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I can't enable Compiz Fusion in Mandriva 2008. I have installed most of the Compiz packages from the software manager. The only ones I don't have is the development and configuration ones. When I go to "Configure 3D Desktop Effects" I cannot select the Compiz Fusion option. I can go to the "CompizConfig Settings Manager" though so I am not sure if there is anything else I can do. When I ran the Live version of Mandriva (One), I was able to run Compiz Fusion so my hardware supports it. Any idea on what I need to do?
Thanks for the suggestions.
I downloaded the latest driver from Nvidia for my GeForce 6800 card and installed it. I am no expert on installing drivers and it was a little hard to interpret what was going on since it wasn't a graphical install and all the text/info was bundled together with no space. I had to install dkms first so the kernel could be compiled.
Anyway, I still don't have the option to use Compiz Fusion. Is there anything in the xorg.conf file that has to be set?
I have glx loaded, but I don't know if that's where it actually is (I had problems with this in my previous install)...
This is from my xorg.conf file.
Load "dbe" # Double-Buffering Extension
Load "v4l" # Video for Linux
Load "glx" # 3D layer
I don't see any errors in the Xorg.0.log file that stands out either.
Any suggestions what I can try next?
You mentioned I could try the default driver. I would think this should work since it worked on the Live version on the same PC. However, I would think that's what I tried the first time. How do I know what driver I am using and how can I select this?
OK, I installed the driver again, and this time it asked me if I wanted to install other optional packages or something like that, which I did. I was now able to select Compiz Fusion. I logged out and restarted X. It still didn't work properly. The mouse cursor was jumping around when I logged in, but I couldn't rotate cubes or do anything with the windows. The borders on the windows were also missing so I couldn't close/minimize the windows. I had to do it from the File menu of the application. I then went to drakx (I think that's what it's called) where I enable Compiz Fusion. Under Advanced (Compiz Fusion), I selected the second option. One is Native Support and I don't know what the other is, but I selected the second in the list. When I log in again, I just get a white screen! I think it's the last change I did that messed things up. Do you know where this setting is set so I can change it back so it's a little easier to work with?
I am no expert on installing drivers and it was a little hard to interpret what was going on since it wasn't a graphical install and all the text/info was bundled together with no space.
Am I glad to hear that! I thought it was just me and mine, lol!
You say, "I downloaded the latest driver from nVidia for my GeForce 6800 card and installed it ", if you installed that driver package, you should not have required dkms. (dkms is used to load the default Mandriva driver)
so something screwy is going on.
xorg conf looks fine, but there's more when compiz is involved.. (hang on I'll get mine to compare files)
COMPOSITING_WM=compiz-fusion ##I use compiz-fusion, but there are also, compiz and beryl.
Make sure you have the above as close as possible.
Thanks for the suggestions.
At this point I am not so interested in getting the 3D effects, I just want to kde. I will worry about 3D when I get kde. I know how to log into command mode (CTRL+Alt+F2), so I made some changed and checked the xorg.conf file. I don't get the white screen anymore, but I can't actually log in either. It just sits there and thinks for a while, then it kicks me back to the login screen.
The file did nvidia and not just nv. It still didn't work. I changed it.
The reason I installed dkms was because I thouhgt I needed it for the nvidia driver. I uninstalled it (there was one other dependency). I looked in the Xorg.0.log and I see a bunch of errors that looks like memory issues.
How can I get a hold of the original xorg.conf file? There is an 'old' version on the machine, but it's not the original. It's the previous version before the last modifications were made. The system says the cdrom is mounted, but when I cd to it I can't see any files.
I also tried drakxconf and changed some settings, but it didn't help. Any suggestions how I can get back the default X without installing Mandriva 2008 over again?
I can get to the graphical login screen, but still I can't log into a session. It just hangs for whatever reason. Is there a logfile for when I am trying to log into a session? Is it the same as when starting X (/log/Xorg.0.log)?
I was able to use drakxconf, but I didn't get kde back, just a simple desktop (icewm I think). First of all my nvidia graphics card is not listed under nvidia (I have the GeForce 6800. I thought that was a GeForce4, which I didn't see, so I guess I should try it again and see if I se the GeForce...
Also, I tried the xorg drivers (nv), but that didn't work either.
I will try that later today, but I don't have time right now. Thanks for the response.
After playing aroud with the drivers and settings I was able to get it sort of working. I can get Metisse working using the nvidia driver that came with the install, but if I pick Compiz Fusion I just get a white screen after I log in (I can pick Compiz Fusion from the manager at least). I don't know what the error is or how I can check what the problem is.
Under Compiz Fusion I only have the Xgl option. Not sure if this is ok... It says OpenGl should be supported, but how do I check that I have opengl? I have "glx" in my xorg.conf file, but I am not sure if that means opengl is installed. When I go to Software Management I don't see opengl as either being installed or an option. I installed python-opengl so I was hoping that means I had the opengl dependencies, but I don't know. Are there any other libraries I need to install?
glxinfo will tell you if you have 3d rendering enabled, and possibly the engine used.
lspci, and lsmod will show the hardware listed, and the modules found for them.
the white "screen of death" may be fixed by checking the lines in the files I posted above.
The gfx6800 card is covered by the 169.12 ver driver (this driver supports the 6 to 8 serie), from the search page at nvidia....local docs are found here.../usr/share/doc/NVIDIA_GLX-1.0, see the readme file. and or file:///usr/share/doc/NVIDIA_GLX-1.0/html/index.html
You're looking for a gforce 6 (6800)series driver/card
The glx files are supplied by the OS, you can find them...