Did blacklisting the i915 driver do anything? I haven't tried it yet, but I was just wondering.
I tried using "nomodeset" in grub, but all that happened was I lost my 3d support, and could not log in to Ubuntu 3D.
GLXGears gives me 35fps without nomodeset and 25fps with it.
Compiz check output (without nomodeset):
Gathering information about your system...
Distribution: Ubuntu 12.04
Desktop environment: GNOME
Graphics chip: Intel Corporation 82Q963/Q965 Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 02)
Driver in use: vesa
Rendering method: AIGLX
Checking if it's possible to run Compiz on your system... [SKIP]
Checking for hardware/setup problems... [SKIP]
At least one check had to be skipped:
Error: vesa driver in use
Would you like to know more? (Y/n) y
The vesa driver is not capable of running Compiz, you need to install
the proper driver for your graphics card.