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I am trying to enable Desktop Effects in Ubuntu 10.10. So far, when I enable, the system will crash/freeze and the only way out is a hard shutdown. So my ...
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    Cool Enabling Desktop Effects: Best driver for Radeon Xpress 200m


    I am trying to enable Desktop Effects in Ubuntu 10.10. So far, when I enable, the system will crash/freeze and the only way out is a hard shutdown.

    So my question is. Which driver is the best to use for enabling these effects?

    Thank you.

    Update: My Sabayon system is running compiz fine, so I searched the package manager for ati and discovered xf86-video-ati is installed. Correct me if I'm wrong of course, but I just thought I would provide that update.
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    Yes, open source ati driver does support 3D acceleration for the xpress 200. I have a laptop with the same card and it does work. My experience with Ubuntu has been that 9.10 worked, 10.04 had troubles, and I haven't tried 10.10. However, in no case has performance been great, I'm afraid.

    The Arch wiki has some ideas for tweaking your xorg.conf to help with performance.

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    Hi Reed.
    Yea it isn't very stable right now. I have never been able to get it working fine in Ubuntu though. Sabayon has always been flawless on default without any changes. I wonder why Ubuntu can't recognize and set this up as default if sabayon can. As far as xf86-video-ati is concerned, I couldn't find that driver in Ubuntu. The only ati driver I can find has no Install or uninstall link on it and is greyed out.

    Thanks for the link by the way. I'll have to check that out when I get a chance.

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    Ubuntu calls the package for the open source driver xserver-xorg-video-radeon.

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    Oh ok. Well that one is definitely installed.

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