Howto – Configure Compiz for the Intel 954GM Chipset

This Howto only applies to Ubuntu Feisty on a 32bit Intel platform, use at your own risk.

Just trying to configure Compiz on Ubunto Fiesty, I’m currently just reading the installation instructions on the Unbutu Help website. I also found lots of useful information on the Unofficial Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn) Starter Guide which is a font of pretty useful information.

Just added the following to /etc/X11/xorg.conf

[code lang=”bash”]# Added to the “Section Module”
# The greyed out ones were already in my version, they may not be in yours however
# Load “dri”
Load “dbe”
# Load “glx”
# EndSection
[/code]

[code lang=”bash”]# Section “Device”
Option “XAANoOffscreenPixmaps” “true”
# EndSection[/code]

[code lang=”bash”]
# Already in my xorg.conf, just putting the following in as a placeholder.

# Section “DRI”
# Mode 0666
# EndSection

Section “Extensions”
Option “Composite” “Enable”
EndSection

# I had to remove this on my workstation, it just didn’t work for me, I’m including it for
# completeness.
# Section “ServerLayout”
# Option “AIGLX” “true”
# EndSection
[/code]

Install Beryl Manager
Open up a terminal and type the following (we are assuming that you are currently connected to the net).
[code lang=”bash”]
sudo aptitude install beryl emerald-themes beryl-manager
beryl-manager –no-force-window-manager
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Start Beryl
If it doesn’t start on its own (In a terminal and type)
[code lang=”bash”]
beryl-manager
emerald –replace
[/code]

Have Beryl and Emerald load on login

o System -> Preferences -> Sessions
o Startup Programs -> New
[code lang=”bash”]
beryl-manager
[/code]

and
[code lang=”bash”]
emerald –replace
[/code]

If, on reboot, program menus aren’t displaying in the correct layer (you can’t see them when you select them because they are displaying behind the window) then right click on the ‘Beryl Manager’ icon in the panel (the red gem icon) and select ‘Reload Window Manager’. The problem should be solved the next time you reboot.

If when you start Beryl you find your windows have no title bar (with the minimise, maximise and close buttons) or borders, you may need to add the following line to the device section of the file /etc/X11/xorg.conf (See this page for details):
[code lang=”bash”]
Option “AddARGBGLXVisuals” “True”
[/code]
and change to
[code lang=”bash”]
DefaultDepth 24
[/code]
in the “Screen” section.

I noticed after installing that “Totem Movie Player” doesn’t seem to be working, it’s just showing a blue screen when I’m trying to watch a DVD, I did a little searching and found the fix here.

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