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Thread: Please help me with Compiz -Nvidia 6200 drivers. Arggh.

  1. #1
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    Sep 2012

    Please help me with Compiz -Nvidia 6200 drivers. Arggh.

    I have a P4 2.4 Ghz machine with a nVidia geForce 6200 pci card, 256mb. I have tried at least 4 iterations of Mint and other Ubuntu variants, trying to find a distro that will install the proper drivers that will enable desktop effects and run compiz.

    I currently have Ubuntu installed (10.04)

    I have tried enabling the additional/proprietary drivers, (all three that come up when I go to additional drivers) to no avail. I always get"desktop effects could not be enabled"

    I have, in researching the issue, also tried the following:

    sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-x-swat/x-updates
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install nvidia-current nvidia-settings

    Also to no avail.

    It would appear that some have in fact had success running compiz with this particular card.

    What do y'all think? Is there a distro that will work better? I'm using buntu 10.04 now, because I read of some accounts where folks had the 6200 working on that distro.

    Is there a procedure I am missing somewhere? Is 256mb of video memory just not enough?

    I brought the live usb stick to work, and it worked on my work pc just fine (which, granted, is newer)

    I would greatly appreciate some assistance on the matter from the collective Ubuntu geeks.....

    Thanks kindly!

    Last edited by Bullpen; September 15th, 2012 at 10:54 PM.

  2. #2
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    Sep 2012
    Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

    Re: Please help me with Compiz -Nvidia 6200 drivers. Arggh.

    Add the x-swat ppa like you did then

    sudo apt-get update

    then try going to dash menu and type in jockey then download and install the Post-Release-Current nvidia driver should be 304.x

    When I had a Nvidia chipset I had a plethora of problems with the Nvidia 179-29x.x drivers the only drivers that worked for me where the 304.x drivers honestly that chipset gave me such a hard time with installing anything I ended up selling it It got to the point where 2D Unity wouldn't boot or even Xfce in Xubuntu.
    + Linux Mint 13 Cinnamon 64bit +
    Lubuntu 12.04 PPC 32bit G4 | Ubuntu 12.04 PPC 64bit G5

  3. #3
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    Sep 2012

    Re: Please help me with Compiz -Nvidia 6200 drivers. Arggh.

    Thx epod, -I could use an elaboration on the procedures outlined above... Still pretty new to the Os ( as you probably surmised)

    I may give this a go and see if i cant break my install. ( not for lack of good instruction- do appreciate the hints. I just have a way of messing things up...) Failing that, i think perhaps rather than struggling with this, I will be looking for a more user friendly video card. Life's too short to fool with sort of thing when options to solve the problem with a small investment exist.

    Recommendations welcome. If there are some known options in the pci graphics card department that do not require some magical combination of voodoo, the force and a Torvalds-like knowledge of the command line, that would be super dee duper.
    Last edited by Bullpen; September 16th, 2012 at 04:33 AM.

  4. #4
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    Sep 2012

    Re: Please help me with Compiz -Nvidia 6200 drivers. Arggh.

    Bump. Managed to get the 304.43 version of the nvidia drivers installed, thanks to a little research and the script provided by people much smarter than myself at:

    No avail. Still get "Desktop effects could not be enabled".

    Is it the chipset or the amount of memory on the card that is the problem?

    Does someone have a recommended PCI card that would run compiz without the hoop jumping?


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