IMPORTANT: Ubuntu Classic (without effects) works. I am trying to get unity to work.
Have the following problem with Ubuntu 11.04 (had it with 10.10 too, but disabling KMS or using the fglrx driver fixed it - cant remember exactly which). But now since the radeon driver is better than it used to i want to use it + fglrx performance kinda sucks.
So, ubuntu boots normaly until the login screen. After login it shows the background, the mouse is shown and it just remains there, it does not load the anything else. It does not freeze. I can move the mouse and can go into text console(ctrl+alt+f1).
It does not work on Ubuntu profile (Unity) or on the Ubuntu Classic (gnome + effects) profile. I even tried installing Gnome3 from their ppa, but it does not finish loading either (just like the other two).
Now my hardware : notebook Toshiba Satellite M40, Ati Radeon x600 (128mb) video card.
I haven't been able to find any errors in dmesg or other logs.
Alt+F2 does not work. Nothing pops up. There is a gnome panel loaded (I see the process in the text console) when trying Ubuntu classic (with effects). Even the unity panel service loads when I use the Ubuntu profile. I get the impression that something doesn't finish loading (in both Ubuntu and classic with effects) because if I move the mouse over to where the toolbar would be I get the working mouse.
The thing is with fglrx I get an error when trying to load unity, saying to use classic because of lack of hardware. But with the radeon driver I don't get that error, they seem to start loading but never end. They just hang.
It would be nice if radeon driver would allow me to use effects/unity/gnome3 since unity seems to run ok on an intel 945m Express integrated video card notebook. Hope updates to the driver/unity will fix my problem.
$ /usr/lib/nux/unity_support_test -p OpenGL vendor string: X.Org R300 Project OpenGL renderer string: Gallium 0.4 on ATI RV380 OpenGL version string: 2.1 Mesa 7.10.2 Not software rendered: yes Not blacklisted: yes GLX fbconfig: yes GLX texture from pixmap: yes GL npot or rect textures: yes GL vertex program: yes GL fragment program: yes GL vertex buffer object: yes GL framebuffer object: yes GL version is 1.4+: yes Unity supported: yes
Since the unity script says that I should be running unity I am leaving this question open.
Found lots of bugs related to this (i think) like ubuntu bug 777341 and ubuntu bug 758482 and lots of questions relating to it on this very site / other sites. So I will assume that this is a problem that will be resolved in ulterior Ubuntu updates.
Update 2 :
Fiddling with compiz plugins (Gnome Plugin or Unity Plugin) in CCSM does not do the trick either.
The same goes for unistalling compiz/unity and reinstalling it.
Am starting to get the feeling that this is not a thing easy to fix, and only a driver (radeon/r300g/Gallium) / compiz / unity Ubuntu update will fix this. Will probably close question soon .
Feel free to leave your opionions / fixes here and i will try them and answer.
Any ideeas? I am willing to try everything to get it to work.