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    Video card problems please help!!

    Ok I have searched for the last hour and cant find anything that helps with my problem. I have a dell inspiron 5100 and I cant get the desktop effects to work. Im guessing its because i dont have the right video drivers installed but I'm not even sure what video card I have (I bought the laptop from a friend that didnt know the specs.) Any help would be great. Thanks.

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    Re: Video card problems please help!!

    Laptop specs please

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    Re: Video card problems please help!!

    What specs are you looking for? Im not sure what video card it has, thats why I dont know if I have the right drivers or not. Is there a way to find the specs?

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    Re: Video card problems please help!!

    Well... this should be written somewhere in the laptop, but...

    Ok, so... do ubuntu present you with a message saying your drivers aren't installed?

    Anyway, it seems it uses an ATi Radeon 7500 with 32MB. It's a pretty old laptop, isn't it? ^^

    Anyway, it seems to be good too...

    So... if Ubuntu don't recognize it and show you the message, from the Restrict drivers manager, you can download Envy and see if it solve the problem for you. For Hardy, envyng is present in the package manager, synaptic.

    But, it shouldn't solve your problem. It's a pretty old GPU, so it shouldn't even support the effects required for the 3D Desktop.

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    Re: Video card problems please help!!

    yea your right it is old and it is a radeon 7500. So there is noway to get the desktop effects to work with this card? Also is there a video card you would recomend?

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    Re: Video card problems please help!!

    Quote Originally Posted by diirka View Post
    yea your right it is old and it is a radeon 7500. So there is noway to get the desktop effects to work with this card? Also is there a video card you would recomend?
    Code:
    lspci | grep -i vga
    will tell you about the card.

    For desktop effects, you need to support compositing mode. This is activated automatically when you start the desktop effects manager (usually compiz).

    Open a terminal (Applications-Accessories-Terminal) then type the following command and post the output of the command here.

    Code:
    compiz --replace
    That will tell us where the problem lies with desktop effects.
    Cheers,PRShah
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    Re: Video card problems please help!!

    diirka@diirka-laptop:~$ lspci | grep -i vga
    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Radeon Mobility M7 LW [Radeon Mobility 7500]
    diirka@diirka-laptop:~$ compiz --replace
    Checking for Xgl: not present.
    Found laptop using ati driver.
    aborting and using fallback: /usr/bin/metacity

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    Re: Video card problems please help!!

    Isn't this one of the ATI cards that's blacklisted in Hardy...?

    Look here: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...+mobility+7500

    There does seem to be a way to get it to work, somewhere in that thread.

    I know compiz works on that card since I have a Thinkpad R40 running Gutsy now with full 3-D.
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    Re: Video card problems please help!!

    Code:
    andrebrait@andrebrait-desktop:~$ compiz --replace
    Checking for Xgl: not present. 
    Detected PCI ID for VGA: 01:00.0 0300: 10de:0402 (rev a1) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
    Checking for texture_from_pixmap: present. 
    Checking for non power of two support: present. 
    Checking for Composite extension: present. 
    Comparing resolution (1440x900) to maximum 3D texture size (8192): Passed.
    Checking for nVidia: present. 
    Checking for FBConfig: present. 
    Checking for Xgl: not present. 
    Starting gtk-window-decorator
    /usr/bin/compiz.real (video) - Warn: No 8 bit GLX pixmap format, disabling YV12 image format
    GConf backend: There is an unsupported value at path /apps/compiz/plugins/scale/allscreens/options/initiate_edge. Settings from this path won't be read. Try to remove that value so that operation can continue properly.
    That's what this copmmand says to my 8600GT
    What's that advice in the last line?

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    Re: Video card problems please help!!

    Quote Originally Posted by andrebrait View Post
    Code:
    GConf backend: There is an unsupported value at path /apps/compiz/plugins/scale/allscreens/options/initiate_edge. Settings from this path won't be read. Try to remove that value so that operation can continue properly.
    What's that advice in the last line?
    To delete the value, press Alt+F2 and give the command
    Code:
    gconf-editor
    , then navigate to the value mentioned above and delete it.
    Cheers,PRShah
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