View Full Version : [SOLVED] How to disable ALL desktop effects

December 14th, 2011, 09:40 PM
Hi all,

This issue is killing me, really. I want to stop all desktop effects... for that I was using gnome (no effect) but a friend of mine asked me to try a cairo-dock which enabled some effects (open-gl) on my desktop. Now I have removed the cairo-dock but I am still left with some effects that is causing moving files on my desktop make a trail behind them...

Ubuntu 11.10 is the worst thing ever happened in Ubuntu. :sad:

December 14th, 2011, 10:15 PM
At the log in screen, click the 'gear' icon and you should see the option to boot 'Ubuntu 2D' which, as I understand, has no graphics effects for lower powered graphics processors.

Frogs Hair
December 14th, 2011, 11:11 PM
This post may be of interest . http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1886799

December 15th, 2011, 01:01 AM
Thanks for the replies.

I really tried these, among other methods, before I post. I seem not to be able to remove these desktop effects.
They are very difficult to live with. I installed IceWM as another WM for now. but I am also preparing a new machine for another distro installation (yes, to that extent I am willing to get rid of this/these effects)

I hope someone can tell us how to sovle this issue - how to get rid of ALL desktop effects shipped with Ubuntu 11.10. It's amazing how they made almost impossible to find the settings anywhere in the available menues!

December 15th, 2011, 03:24 AM
IceWM is very minimal. If you want to keep Unity, just switch to XFCE and add unity-2d-spread to your startup apps.

December 15th, 2011, 03:24 AM
Out of curiosity, do you have any additional drivers installed?

December 15th, 2011, 04:30 AM

nvidia - but ihave it since ages and had not such a stupid problem before.

December 15th, 2011, 05:38 PM
I installed cairo-dock again, with composite-manager-toggle, and I clicked toggle. It asked for confirmation, I said yes. all is fine.
I don't know what exactly happened, but all is fine now - at least almost fine now.
Let someone ask them to get things as good and as clear as Ubuntu11.04.

I will remove cairo-dock stuff and see what will happen.

December 16th, 2011, 12:43 AM
I installed cairo-dock again, with composite-manager-toggle, and I clicked toggle.
Then it's maybe this?:

gconftool-2 --toggle /apps/metacity/general/compositing_manager
If yes, this has always been a hidden setting, unless any third-party app makes it accessible. ;-)