What is the minimum hardware requirement for enabling full desktop effects using Ubuntu 7.10.

Asked by Pushpinder Singh

Mine is a celeron 1.6 Ghz Toshiba L30 laptop with ATI Radeon Xpress 200 graphics card. Will I be able to enable all desktop effects.

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Qwerty Maniac (qwertymaniac) said :

Yes you can enable all the high end effects on your graphic chipset once the ATi drivers are installed via Restricted-Drivers-Manager.

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Pushpinder Singh (pushpi08sims) said :


I installed the ATI drivers via Restricted-Drivers-Manager rebooted the system. Then tried to enable the Desktop effects from the System>Preferences>Appearance>Special Effects. It gives me the following message :

- The Composite extension is not available

And the message window does not go away by clicking close, I have to close it by x.
No effects enabled.

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Best Qwerty Maniac (qwertymaniac) said :

I guess you're missing the XGL package.

Try installing xserver-xgl by giving the command:
sudo apt-get install xserver-xgl

It should take around 3 minutes (Also depends on your connection)
Reboot and try enabling the Effects again. Must work this time.

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Pushpinder Singh (pushpi08sims) said :

Thanks Qwerty Maniac, that solved my question.