[ubuntu-uk] compiz startup doesn't work

Andrew Oakley Andrew.Oakley at hesa.ac.uk
Tue Dec 16 14:05:50 GMT 2008

Alan Pope wrote:
> 2008/12/16 Andrew Oakley <andrew at aoakley.com>:
> > This sounds like a broken xorg.conf file. Try running without an
> > xorg.conf file. Hardy and Intrepid should manage without one, and/or
> > automatically generate a new one for you. Then use the restricted
> > drivers utility System ->  Administration -> Hardware Drivers (NOT
> > ENVY!!!) to install drivers if required.
> You know envy is in the repo these days, and the author is not only a
> MOTU but is Featured Contributor on the hall of fame?

I don't doubt that envy is ideal for getting the most out of hardware,
but if you're starting from a situation where the desktop just plain
Does Not Work, it'd be better not to complicate things. Start from a
blank page (no xorg.conf) and work up. Once you've got the basics
working, and the restricted drivers, and compiz, then you can start
worrying about which driver gives good 4xAA performance or whatnot. I've
found envy to work great provided I install envy drivers on top of an
already working system. Conversely, I've found envy to complicate
matters unnecessarily when applied to a non-working system.

Andrew Oakley


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