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I've been spending the last few days setting up my computer with Fedora 11. When I try to enable Desktop Effects, I get an error message telling me simply that I cannot enable desktop effects. I recall having a similar issue when I tried out Ubuntu, and, though I can't remember what I did, I enabled the use of my graphics card, and it worked.
However I don't think Fedora recognizes my ATI MOBILITY Radeon HD 3450. Or maybe it does, and this is just a different issue?
The other reason why I think something is screwy with my graphics card is that when using the Rhythmbox music player, I'll try to set the visualization to full screen, and the player will just disappear completely without so much as an error message.
I looked up this issue on Google and found other people with the same graphics card having similar issues, but none resolved as far as I could tell.
It does, but it will do that with the FOSS drivers as well. Apologies as I forgot the new (current) Xorg doesn't create an xorg.conf by default which would explain why you didn't find it (it's normally in /etc/X11).
...shows that Mobility Radeon 3450 isn't in the supported list ATM anyway. Have you looked into Compiz instead of the "built-in" 3D effects? That can even use indirect rendering if necessary.
Sorry I can't be of more help, I've stayed away from ATI once I started using *nix for this very reason. Obviously if you're using a lappy it's not that simple of course but ATI has given Linux users fits for at least a few years now.
I guess compiz is the way to go. I know that when I took Ubuntu for a spin, I did something that had to do with compiz, and got my desktop effects working. I'll look into it and let you know how it goes.