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Old 09-10-2010, 12:15 AM   #1
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And Now....Problems With Simple Games.....


O-K, I've never been into computer games, but on a whim, I saw something about Super Tux Kart and decided to try it on my Ubuntu 10.04. While I was at it, I downloaded Emilia Pinball, and Dreamchess.

Well....Tux Kart doesn't work for me- the graphics are all swcrambled.....all you see is gibberish.

The flippers in the pinball game have a big lag problem, so as to make it unusable (A simple game on a 3GHZ 'puter, and it doesn't work?!)

And the Dreamchess....well...I just suck at chess! (Maybe I'll teach myself how to play now that I've got this....amazingly, it is the one thing which does work)

I feel Windows-style frustration level coming back- all these little annoyances- every day something new. Think it's time to switch distros?

...or is it just me? Maybe my 'puter is just a schlamozzle.
 
Old 09-10-2010, 12:34 AM   #2
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maybe you're running the vesa video driver, which doesn't support gl. what is your video card?
 
Old 09-10-2010, 12:34 AM   #3
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What video card and driver are you using? Is hardware 3d enabled?

Evo2.
 
Old 09-10-2010, 01:56 AM   #4
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maybe you're running the vesa video driver, which doesn't support gl. what is your video card?

Quote:
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What video card and driver are you using? Is hardware 3d enabled?

Evo2.
How does one find out these things in Ubuntu? (Without rebooting to Vista)
 
Old 09-10-2010, 02:07 AM   #5
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Hi,


Find video card:
Code:
lspci | grep -i vga
The driver that is being used can be found in the X log file:
Code:
/var/log/Xorg.0.log
Post that file here as an attachment if you can't understand it.

To see if hardware 3d is on, post the output of:
Code:
glxinfo | grep ^direct
Cheers,

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Last edited by evo2; 09-10-2010 at 02:08 AM. Reason: Typo in log file name.
 
Old 09-10-2010, 02:22 AM   #6
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I just did

Code:
sudo aptitude install hardinfo
It would appear that I have an ATI RC410 (Radeon Xpress 200)

...and no proprietary drivers.

Have not had any problems with other graphics, videos, etc. nor the Dreamchess.....
 
Old 09-10-2010, 02:25 AM   #7
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Hi,


Find video card:
Code:
lspci | grep -i vga
The driver that is being used can be found in the X log file:
Code:
/var/log/Xorg.0.log
Post that file here as an attachment if you can't understand it.

To see if hardware 3d is on, post the output of:
Code:
glxinfo | grep ^direct
Cheers,

Evo2.
Thanks.

But it says that the varlog command is not found....and the glx thingie isn't installed.

Any other way?

The first command worked...video card is as described in my post above.
 
Old 09-10-2010, 02:35 AM   #8
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But it says that the varlog command is not found....
It is not a command it is a file that I want you to post here.

Quote:
and the glx thingie isn't installed.
Then install it.
Code:
sudo apt-get install mesa-utils

Quote:
The first command worked...video card is as described in my post above.
Please post the output anyway. The exact string can be important for performing searches.

Cheers,

Evo2.
 
Old 09-10-2010, 02:47 AM   #9
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O-K...

Here's the video card read-out:

Quote:
01:05.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc RC410 [Radeon Xpress 200]
Can't get that var/log info- this comes up (regardless of if I use sudo or not)

Quote:
sudo: /var/log/Xorg.0.log: command not found
And finally...the glxinfo:

Quote:
direct rendering: Yes
 
Old 09-10-2010, 03:03 AM   #10
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Hi,

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sumguy View Post
Here's the video card read-out:
Thanks.


Quote:
Can't get that var/log info- this comes up (regardless of if I use sudo or not)
it is not an executable. It is a log file. Ie a text file with the output from a program. In this case the output of your xserver. I'm not asking you to execute it I'm asking you to either read it to find out what driver you are using of to attach it to one of your posts here so that I can read it.

For example you can read it with the following command
Code:
less /var/log/Xorg.0.log
You can attach it to a post by "ckicking" the "Manage Attachments" button on the page where you type text to create a post.


Quote:
And finally...the glxinfo:
Ok it seems hardware 3d rendering is on.

Cheers,

Evo2.
 
Old 09-10-2010, 03:10 AM   #11
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I went into the Xlog file manually through Nautilus......

Here's the attachment.

Thanks for taking all the time to help me!!
Attached Files
File Type: log Sumguy Xorg.0.log (56.0 KB, 4 views)
 
Old 09-10-2010, 03:11 AM   #12
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Hehe...we keep cross-posting!
 
Old 09-10-2010, 03:18 AM   #13
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Ok, from your Xorg.0.log it looks like you are using the correct driver and have hardware rendering working, so I don't know what is causing the problems with the programs you list in your first post.

I'm assuming you start those programs from some sort of menu: have you tried starting them from the command line to see what, if any, errors or warnings they report? If not I suggest you do.

Cheers,

Evo2.

PS. It is generally better not to put spaces in filenames.
 
Old 09-10-2010, 03:23 AM   #14
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Ok, from your Xorg.0.log it looks like you are using the correct driver and have hardware rendering working, so I don't know what is causing the problems with the programs you list in your first post.

I'm assuming you start those programs from some sort of menu: have you tried starting them from the command line to see what, if any, errors or warnings they report? If not I suggest you do.

Cheers,

Evo2.

PS. It is generally better not to put spaces in filenames.
Thanks. I'll try opening the games from the command line tomorrow (getting ready for bed now).....

I don't know what's going on though- now, I can't even get the gibberish graphics....when I go to start the race in Tux Cart....it just closes out the program!

Update manager says my system is up to date. I really don't know why I'm having all these problems!
 
Old 09-10-2010, 03:36 AM   #15
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May've uncovered some info here:

Quote:
~$ supertuxkart
Data files will be fetched from: '/usr/share/games/supertuxkart/'
SDL_LoadWAV() failed to load /usr/share/games/supertuxkart//data/sfx/horn.wav
Highscores will be saved in '/home/bob/.supertuxkart/highscore.data'.
Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to have anything to do with the problems mentioned above-

My dog's waiting....NOW I'm going to bed!
 
  


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