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    Question 3D games cause blank screen, then desktop

    I've just downloaded some games from the Ubuntu repositories (namely Frozen Bubble, Neverball/Neverputt and SuperTuxKart).

    While Frozen Bubble works, the others don't. When I select them from the menu, the screen goes black/blank (as if loading a full-screen game), but then goes back to the desktop as if nothing happened...
    Because Frozen Bubble worked, I'm guessing it's got something to do with the other games being 3D...?

    I'm running Hardy on a new Dell Inspiron 530 with an ATI Radeon HD 2600 graphics card. I'm also running dual screens, in case that's got anything to do with it...
    Any help would be much appreciated!

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    Re: 3D games cause blank screen, then desktop

    Have you got the restricted drivers installed? you need them for 3d on the 2XXX series, and can get them by going to System -> Administration -> Hardware Drivers, and selecting the option for installing video drivers. Reboot your computer when it's finished. You might also want to disable desktop effects, because they often cause trouble with 3d games (much more often than not.)

    After you have installed the video drivers it should work, but feel free to post again if it doesn't
    Last edited by eragon100; August 29th, 2008 at 11:49 AM.

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    Re: 3D games cause blank screen, then desktop

    Hardware drivers says the device driver 'ATI accelerated graphics driver' is enabled and in use.
    Visual effects are set to 'None'.
    Problem still occurs.

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    Re: 3D games cause blank screen, then desktop

    Do other 3d games work? Try the great free first person shooter nexuiz.
    (I have never played any of the games you mention. I rather kill people )

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    Re: 3D games cause blank screen, then desktop

    Sounds like your X is restarting, post the results of this command > glxinfo
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    Re: 3D games cause blank screen, then desktop

    Thanks eragon, but I'd rather not download a 300Mb file just to test something. Let me know of any other games I could test (preferably under 100Mb) and I'll gladly download them.

    Quote Originally Posted by Codename View Post
    Sounds like your X is restarting, post the results of this command > glxinfo
    Code:
    ~$ glxinfo
    name of display: :0.0
    That's all I got. It didn't go back to the command prompt (or whatever you call it), the cursor just kept flashing away on the line below "name of...". I had to Ctrl-C to close it.

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    Re: 3D games cause blank screen, then desktop

    UPDATE: I installed a few more games;
    - Gweled (which works fine)
    - lbreackout 2 (which also works fine)
    - Lincity-NG (which has the same problem as the games mentioned previously (neverball, etc.) but the sound works...!?)
    - SuperTux (which works, until you try and enable 'Open GL' from the Options menu, then it just quits)

    Hopefully that might help with determining the problem...

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    Re: 3D games cause blank screen, then desktop

    Try assaultcube, that's also a 3d fps (so you can kill people ), but it's only 20 mb or something, definitely less than 100

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    Re: 3D games cause blank screen, then desktop

    I have this thing against non-repository, non-deb downloads...
    I'm not against FPS's, in fact I own both UT2004 and CS:S, but will downloading one of your suggested games really help determine why certain games won't work for me? Or are you just trying to get me to kill people?

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    Re: 3D games cause blank screen, then desktop

    Quote Originally Posted by BWPanda View Post
    UPDATE: I installed a few more games;
    - Gweled (which works fine)
    - lbreackout 2 (which also works fine)
    - Lincity-NG (which has the same problem as the games mentioned previously (neverball, etc.) but the sound works...!?)
    - SuperTux (which works, until you try and enable 'Open GL' from the Options menu, then it just quits)

    Hopefully that might help with determining the problem...
    Sounds like you don't have opengl installed..
    --Gmxgeek

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