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Andrew Hodgson wrote:
>>> I have a Ubuntu 7.10 installation on an AMD dual-core machine with 1GB
>>> of RAM and onboard video hardware. I set the video hardware to give
>>> 128MB of video ram in the BIOS, but I am unable to start desktop effects
>>> â it gives me an error stating that desktop effects cannot be started,
>>> and goes back to the off state.
>> open a terminal and type "compiz" in there, it should spit out some
>> meaningful error. if you can paste the results here we might be able to
> It says that there is no XGL hardware found. When I look in the xorg.conf
> file, it says I am using the Vesa driver, which explains it.
> Basically what this is is a cheap machine which I got from a local store. It
> is ESys branded, but is a standard case with motherboard, CD-rom, and SATA
> HDD, and nothing else. The manual states that the motherboard is a Foxconn
> K8M890M2MA-RS2H motherboard. I checked the specs, and it is a Via based
> graphics chip. As the BIOS was completely outdated, I tried updating this
> and scanning for new hardware, but no luck.
Ugh. Via based chip? I doubt this will run Compiz. Could be wrong
> This came preloaded with Ubuntu 6.06LTS, and I formatted to 7.10. As the
> Compiz was not in that version, it probably didn't matter, and for only Â150
> with a dual-core processor with 1GB RAM, I couldn't expect a lot.
> One of the reasons for me trying this new machine, was that on my current
> Dell, I had issues with the higher spec Nvidia card I have in here, so what
> would be a "cheap and works well with Ubuntu" card?
On the low end I've got the basic effects working with a 32mb ATI Radeon
7000 card. My recommendation would be to go with NVidia however if you
are going to purchase a card. Do you have an AGP slot or PCIx for
Any NVidia card from the last few years should work just fine for you, I
wouldn't sink lots of $$ into a new cutting edge one.
Also, what monitor are you trying to drive and what resolution are you
> Whilst a bit off the subject of the thread, I checked in here, and found
> loads of sections for a graphics tablet, is this normal? I don't have one
> attached to the system, only a PS/2 mouse and keyboard, although the keyboard
> that came with it has some keys at the top which are special shortcut keys,
> presumably designed with Windows in mind.
Totally normal. Safe to ignore.
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