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Old 05-29-2008, 05:56 AM   #1
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Desktop effects gone - "Desktop effects could not be enabled"


I didn't touch any setting, but my desktop effects are gone. I may recall that they stopped working between two ubuntu updates. A glimpse in Synaptic Package Manager shows that the proprietary nvidia drivers (I am using an nvidia GeForce 4200ti) are there. However when I try to enable "extra" effects, I get the "Desktop effects could not be enabled" message (I am not using Advanced Effects Manager, just the plain one default).

How do I troubleshoot this?

Old 05-30-2008, 06:46 AM   #2
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Try loading the Ubuntu restricted extras packages that apply to your hardware.
Old 05-30-2008, 07:46 AM   #3
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They are all loaded. I did check: nvidia-glx of instance, is there.

Any more advice?
Old 05-30-2008, 09:25 AM   #4
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if your graphic card driver is install (if you sure) and if you are using compiz for your desktop effects you can run it by terminal...
just open a terminal and enter this command:
sudo compiz


could, desktop, effects, enabled

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