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Old 06-06-2008, 06:46 AM   #1
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Question Why arnt my Hardware Drivers showing up in Ubuntu?


I have just installed Ubuntu and now when I go to, "Hardware Drivers" nothing shows up in the box and on the top of the screen it says, "No proprietary Drivers are in use on this system". What does this mean?

And when I go to the Appearance Preference's and go to visual effects and try to enable either the Normal or Extra options I just get a message saying, "Desktop effects could not be enabled." How do I fix these errors?

I am trying to enable the Compiz features.

I have installed Ubuntu Linux on a Virtual PC called VMware, could this be the problem?

Thanks for all the help.
 
Old 06-06-2008, 06:51 AM   #2
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I have installed Ubuntu Linux on a Virtual PC called VMware, could this be the problem?
Yes, there is little to no 3D graphics support in virtualised environments such as VMWare and VirtualBox.
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"No proprietary Drivers are in use on this system". What does this mean?
That your system doesn't use an nVidia or ATI card (it uses a virtualised graphics card supplied through VMWare).
 
Old 06-06-2008, 10:51 AM   #3
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thanks for the help . SO if I would like the full features of Compiz then would I have to install it on my computer and not on a virtual PC?

Thanks
 
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thanks for the help . SO if I would like the full features of Compiz then would I have to install it on my computer and not on a virtual PC?
That's (partially) correct.

You may be able to find a LiveCD for some distributions which includes compiz, which means you would boot off the CD/DVD, and it would run the operating system, but it wouldn't install anything to you hard drive. I'm not sure if many exist, though. The only one I can think might do this is Sabayon Linux.

Another alternative is to try to use the Wubi install for Ubuntu, which allows you to install Ubuntu (and use all your hardware to its fullest potential) without partitioning your hard drive, or installing a new boot loader. It's actually quite an elegant system.
 
  


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