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I installed Ubuntu 11.10 yesterday, and have been struggling with enabling desktop effects for hours. I downloaded the CompizConfig Settings Manager, and tried selecting-deselcting various items. But they don't seem to be taking effect. Please help. Thanks.

VGA: 00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 82946GZ/GL Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 02)

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New problem! I made a few changes in CompizConfig settings, and a few effects started working. Like wobbly windows, and rotating cube.

Then I tried enabling a few application switchers, and it asked me to resolve the conflicts. I guess one of them was "enable OpenGL".

As I clicked it, everything crashed. Dock vanished. I only a see one bar at top with menus File, Edit, .., Bookmarks, Help.

I am not able to access anything else. [Alt] + [F2] and [Super], both are not working. What do I do? Please help! (Right now I am accessing web via a guest account. To get any work done, I have to be able to use my own account again.)

  • What video card do you have ? lspci | grep VGA – Panther Dec 4 '11 at 6:39
  • @bodhi.zazen: 00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 82946GZ/GL Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 02) – missingfaktor Dec 4 '11 at 7:13
  • @bodhi.zazen: I should perhaps mention that I was a Linux Mint user for over 2 years and all desktop effects worked flawlessly. Never had issues. – missingfaktor Dec 4 '11 at 7:14
  • @bodhi.zazen: Please see the updated question. – missingfaktor Dec 4 '11 at 9:20
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    @severin: Marc Simpson (korsch on twitter) helped me out. twitter.com/#!/korsch/status/143381598325309441. – missingfaktor Dec 4 '11 at 18:07
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May be you should look into the additional drivers that might be required to enable desktop effects. System->Administration->Additional Drivers.

Alos look at this documentation page Restricted Drivers

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I reset my Compiz settings using the commands provided in this blog post, and it worked.In particular, the following command did the trick:

gconftool-2 --recursive-unset /apps/compiz-1
unity --reset

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