View Full Version : [ubuntu] Enabling Visual Effects Issue

August 13th, 2009, 03:04 PM
So far my experience with Ubuntu and Linux in general had been great, but something that has bugged me for the longest time is that under system>preferences>appearance>visual effects I have been unable to enable even normal visual effects. When I attempt to enable them I see a loading bar for drivers, the screen blinks, and then the error messsage "visual effects cannot be enabled" pops up. Any way I can fix this? Thanks in advance for taking the time to look at my question.

August 13th, 2009, 03:13 PM
what video card and what version of ubuntu?

August 13th, 2009, 03:15 PM
ATI Radeon HD 3200, ubuntu 9.04:)

August 13th, 2009, 03:17 PM
check System - Admin - Hardware drivers and see if there is a driver listed there that you can enable. the default driver doesn't allow compiz to work

August 13th, 2009, 03:25 PM
ok, driver successfully activated the driver and I restarted the computer and tried to enable the effects again, still no luck...:(

August 13th, 2009, 03:27 PM
ok, are you using the 32bit version or 64bit?

you could try the ati driver

August 13th, 2009, 03:30 PM
I feel like such a newb, but I honestly don't know! My computer is using a 64-bit processor but I am not sure I installed a 64-bit ubuntu. Ill try installing that driver.

August 13th, 2009, 03:53 PM
open a terminal and run

uname -a

look and see if it says amd64 in the output. if it is, you need the 64bit version.

August 13th, 2009, 03:54 PM
I was unable to install the driver because it turns out I installed the 34-bit version of Ubuntu.

August 13th, 2009, 03:56 PM
okay, read the installer instructions here


August 13th, 2009, 03:57 PM
Should I maybe download the 64-bit Ubuntu 9.04 and uninstall my 32-bit version?

August 13th, 2009, 04:26 PM
32-bit Ubuntu with a Radeon HD 3200 should be fine, especially when you have restricted drivers enabled like you have done.

Can you please go into the terminal (Applications > Accessories > Terminal) and give us the output of these two commands:

compiz --replace

That second command attempts to start Compiz, which is the window manager that provides the "visual effects".