I was just looking around some of my favorite linux blogs and found a great little post at TomUbuntu.com for a great fix of something that was bugging me.
Some applications just don't work the Compiz (fancy 3d effects for the linux desktop) on. As well, sometimes when trying to use an external monitor it doesn't help matters. Well with the keen post from TomUbuntu I was able to fix the problem quick and easy.
The answer was a package called "fusion-icon" which puts an icon in the systray and with a simple right-click you can activate or de-activate the compiz effects or go to the compiz control panel. I won't steal Tom's thunder and will ask you to go to his blog and read how to install the appliation. I highly recommend it and give Tom "two thumbs up" for his pick.