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Old 04-14-2007, 10:33 PM   #1
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Beryl install - Kubuntu Feisty and Nvidia


Hi All,

I've gotten myself a tricked-out new Intel quad-core desktop systems. I've gotten the Kubuntu 7.04 beta installed and running successfully. I would like to get Beryl running. I've read both the Ubuntu and Beryl guides and still cannot get it. My video card is an eVGA GeForce 8800GTS w/ 640 MB of video RAM and I have a 30" Dell LCD wide screen monitor. I am running the latest 9755 Nvidia drivers (the drivers in the repository are too old to recognize the 8800 so I had to install by hand from the Nvidia bin file).

The problem is that Beryl installs OK and I can start the beryl-manager and emerald, however none of the desktop effects actually work. For instance I do Alt+Scrollwheel to change the opacity of the active window, but nothing happens. Or I try ctrl+alt+left mouse to bring up the desktop cube, but again, nothing happens. I'm going to paste my Xorg.conf file below. Does anyone know what I'm missing here?

Code:
# nvidia-xconfig: X configuration file generated by nvidia-xconfig
# nvidia-xconfig:  version 1.0  (buildmeister@builder26)  Mon Feb 26 23:37:58 PST 2007


Section "ServerLayout"
    Identifier     "X.org Configured"
    Screen      0  "Screen0" 0 0
    InputDevice    "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
    InputDevice    "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
EndSection

Section "Files"
    RgbPath         "/etc/X11/rgb"
    ModulePath      "/usr/lib/xorg/modules"
    FontPath        "/usr/share/fonts/X11/misc"
    FontPath        "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/misc"
    FontPath        "/usr/share/fonts/X11/cyrillic"
    FontPath        "/usr/share/fonts/X11/100dpi/:unscaled"
    FontPath        "/usr/share/fonts/X11/75dpi/:unscaled"
    FontPath        "/usr/share/fonts/X11/Type1"
    FontPath        "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/Type1"
    FontPath        "/usr/share/fonts/X11/100dpi"
    FontPath        "/usr/share/fonts/X11/75dpi"
    FontPath        "/var/lib/defoma/x-ttcidfont-conf.d/dirs/TrueType"
EndSection

Section "Module"
    Load           "record"
    Load           "glx"
    Load           "dbe"
    Load           "xtrap"
    Load           "extmod"
    Load           "type1"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier     "Keyboard0"
    Driver         "kbd"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier     "Mouse0"
    Driver         "mouse"
    Option         "Protocol" "auto"
    Option         "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
    Option         "ZAxisMapping" "4 5 6 7"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
    Identifier     "Monitor0"
    VendorName     "Monitor Vendor"
    ModelName      "Monitor Model"
EndSection

Section "Device"
    Identifier     "Card0"
    Driver         "nvidia"
    VendorName     "nVidia Corporation"
    BoardName      "Unknown Board"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
    Identifier     "Screen0"
    Device         "Card0"
    Monitor        "Monitor0"
    Option         "DRI" "true"
    Option         "GARTSize" "64"
    Option         "AllowGLXWithComposite" "True"
    Option         "RenderAccel" "True"
    Option         "AddARGBGLXVisuals" "True"
    SubSection     "Display"
        Viewport    0 0
        Depth       24
        Modes      "2560x1600"
    EndSubSection
EndSection

Section "Extensions"
    Option         "Composite" "Enable"
EndSection
 
Old 04-14-2007, 11:45 PM   #2
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Which window manager have you selected to use from the Berly menu ?
Sounds like its still using the default kwin or metacity.
 
Old 04-14-2007, 11:48 PM   #3
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Also, the only change I had to make to xorg.conf from a default config was add:

Code:
Option         "AddARGBGLXVisuals" "True"
To the screen section like you have done. None of the other additions you see in tutorials and how-to's for dapper are needed in Edgy. Took me a while to work this out in order to get Beryl to even start up.
 
Old 04-15-2007, 12:19 AM   #4
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DaveQB, thanks for the advice. That was indeed the problem. However, I ran into the unfortunate fact that that my video card can't do direct rendering on 2560x1600 resolution. I tried bumping the resolution down to 1920x1200 in xorg.conf, which got beryl started but it just froze at a white screen and more or less locked up the entire system.

I think I'm going to give up for the moment, as I don't need fancy effects that badly :-). I might look at it again when I have a bit more time.

Thanks again for the advice!
 
Old 04-15-2007, 05:08 AM   #5
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Quote:
Originally Posted by btmiller
I think I'm going to give up for the moment, as I don't need fancy effects that badly :-). I might look at it again when I have a bit more time.

Thanks again for the advice!

I hear you on that one. Took me 3 goes over about 4 months to get Beryl working for me. Its just not a priority.

NB my laptop with an Intel 950 and a fresh install of Edgy worked right off the bat.
 
  


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