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GumpTron
April 24th, 2009, 10:45 AM
Thank you for taking the time to read this.

I have just installed the newest version of Ubuntu and I would like to find a dock for my desktop. I have heard of something called "Simdock", but I was not able to install it.

I use "Rocketdock" on my Vista OS and I love it. I really want a "dock" on my Ubuntu desktop and I have heard some really nice ones are available. Any help is appreciated. Thank you.

random turnip
April 24th, 2009, 10:49 AM
Rocketdock is my favorite thing about Vista right now, lol.

Yes, i know for a fact that there is at least one decent dock application on Ubuntu, i've seen numerous screenshots, but as i'm not on Ubuntu right now i can only advise to search for "dock" in the get application window.

GumpTron
April 24th, 2009, 10:51 AM
Rocketdock is my favorite thing about Vista right now, lol.

Yes, i know for a fact that there is at least one decent dock application on Ubuntu, i've seen numerous screenshots, but as i'm not on Ubuntu right now i can only advise to search for "dock" in the get application window.

i searched for "dock" in the add/remove program and I did not get anything. Any other ideas?

slibuntu
April 24th, 2009, 10:59 AM
Avant Window Navigator is one of the best docks.

I also love the dock of Gnome Do, install gnome do, go to preferences, and select the appearance and pick the dock one. It's great

Peter09
April 24th, 2009, 11:00 AM
AWn is a good doc.
You can install with


sudo apt-get install avant-window-navigator

sudo apt-get install awn-manager

GumpTron
April 24th, 2009, 11:07 AM
AWn is a good doc.
You can install with


sudo apt-get install avant-window-navigator

sudo apt-get install awn-manager

did this, but where do i find the dock to activate it?

Peter09
April 24th, 2009, 11:10 AM
System->Preferences->Awn Manager (tick the startup on boot box)

You can also start it from a terminal with


avant-window-navigator

GumpTron
April 24th, 2009, 11:14 AM
System->Preferences->Awn Manager (tick the startup on boot box)

You can also start it from a terminal with


avant-window-navigator

Works! Thank you.

riza hylviu
April 24th, 2009, 11:16 AM
Mine is in Applications/accessories ,
it does not start always when you boot ubuntu so yo have to add it to start up aplications System/Preferences/Start up applications with the command
avant-window-navigator

GumpTron
April 24th, 2009, 11:29 AM
I am getting "Warning: Screen isn't composited. Please run compiz (-fusion) or another compositing manager".

HELP! I am not able to load the dock and my compiz settings aren't working at boot up.

Peter09
April 24th, 2009, 11:30 AM
Yep - you have a problem with your graphics.

Post the output of


lshw -C video

GumpTron
April 24th, 2009, 11:31 AM
Yep - you have a problem with your graphics.

Post the output of


lshw -C video

WARNING: you should run this program as super-user.
*-display
description: VGA compatible controller
product: GeForce 9600M GT
vendor: nVidia Corporation
physical id: 0
bus info: pci@0000:01:00.0
version: a1
width: 64 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: bus_master cap_list
configuration: driver=nvidia latency=0 module=nvidia

Peter09
April 24th, 2009, 11:33 AM
if you run compiz in a terminal what errors do you get?

JoshuaRL
April 24th, 2009, 11:33 AM
Two things: 1). What graphics card do you have? If you don't know, go to Applications->Accessories and open the Terminal. From there, put this in:

lspci
Then post it in a thread with
tags around it.

2). What graphics driver are you using, and is there a proprietary one available? Go to System->Administration and open Hardware Drivers. What do you see there?

GumpTron
April 24th, 2009, 11:35 AM
if you run compiz in a terminal what errors do you get?

im a noob, just installed today. Tell me what you need me to do so I can get you the info.

FYI compiz and all the settings were working fine until i tired to use that dock application.

Peter09
April 24th, 2009, 11:37 AM
Open a terminal by
Applications->Accessories->Terminal

then type in the terminal the following


compiz

what happens, paste any errors here.

Peter09
April 24th, 2009, 11:38 AM
Just thought---
go to System->Preferences->Appearance

Got to the visual effects tab and tick EXTRA

GumpTron
April 24th, 2009, 11:40 AM
Just thought---
go to System->Preferences->Appearance

Got to the visual effects tab and tick EXTRA

"desktop effects could not be enabled"

GumpTron
April 24th, 2009, 11:40 AM
Open a terminal by
Applications->Accessories->Terminal

then type in the terminal the following


compiz

what happens, paste any errors here.

$ compiz
Checking for Xgl: not present.
xset q doesn't reveal the location of the log file. Using fallback /var/log/Xorg.0.log
No whitelisted driver found
aborting and using fallback: /usr/bin/metacity

Peter09
April 24th, 2009, 11:42 AM
Suggests that your graphics driver is not setup.

Check that in

System->Administration->Hardware Drivers

to see if a third party driver needs to be enabled.

GumpTron
April 24th, 2009, 11:46 AM
Suggests that your graphics driver is not setup.

Check that in

System->Administration->Hardware Drivers

to see if a third party driver needs to be enabled.

I did the search, but for the record I had set this up earlier and it worked fine. Anyway, I did the update (again) and it worked. I then enabled the extra features in "visual effects" and I now have a working dock and my compiz is working. I am going to restart to see if it holds, brb.

GumpTron
April 24th, 2009, 12:08 PM
everything seems to be working. Thank you for your help

Peter09
April 24th, 2009, 12:12 PM
Great - enjoy

slibuntu
April 24th, 2009, 01:07 PM
Another happy customer :)