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I have a plain kubuntu/ubuntu (by way of installing ubuntu-desktop) on my thinkpad x201 laptop. It's got a core i5 with the intel 5700MHD graphics. Ubuntu's run fine on it since I first purchased it, in the 10.04-ish era. Mint also works fine. In all cases, I would generally use the same compiz profile which I've created some time ago. One of the things it adds is blur for transparent windows using the gaussian blur effect.

Since Unity has come along though (I'd say I was affected in natty, but I hardly ran unity on it, so I can't say for certain - definitely I'm affected by this in oneiric) I haven't been able to use blur anymore. Mint lmde using latest everything, it worked fine, but on Oneiric, if I use the 4X bilinear blur, the images are all inverted (once horizontally, and again vertically). If I switch to Gaussian blur, the windows are no longer "painted" on the screen, though parts appear if I mouse over them... sometimes.

Any ideas why blur is apparently no longer supported using unity on intel 5700MHD graphics? I haven't tried using the ubuntu x-swat PPA for bleeding edge drivers, because I use this laptop for various important tasks while mobile, so I don't want to enable any unrecommended/unstable PPA's.

Here is the output of glxinfo, after installing mesa-utils, as well as the output of lshw:

    sandro@pocketrocket:~$ sudo lshw -c display
  *-display               
       description: VGA compatible controller
       product: Core Processor Integrated Graphics Controller
       vendor: Intel Corporation
       physical id: 2
       bus info: pci@0000:00:02.0
       version: 02
       width: 64 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: msi pm vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom
       configuration: driver=i915 latency=0
       resources: irq:42 memory:f2000000-f23fffff memory:d0000000-dfffffff ioport:1800(size=8)


    sandro@pocketrocket:~$ glxinfo
name of display: :0.0
display: :0  screen: 0
direct rendering: Yes
server glx vendor string: SGI
server glx version string: 1.4
server glx extensions:
    GLX_ARB_multisample, GLX_EXT_import_context, GLX_EXT_texture_from_pixmap, 
    GLX_EXT_visual_info, GLX_EXT_visual_rating, GLX_MESA_copy_sub_buffer, 
    GLX_OML_swap_method, GLX_SGI_make_current_read, GLX_SGI_swap_control, 
    GLX_SGIS_multisample, GLX_SGIX_fbconfig, GLX_SGIX_pbuffer, 
    GLX_SGIX_visual_select_group, GLX_INTEL_swap_event
client glx vendor string: Mesa Project and SGI
client glx version string: 1.4
client glx extensions:
    GLX_ARB_get_proc_address, GLX_ARB_multisample, GLX_EXT_import_context, 
    GLX_EXT_visual_info, GLX_EXT_visual_rating, GLX_EXT_framebuffer_sRGB, 
    GLX_MESA_copy_sub_buffer, GLX_MESA_multithread_makecurrent, 
    GLX_MESA_swap_control, GLX_OML_swap_method, GLX_OML_sync_control, 
    GLX_SGI_make_current_read, GLX_SGI_swap_control, GLX_SGI_video_sync, 
    GLX_SGIS_multisample, GLX_SGIX_fbconfig, GLX_SGIX_pbuffer, 
    GLX_SGIX_visual_select_group, GLX_EXT_texture_from_pixmap, 
    GLX_INTEL_swap_event
GLX version: 1.4
GLX extensions:
    GLX_ARB_get_proc_address, GLX_ARB_multisample, GLX_EXT_import_context, 
    GLX_EXT_visual_info, GLX_EXT_visual_rating, GLX_MESA_copy_sub_buffer, 
    GLX_MESA_multithread_makecurrent, GLX_MESA_swap_control, 
    GLX_OML_swap_method, GLX_OML_sync_control, GLX_SGI_make_current_read, 
    GLX_SGI_swap_control, GLX_SGI_video_sync, GLX_SGIS_multisample, 
    GLX_SGIX_fbconfig, GLX_SGIX_pbuffer, GLX_SGIX_visual_select_group, 
    GLX_EXT_texture_from_pixmap, GLX_INTEL_swap_event
OpenGL vendor string: Tungsten Graphics, Inc
OpenGL renderer string: Mesa DRI Intel(R) Ironlake Mobile 
OpenGL version string: 2.1 Mesa 7.11
OpenGL shading language version string: 1.20
OpenGL extensions:
    GL_ARB_multisample, GL_EXT_abgr, GL_EXT_bgra, GL_EXT_blend_color, 
    GL_EXT_blend_logic_op, GL_EXT_blend_minmax, GL_EXT_blend_subtract, 
    GL_EXT_copy_texture, GL_EXT_polygon_offset, GL_EXT_subtexture, 
    GL_EXT_texture_object, GL_EXT_vertex_array, GL_EXT_compiled_vertex_array, 
    GL_EXT_texture, GL_EXT_texture3D, GL_IBM_rasterpos_clip, 
    GL_ARB_point_parameters, GL_EXT_draw_range_elements, GL_EXT_packed_pixels, 
    GL_EXT_point_parameters, GL_EXT_rescale_normal, 
    GL_EXT_separate_specular_color, GL_EXT_texture_edge_clamp, 
    GL_SGIS_generate_mipmap, GL_SGIS_texture_border_clamp, 
    GL_SGIS_texture_edge_clamp, GL_SGIS_texture_lod, GL_ARB_framebuffer_sRGB, 
    GL_ARB_multitexture, GL_EXT_framebuffer_sRGB, 
    GL_IBM_multimode_draw_arrays, GL_IBM_texture_mirrored_repeat, 
    GL_3DFX_texture_compression_FXT1, GL_ARB_texture_cube_map, 
    GL_ARB_texture_env_add, GL_ARB_transpose_matrix, 
    GL_EXT_blend_func_separate, GL_EXT_fog_coord, GL_EXT_multi_draw_arrays, 
    GL_EXT_secondary_color, GL_EXT_texture_env_add, 
    GL_EXT_texture_filter_anisotropic, GL_EXT_texture_lod_bias, 
    GL_INGR_blend_func_separate, GL_NV_blend_square, GL_NV_light_max_exponent, 
    GL_NV_texgen_reflection, GL_NV_texture_env_combine4, 
    GL_SUN_multi_draw_arrays, GL_ARB_texture_border_clamp, 
    GL_ARB_texture_compression, GL_EXT_framebuffer_object, 
    GL_EXT_texture_env_dot3, GL_MESA_window_pos, GL_NV_packed_depth_stencil, 
    GL_NV_texture_rectangle, GL_NV_vertex_program, GL_ARB_depth_texture, 
    GL_ARB_occlusion_query, GL_ARB_shadow, GL_ARB_texture_env_combine, 
    GL_ARB_texture_env_crossbar, GL_ARB_texture_env_dot3, 
    GL_ARB_texture_mirrored_repeat, GL_ARB_window_pos, GL_ATI_envmap_bumpmap, 
    GL_EXT_stencil_two_side, GL_EXT_texture_cube_map, GL_NV_depth_clamp, 
    GL_NV_vertex_program1_1, GL_APPLE_client_storage, GL_APPLE_packed_pixels, 
    GL_APPLE_vertex_array_object, GL_ARB_draw_buffers, 
    GL_ARB_fragment_program, GL_ARB_fragment_shader, GL_ARB_shader_objects, 
    GL_ARB_vertex_program, GL_ARB_vertex_shader, GL_ATI_draw_buffers, 
    GL_ATI_texture_env_combine3, GL_EXT_shadow_funcs, GL_EXT_stencil_wrap, 
    GL_MESA_pack_invert, GL_MESA_ycbcr_texture, GL_ARB_depth_clamp, 
    GL_ARB_fragment_program_shadow, GL_ARB_half_float_pixel, 
    GL_ARB_point_sprite, GL_ARB_shading_language_100, GL_ARB_sync, 
    GL_ARB_texture_non_power_of_two, GL_ARB_vertex_buffer_object, 
    GL_ATI_blend_equation_separate, GL_EXT_blend_equation_separate, 
    GL_OES_read_format, GL_ARB_color_buffer_float, GL_ARB_pixel_buffer_object, 
    GL_ARB_texture_compression_rgtc, GL_ARB_texture_rectangle, 
    GL_EXT_pixel_buffer_object, GL_EXT_texture_compression_rgtc, 
    GL_EXT_texture_rectangle, GL_EXT_texture_sRGB, GL_ARB_framebuffer_object, 
    GL_EXT_framebuffer_blit, GL_EXT_framebuffer_multisample, 
    GL_EXT_packed_depth_stencil, GL_APPLE_object_purgeable, 
    GL_ARB_vertex_array_object, GL_ATI_separate_stencil, GL_EXT_draw_buffers2, 
    GL_EXT_gpu_program_parameters, GL_EXT_texture_env_combine, 
    GL_EXT_texture_sRGB_decode, GL_EXT_timer_query, GL_OES_EGL_image, 
    GL_ARB_copy_buffer, GL_ARB_half_float_vertex, GL_ARB_map_buffer_range, 
    GL_ARB_texture_rg, GL_ARB_texture_swizzle, GL_ARB_vertex_array_bgra, 
    GL_EXT_separate_shader_objects, GL_EXT_texture_swizzle, 
    GL_EXT_vertex_array_bgra, GL_NV_conditional_render, 
    GL_ARB_ES2_compatibility, GL_ARB_draw_elements_base_vertex, 
    GL_ARB_explicit_attrib_location, GL_ARB_fragment_coord_conventions, 
    GL_ARB_provoking_vertex, GL_ARB_sampler_objects, GL_ARB_seamless_cube_map, 
    GL_ARB_shader_texture_lod, GL_EXT_provoking_vertex, GL_EXT_texture_snorm, 
    GL_MESA_texture_signed_rgba, GL_ARB_robustness

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