Bug 802567 - gnome-shell (3.4) loss of keyboard on some fullscreen games - fallback mode is o.k.
gnome-shell (3.4) loss of keyboard on some fullscreen games - fallback mode i...
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: gnome-shell (Show other bugs)
x86_64 Linux
unspecified Severity high
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Assigned To: Owen Taylor
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2012-03-12 18:00 EDT by Morgan Cox
Modified: 2014-02-05 06:55 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2014-02-05 06:55:13 EST
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Description Morgan Cox 2012-03-12 18:00:18 EDT
Description of problem:

Some full screen apps/games have a loss of keyboard control when using gnome-shell. 

Issue is fixed by using fallback mode / KDE/LXDE, etc

I have a nvidia card - using drivers from RPMfusion.

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How reproducible:


Steps to Reproduce:

1. load default Fedora desktop (gnome3)
2. load app - i.e paintball2 (www.dplogin.com)
3. lose control on keyboard 
Actual results:

No keyboard control

Expected results:

working keyboard - like you get with all other de's (including gnome3 fallback)

Additional info:

- Issue is fixed by using fallback mode - or by toggling fullscreen
- It sounds similar to https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=717103
- it is not all apps/games.
Comment 1 Morgan Cox 2012-06-08 15:57:28 EDT

Issue still occurs in Fedora 17 / Gnome 3.4.

Its NOT just a Fedora issue its a gnome3 issue.

To Reproduce:-

an example game - download from : http://digitalpaint.org/files/ 

1 - install deps

alsa-oss.x86_64  alsa-oss-libs.x86_64  alsa-oss-libs.i686  alsa-plugins-oss.i686  alsa-plugins-oss.x86_64  libjpeg-turbo.i686  libpng.i686  libpng10.i686    libpng-compat.i686  libXxf86misc.x86_64  libXxf86misc.i686  libXxf86dga.i686  libXxf86dga.i686  libXxf86vm.i686   libXxf86vm.x86_64   libgpg-error.i686 libgcrypt.i686 libdrm.i686 librtmp.i686  libstdc++-static.i686 

2 - run game 

(note when you first run the game it can take a while to load (sometimes minutes - i suggest you run it in fallback mode first then when its loaded correctly switch to standard gnome3.)

3 - have absolutely no keyboard control - to exit game alt+tab, then ctrl+c

It works 100% fine in gnome3 fallback, kde4, lxde, xfce, unity (although its slowest in unity..) -just not standard gnome 3.

I have the following revelevent packages...


Its not just this game.....
Comment 2 Morgan Cox 2012-06-22 06:05:32 EDT
Seeing as as its been 1/4 of a year and there has been 0 response to it I decided to open another thread @ gnome buzilla.


Thankfully someone has actually been bothered to respond.

I must say - this SHOULD be viewed as pretty urgent - there are lots of games (for Nvidia users) you simply cannot play when using gnome 3.x - unless you go to fallback mode.

I would say that is a pretty serious bug.....
Comment 3 Morgan Cox 2013-04-07 15:57:04 EDT

I have to STILL go to fallback mode / choose a DE that actually works (i.e KDE) in order to actually run the game.

Will try gnome 3.8 as soon as its in Arch repos - I imagine it will be be the same.

The issue is reproducible 100% of the time.
Comment 4 Morgan Cox 2013-05-27 05:31:29 EDT
Fixed in gnome 3.8 !

Essentially gnome 3.0 - 3.6 is unable to play certain apps fullscreen.

Glad is fixed in 3.8 - shame for the poor buggers using 3.0-3.6
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