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Im running pclinuxos 2007 on a dual core AMD with a geforce 6600gt pci-e and 2 gigs of ram.
I recently starting having problems in X. everything was running just fine for days after i set everything up, and then out of nowhere beryl starts acting up on me after i reboot. I'll try to explain the problem.
In X, i can open programs with my buttons on the taskbar, and with icons on the desktop. any windows I open show up on the taskbar, but they do NOT display on the desktop. hovering the mouse over the app in the taskbar produces the popup preview. no right click menus work. left clicking the 'start' button does nothing. I CAN ctrl-alt-left/right arrow to switch desktops with the cube, but still see no open windows.
I have logged into tty2 as root, and killed beryl. killed X. edited the /etc/sysconfig/compositing-wm file and removed everything, as to prevent beryl from starting up. reboot, everything works fine without the compositing wm. I can now right click and get menu's, access the start menu, and load up any programs and they appear on the desktop. as soon as i load up beryl-manager from console, thats when the desktop freezes again. any windows I had open before loading beryl-manager are still there, and i can move them around, but they will not update anything, such as typed text in konsole, until i move them around.
I have tried using compiz instead, same result. I switched from 'native' support to 'glx' in pclos 3d desktop control panel, and when I started up, I didnt even get into KDE - it just froze. but starting beryl using beryl-glx produced the same results as the paragraph above.
I dont think this is a beryl problem, since compiz produces the same results. maybe its a problem with my gfx card and aiglx? again, i dont remember making any changes that could possibly effect my window manager. all I was doing before the reboot was using open office, and firefox, and a few konsole windows and konqurer file browsers. I DID install a printer before the reboot, using RPM packages. the packages were for a cannon pixma ip2200 - and the drivers seemed to work fine, and was able to print my openoffice documents.
Beryl had a habit of doing funny things without any warning and resisted attempts to fix (uninstall/reinstall, removing the *rc file etc). However, Compiz uses the same or similar settings (Beryl uses Compiz as a window manager). Post your xorg.conf, and don't worry, I doubt your printer .rpms had anything to do with it.
I was going to uninstall/reinstall beryl. I uninstalled beryl* with synaptic package manager. when I went to re-install, there were no beryl packages. So i tried apt-get install beryl <- said no matching packages. tried apt-get install beryl-manager <- said package has been replaced by compiz-fusion. So I used synaptic and installed compiz-fusion. compiz-fusion now works, mostly like beryl. I no longer have the option for my burning windows on close though, which is slightly annoying, since that was my favorite feature. But everything else is set up and working the way it used to be.
Do you know of any tweaks for compiz-fusion to get the burning closed windows back?
heres my xorg.conf:
# File generated by XFdrake (rev 57713)
# Refer to the xorg.conf man page for details about the format of
# this file.
# font server independent of the X server to render fonts.
# minimal fonts to allow X to run without xfs
#DontZap # disable <Crtl><Alt><BS> (server abort)
#DontZoom # disable <Crtl><Alt><KP_+>/<KP_-> (resolution switching)
AllowMouseOpenFail # allows the server to start up even if the mouse does not work
Load "dbe" # Double-Buffering Extension
Load "v4l" # Video for Linux
Load "/usr/lib/xorg/modules/extensions/nvidia/libglx.so" # 3D layer
according to synaptic, I have the following packages installed:
and the following are not installed:
I do have a 'paint fire on screen' option under effects, but all this does is allows me to press a key and draw some burning fire wherever... not burn up a closing window. I marked plugins-extra for reinstall for good measure but i got no extra effects.