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January 9th, 2011, 08:26 AM

Just installed ubuntu (10.10) about 5 days ago, it worked great!
Desktop effects worked fine.

THEN, I updated. Things went to sh*t. desktop effects aren't working. No 3D Cube, No Virtual Desktops, Nothing. When I go to Visual Effects and press Normal or Extra the screen flickers a few times then it says "Desktop effects could not be enabled" not even my screensaver works.:confused:
Its not my graphics/video card (it worked fine before)

please give quick and easy help.

January 9th, 2011, 09:16 AM
It's -what a surprise ;-)- an issue with the video driver. Which one are you using? What video card/chip?

January 9th, 2011, 12:43 PM
you could try reinstalling your Graphics card drivers again? That might work...

January 20th, 2011, 02:41 PM

I had to reinstall all the compiz stuff and install ubuntu tweak.

January 20th, 2011, 07:55 PM
Glad to hear! It's apparently not always the video driver to blame in those cases, thanks for the feedback. Why Ubuntu Tweak?

January 22nd, 2011, 10:49 AM
I don't know what ubuntu tweak has to do with it but it works!

June 4th, 2011, 08:34 AM
A+... Thanks for this... This effects stuff has been bugging the crap out of me for some time. I was running PardusLinux KDE and everything worked fine but when I switched back to Kubuntu (because German is too difficult to understand and get support for) so I knew my Intel card was fine. All I did was remove compiz at the KpackageKit and reinstall it.

again, THANKS!!!:D