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Thread: Display and Compiz

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    Display and Compiz

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    I just got my panp6 and love it. Quick question:

    When I go to System > Preferences > Display, I get a message that reads:

    "It appears that your graphics driver does not support the necessary extensions to use this tool. Do you want to use your graphics driver vendor's tool instead?"

    Naturally, I click "Yes"

    Then I see a window entitled "NVIDIA X Server Settings", which I am unfamiliar with. Is this normal, or is there anything I should do?

    The reason I ask, is I was looking for Compiz and wound up looking at System > Preferences > Display. I see that Compiz appears in my list Ubuntu Software Center as installed. I thought I would find it under System > Preferences > ccsm, but do not see it. Compiz, however, is clearly enabled, because I get wobbly windows when I move them, etc., which is great, but wanted to fine-tune my Compiz settings. Where is it? Thanks, and my next computer will definitely be a System76. Cheers.

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    Re: Display and Compiz

    As compiz appears to be installed and functioning, and you want to play about with extra features, try installing compizconfig-settings-manager in Synaptic.

    You'll then find it in the System > Preferences menu.

    Or you can use simple-ccsm which has fewer features/settings.
    Last edited by howefield; January 14th, 2010 at 01:16 AM.

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    Re: Display and Compiz

    Many thanks.

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    Re: Display and Compiz

    Then I see a window entitled "NVIDIA X Server Settings", which I am unfamiliar with. Is this normal, or is there anything I should do?
    Yes, that is normal. NVIDIA X Server Settings is the preferred way of configuring the display on an nVidia machine. System > Preferences > Display doesn't have the capability.

    Compiz comes with any Ubuntu installation nowadays. It's not something you 'go to,' per se. It's a graphics engine that runs beneath the surface.

    You can disable it by going to System > Prefs > Appearance > Visual Effects > None. This comes in handy every once in a while, as there are still occasional conflicts between compiz and some software.

    Howefield's answer is right on the money for providing a tool that allows you to customize compiz's settings.
    To err is human, to forgive is very ... dog-like.

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