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    HowTo: Compiz Fusion in Hardy on cards with "ati"/"radeon" open source drivers

    Thank you for the enlightening feedback on page 5, RAOF, we all appreciate this very much!

    Reason for this thread:
    Older ATI cards have been blacklisted for Compiz Fusion because of a bug in the driver, but there is an easy workaround for many cards that use the open source ati drivers. Radeon 9500 are the oldest cards to support the restricted "fglrx" drivers, so everything older requires the open source drivers to function properly. A more technical explanation is offered in RAOF's post, linked above.

    The appropriate method is as follows.
    Open a terminal and run:
    mkdir -p ~/.config/compiz/ && echo SKIP_CHECKS=yes >> ~/.config/compiz/compiz-manager
    -> You may also need to install the Compiz settings manager program that you can access from System->Preferences->Advanced Desktop Effect Settings
    sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager
    You can now load Compiz Fusion and/or revert to Metacity (the basic window manager in Gnome) with the appropriate command:
    compiz --replace &
    metacity --replace &
    I prefer making launchers in a panel for this, but it is not the only option.
    -A program called "fusion-icon" is available in the repositories (accessed from Applications->System Tools->Compiz Fusion Icon).
    -A simpler, cleaner, and equally effective tool is compiz-switch by Forlong. I suggest using the .deb installer file.

    Remember that this is a workaround and may not work for everybody. As RAOF also mentioned, do not be terribly surprised if this doesn't work or is somewhat unstable. If you have further problems, you should consider running a forum search and then posting on one of the main support forums if you still need help.
    For the record, my card is an ATI Mobility Radeon 9000.

    The original method suggested in this thread said to add SKIP_CHECKS="yes" to /usr/bin/compiz - while this works, it is not as solid as the updated method above (see RAOF's post).

    To fix this, simply open the launcher with the gksudo gedit code above and place a "#" symbol in front of the SKIP_CHECKS="yes" line that we added, save and close.
    Alternatively, you can delete the line, though I don't usually suggest deleting from files as a precautionary measure (like if you get overzealous or just confused).

    This guide also works on Intrepid Ibex Testing/Development release.
    Last edited by Rocket2DMn; June 24th, 2008 at 09:24 PM.

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