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This one seems to be a relatively common problem. Trouble is, it has a relatively common solution... which doesn't work for me.
The problem is, I install compiz and all the extras (accellerated nvidia included) just like the howto's say. Then I launch the compiz-tray-icon. When I activate the GLDesktop, All the effects turn on, really cool. However, all the window decorations dissappear. When I turn the gldesktop back off, they reappear.
The usual answer given is that I didn't install gnome-compiz. Except of course that I have. Any other ideas?
Ooh, that sure hit a nerve that compiz didn't like - executing gtk-window-decorator made my entire screen suddenly go solid white. Yet, it was like I was on a solid white cube, I could still circle around the cube. When I put the mouse in the lower right to trigger the kind of tile-view, all the windows tiled, except that they were solid white inside and only the icon which showed up in the bottom right of each tiled window and the outline showed. Reboot did nothing to help. Hrmm.
I can even switch between both decorations or change to emerald.
Nevertheless, loosing the window decorations IS indeed a common problem and you usally have to start a window decorator by hand.
There has been a lengthy debugging tips and tricks page of some distribution, I don't remember which one, but it was a long list of Compiz-related problems and how to get rid of them, very informative.
Well, according to that link (thank you) it's a common problem with my graphics card. They fix it with a gentoo USE flag. I'll try working on this. A different page suggests that the problem is caused because I have desktop effects enabled, yet do not have acceleration enabled. I do have acceleration enabled, so I'll check other things first. Trouble is, it now does the white cube/white everything every time I start compiz, whether by the command, the tray icon, or the gnome app. I'll try some more stuff and report back.