So even though unity should work with my card it doesn't, I get the usual bugs like harware activated, but not in use type stuff.
So I installed Unity 2d and it worked, but no compiz
I found out how to get compiz and unity to play nice, and it's really simple.
install the Compiz Fusion Icon, you can find it in synaptic or the command:
Then when you click on the icon it should appear in your upper right panel.
sudo apt-get install fusion-icon
Right click it and go down to compiz options, you should see the option for
Indirect Rendering, click it if it's not already checked.
Then right click again and check the Reload Windows Manager and it should blank out for sec then come back with all your old compiz keys working.
Hopefully this helps someone. It's not unity, but it'll do until the bugs are fixed.
Don't forget to put it in the startup application menu. That way you don't need to do it everytime you log in. when you do this, I noticed the icon doesn't appear in the upper right corner, but it still works.