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Old 01-29-2008, 03:12 PM   #1
Registered: Oct 2007
Distribution: Gentoo, Slackware
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compiz-fusion problems with slackware ati x1600pro

Yesterday I installed compiz-fusion on my system ( tutorial is very good, it worked fot me). I works fine and looks nice, but there are some small problems. Here is a list:

1. the application laucher in kde (i don't know how to name it, but it can be activited with <alt>+<F2>): i can't see what i type, it is in the input field but is invisible.
2. Compiz-fusion doesn't start the right way when i login, i need to login two or three times until it runs good (i.e. emerald runs and all other functions work as they should)
3. in konqueror, when i download something, the progress bar doesn't work
4. Something the framerate is a bit low (but i think this has to do with the ati-drivers)
5. Blender + compiz-fusion = bad : blender doesn't work with it (i think this is something with the composite extension)

Are these problems hardware or driver problems, or just something wich isn't right in compiz-fusion?

My videocard is an ati x1600pro, with slackware and kde 3.5.7
Old 02-01-2008, 08:33 AM   #2
Registered: Jan 2008
Location: Toronto, Canada
Distribution: Slackware, CentOS
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ATI x-Series gets a LOT of complaints

Hi Konqi,

I ran into similar problems when I attempted to install Linux on an IBM T60 with an ATI X1300 (mobility) card. When I did my look-ups regarding errors, etc, I discovered that the drivers were simply not working correctly. Of course, my compiz wouldn't even load and just dumped horrible error logs all over the place like a giant whale vomiting out vomiting fish.

Do you have the latest drivers from ATI?
Have you tried other, non-official driver sources for your chipset/card?
Have you checked with the ati functions for the compatibility of your card and that its enabled correctly?
Is the xorg.conf file configured to use your card's actual drivers or is it defaulting to VESA?
Any errors in the logs?

(sorry, but lots of questions means maybe an answer to advance the plot)

Most people who have problems are complaining that the entire thing does not work or that massive chunks of the featureset are disabled, so I guess you have it pretty lucky compared to those who are just drooling over compiz vids on youtube and screenshots on the site.


Old 06-26-2008, 08:18 PM   #3
Registered: Jun 2008
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Distribution: Debian Testing
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Slackware ait mobility w7 7500

I've had an IBM T40 for a little while and liked the price and all. And I just picked up another one yesterday. I just installed Slackware 12.1 on it with the GSB Gnome DE. I love Gnome and I was hoping to make this laptop the one to show my friends and be like "Who needs Vista with eyecandy like this" and all that good stuff. But the computer has sucky, out of date graphics/video card. ATI mobility w7 7500. I know that the card can use 3D graphics, I used to have Ubuntu Gusty on my other laptop and the compiz-fusion worked fine. I'm also posting the video part of my xorg.conf.

# **********************************************************************
# Graphics device section
# **********************************************************************

# Any number of graphics device sections may be present

Section "Device"
    Identifier  "VESA Framebuffer"
    Driver      "VESA"
    #VideoRam    4096
    # Insert Clocks lines here if appropriate
Thanks for all help in advance.
Old 06-27-2008, 02:15 AM   #4
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you have change this:
Driver      "VESA"
Driver      "ati"
or (if you have an ati radeon graphics card)
Driver      "radeon"
then you use the opensource ati drivers. I don't know if the opensource drivers work with compiz.

I use the closedsource drivers from ati, but i don't think they will work for your card.

By the way i forgot to mention that compiz-fusion is running smoothly (and usable, without annoying things like in the first post). I use the latest ati drivers.


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