usbhid 
           rev: 2.0 chip ID: 19b5:0004 
           Hub: 2-1.2:3 info: VIA Labs VL812 Hub ports: 4 rev: 2.1 chip ID: 2109:2812 
           Device-2: 2-1.2.4:6 info: N/A type: Keyboard,HID driver: hid-generic,usbhid rev: 2.0 
           chip ID: 24f0:0140 
           Device-3: 2-1.4:4 info: Pixart Imaging Optical Mouse type: Mouse 
           driver: hid-generic,usbhid rev: 1.1 chip ID: 093a:2521 
           Device-4: 2-1.8:5 info: Fitipower Integrated type: Mass Storage driver: usb-storage 
           rev: 2.0 chip ID: 18e3:9106 
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 30.0 C mobo: N/A gpu: radeon temp: 39 C 
           Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A 
Repos:     No active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list 
           Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/fossproject-ppa-bionic.list 
           1: deb http: //ppa.launchpad.net/fossproject/ppa/ubuntu bionic main
           Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/official-package-repositories.list 
           1: deb http: //packages.linuxmint.com tricia main upstream import backport #id:linuxmint_main
           2: deb http: //archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic main restricted universe multiverse
           3: deb http: //archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic-updates main restricted universe multiverse
           4: deb http: //archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic-backports main restricted universe multiverse
           5: deb http: //security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ bionic-security main restricted universe multiverse
           6: deb http: //archive.canonical.com/ubuntu/ bionic partner
           Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/vivaldi.list 
           1: deb http: //repo.vivaldi.com/stable/deb/ stable main
Info:      Processes: 199 Uptime: 2h 07m Memory: 3.83 GiB used: 1.66 GiB (43.5%) Init: systemd 
           v: 237 runlevel: 5 Compilers: gcc: 7.4.0 alt: 7 Client: Unknown python3.6 client 
           inxi: 3.0.32 


I’m afraid you’ll need to hit Google to find out how to install the correct drivers for your machine.


But it doesn’t seem like it’s good news. I found a couple of threads (example) mentioning that AMD had dropped driver support for Linux.

Hi there @James_Hibbard,

well. it seems that I am up the creek without a paddle. :eyebrows:

  1. Is there a replacement graphics card that will work
    properly with both Windows and Linux Mint?
  2. Or can I add a card that will work with Linux Mint
    beside the one that works with Windows?
  3. Is there another Linux OS that will not have these
    annoying problems.
  4. If not, then I might just as well stay with Windows…
    sudo remove yourself :rofl:


I use Ubuntu and these two blog posts may be of interest because they suggest additions not specified in the normal setup.

Hi there John,

thanks for your reply. :winky:

I do not understand though, how that would address my dilemma. :unhappy:

Are yiu suggesting that “Ubunto” would not have the problems
that I am now experiencing with “Mint 19.3 Tricia”?

Do you have any comments about…

…in my previous post? :biggrin:


I believe Linux Mint is very similar to Ubuntu and I prefer to use the command line tool update and install/purge software.

Item #4 Install media codecs

sudo apt install ubuntu-restricted-extras

If that does not work then search how to install media codecs on Linux Mint.


Perhaps try posting the problem on a Linux Mint Forum.

coothead@coothead-XPS-8300:~$ sudo apt install ubuntu-restricted-extras
[sudo] password for coothead:       
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
ubuntu-restricted-extras is already the newest version (66).
0 to upgrade, 0 to newly install, 0 to remove and 0 not to upgrade.

I did not have this problem with “Linux Mint Cinnamon”

Is it possible to change “Tricia” to “Cinnamon” without
uninstalling and then reinstalling?


Tricia is the version name (19.3). Cinnamon is the desktop manager.

It is entirely possible to have Linux Mint Tricia, Cinnamon edition.

Hi there @James_Hibbard.

do you have any comments on points 1 to 3 in post #13

If not I am beginning to feel that point 4 seems the way to go.


I dunno man. If it were me I would start swapping out components and so on until I could isolate the problem. Then I would hit Google and a couple of forums to find a solution.

Do you have a second graphics card you could try in your machine? Or can you borrow one?

Well there are tons of Linux flavors out there, but I wouldn’t want to guarantee that installing one would solve your problem.

It might also be worth asking over here: https://forums.linuxmint.com/