[ubuntu] Pidgin issues?

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http://ubuntuforums.org – When clicked on Pidgin the 1st time it woobles but doesn't show up. Have to quit from launcher & on 2nd attempt it starts & shows up? The mail icon only turns blue when I receive a message & not when receive mail, same with audio. Audio only alerts when buddy signs in or out & not with mail? Any suggestions? Thanks. (Hardware)