Enabling Compiz Fusion On An Ubuntu 8.10 Desktop (NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200)

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Author: Falko Timme

This tutorial shows how you can enable Compiz Fusion on an Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) desktop (the system must have a 3D-capable graphics card - I'm using an NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 here). With Compiz Fusion you can use beautiful 3D effects like wobbly windows or a desktop cube on your desktop.

This document comes without warranty of any kind! I do not issue any guarantee that this will work for you!


1 Preliminary Note

I have tried this on a desktop computer with an NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200. It should work the same way with all other NVIDIA graphics cards.


2 Enabling The NVIDIA Driver

To use 3D effects on an NVIDIA graphics card, we need the proprietary NVIDIA driver which we can install from the Hardware Drivers tool. The Hardware Drivers tool can be started from System > Administration > Hardware Drivers:

The Hardware Drivers tool should tell you that there's an NVIDIA graphics driver available for your system. To install it, click on Activate:

Type in your password:

Afterwards the NVIDIA driver is being downloaded and installed:

The Hardware Drivers tool should now tell you that a system restart is required to activate the driver. Click on Close to leave the Hardware Drivers tool...

... and then reboot the system:

After the reboot the system uses the proprietary NVIDIA graphics driver.


3 Installing Simple Compizconfig Settings Manager (simple-ccsm)

Open the Synaptic Package Manager (System > Administration > Synaptic Package Manager):

Select the package simple-ccsm (simple Compizconfig settings manager) and install it:

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By: Karthik

Thanks dude for that bunch of information, It was really cool.

By: Anonymous

Don't choose the 177 driver with 8.10 if you have a 5200 card (and maybe any 5*** card), the 177 diver does not support the 5200. If you choose the 177 driver thinking newer is better (Like I did) X won't start and you will have to edit xorg.conf manually to get X back.


By: Yves

Thanks a lot for this explanation page.

 After upgrading to Intrepid (from Hardy) I was stuck with a non-working Ubuntu (display was scrambled...). "Customized" xorg.conf to get an emulation. Amazing the upgrade had to be so painful for a GeForce owner.

Thanks also to the previous comment (do not use 177) - the drivers utility offers 173... hopes it is the right one :)

By: Gary

Don't enable Xinerama in your nvidia-settings if you are using 2 screens. Rather use the Twinview options.