I am a new user to Ubuntu (9.04) on a 1st generation Macbook Pro. I installed 9.04, and everything works great, except that, when turning on a few 3D effects in compfiz, the system slows down to a halt, making it unusable. I've been playing around and trying to install the proprietary drivers for the past week, with bad results. Usually, my efforts result in Ubuntu not being able to boot, and me getting a black screen and weird static instead:
I've tried getting help in the #ubuntu irc channel, and while everyone who helped was incredibly patient and helpful (for which I am extremley thankful for, and made me already glad I have switched to Linux), we haven't been able to figure it out.
I've gotten that screen with static twice, after going into Synaptic, and searching for "ATI Radeon" and checking the drivers option that comes up. I've been forced to reinstall 9.04 after each of these incidents.
I'd really really like to play around with Ubuntu's eye candy, so any help is really appreciated.