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    Question Compiz partial failure after update 12.04

    Hello everyone,

    I have a 32bit PC with 12.04 Ubuntu. It has a Radeon ATI graphics (Cedar Pro, Radeon HP 5450) card and I installed catalyst to get better performance.

    After an update yesterday, my desktop has been really slow. The Alt-tab application switcher that used to be very nice was reduced to a windows-xp like switcher with very small tabs. Also the start button runs very slow.

    I tried:

    unity -- reset

    but got many Fatal errors with compiz in general.

    This command didn't work either: gconftool-2 --recursive-unset /apps/compiz-1

    I got the compiz manager, but any changes I made are not applied, even after restart...

    I am a little hesitant to reinstall the whole compiz and/or in case the desktop fails completely? Is it safe to do that considering I have the radeon 3rd party graphics drivers?

    Any advice is highly appreciated!

    Thanks!
    Pedro

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    Re: Compiz partial failure after update 12.04

    The XP-like switcher suggests that you're not using Ubuntu 3D. Run this and post the output:
    Code:
    echo $DESKTOP_SESSION
    if the output is 'ubuntu', then it's Ubuntu 3D. If it's 'ubuntu 2d', then it's Ubuntu 2D.

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    Re: Compiz partial failure after update 12.04

    Thanks zombifier25,

    Turns out I have ubuntu2D.
    However, I solved the problem by reinstalling the catalyst drivers, everything runs smoothly and the Alt Tab and Super+W are back!

    I sometimes have the compiz crashing randomly tough. It is a pitty that ubuntu updates conflict with non-ubuntu graphics drivers.

    Thanks for your help!
    Pedro

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