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Hi everyone I am Running opensuse 11.4 (64 bit) KDE desktop with all the updates & proprietary ATI driver installed. My processor is Athlon II X2 250 & motherboard is ...
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    Unhappy [SOLVED] Lost KDE Desktop Effects


    Hi everyone
    I am Running opensuse 11.4 (64 bit) KDE desktop with all the updates & proprietary ATI driver installed.
    My processor is Athlon II X2 250 & motherboard is gigabyte MA785GPM-UD2H. I have 4 GB (2 +2) of DDR 2 RAM installed.
    I have turned off automatic updating & usually update my machine once a week.
    But just couple of days ago I had just updated my system and KDE desktop effects stopped working!!
    I went to the Application launcher -> Configure Desktop -> Desktop Effects and everything was grayed out!! except for the following message
    “Desktop effects are not available on this system due to the following technical issues:“

    But, what technical Issue?? there was nothing else written!!

    Googling for the issue has actually left me more confused; but I am still posting the content of my
    ~/.kde4/share/config/kwinrc file (in-case if it helps).
    [$Version]
    update_info=kwin_focus2.upd:kwin_focus2,kwin_black list.upd:Blacklist-4.5,kwin_blacklist.upd:Blacklist-openSUSE-114,kwin_focus1.upd:kwin_focus1,kwin_on_off.upd:kw in_on_off,kwin.upd:kde3.0r1,kwin.upd:kde3.2Xineram a,kwin3_plugin.upd:kde3.2

    [Compositing]
    AnimationSpeed=3
    Backend=OpenGL
    CheckIsSafe=true
    DisableChecks=false
    Enabled=false
    GLDirect=true
    GLMode=TFP
    GLTextureFilter=2
    GLVSync=true
    HiddenPreviews=5
    OpenGLIsUnsafe=false
    UnredirectFullscreen=true
    XRenderSmoothScale=false

    [Desktops]
    Name_1=
    Name_2=
    Name_3=
    Name_4=
    Name_5=
    Name_6=
    Number=6

    [Effect-BoxSwitch]
    TabBox=true
    TabBoxAlternative=false

    [Effect-CoverSwitch]
    TabBox=false
    TabBoxAlternative=false

    [Effect-Cube]
    BorderActivate=9
    BorderActivateCylinder=9
    BorderActivateSphere=9

    [Effect-DesktopGrid]
    BorderActivate=9

    [Effect-FlipSwitch]
    BorderActivate=9
    BorderActivateAll=9
    TabBox=false
    TabBoxAlternative=false

    [Effect-PresentWindows]
    BorderActivate=6
    BorderActivateAll=7
    TabBox=false
    TabBoxAlternative=false

    [ElectricBorders]
    Bottom=None
    BottomLeft=None
    BottomRight=None
    Left=None
    Right=None
    Top=None
    TopLeft=None
    TopRight=None

    [MouseBindings]
    CommandActiveTitlebar1=Raise
    CommandActiveTitlebar2=Start window tab drag
    CommandActiveTitlebar3=Operations menu
    CommandAll1=Move
    CommandAll2=Toggle raise and lower
    CommandAll3=Resize
    CommandAllKey=Alt
    CommandAllWheel=Nothing
    CommandInactiveTitlebar1=Activate and raise
    CommandInactiveTitlebar2=Start window tab drag
    CommandInactiveTitlebar3=Operations menu
    CommandTitlebarWheel=Shade/Unshade
    CommandWindow1=Activate, raise and pass click
    CommandWindow2=Activate and pass click
    CommandWindow3=Activate and pass click
    CommandWindowWheel=Scroll

    [Plugins]
    kwin4_effect_blurEnabled=false
    kwin4_effect_boxswitchEnabled=true
    kwin4_effect_coverswitchEnabled=true
    kwin4_effect_cubeEnabled=false
    kwin4_effect_cubeslideEnabled=true
    kwin4_effect_dashboardEnabled=true
    kwin4_effect_desktopgridEnabled=true
    kwin4_effect_dialogparentEnabled=true
    kwin4_effect_diminactiveEnabled=false
    kwin4_effect_dimscreenEnabled=false
    kwin4_effect_explosionEnabled=false
    kwin4_effect_fadeEnabled=true
    kwin4_effect_fadedesktopEnabled=false
    kwin4_effect_fallapartEnabled=false
    kwin4_effect_flipswitchEnabled=true
    kwin4_effect_glideEnabled=true
    kwin4_effect_highlightwindowEnabled=true
    kwin4_effect_invertEnabled=false
    kwin4_effect_loginEnabled=true
    kwin4_effect_logoutEnabled=true
    kwin4_effect_lookingglassEnabled=false
    kwin4_effect_magiclampEnabled=true
    kwin4_effect_magnifierEnabled=false
    kwin4_effect_minimizeanimationEnabled=false
    kwin4_effect_mousemarkEnabled=false
    kwin4_effect_presentwindowsEnabled=true
    kwin4_effect_resizeEnabled=false
    kwin4_effect_scaleinEnabled=false
    kwin4_effect_screenshotEnabled=true
    kwin4_effect_shadowEnabled=true
    kwin4_effect_sharpenEnabled=false
    kwin4_effect_sheetEnabled=false
    kwin4_effect_showfpsEnabled=false
    kwin4_effect_showpaintEnabled=false
    kwin4_effect_slideEnabled=false
    kwin4_effect_slidebackEnabled=false
    kwin4_effect_slidingpopupsEnabled=true
    kwin4_effect_snaphelperEnabled=false
    kwin4_effect_snowEnabled=false
    kwin4_effect_startupfeedbackEnabled=true
    kwin4_effect_taskbarthumbnailEnabled=true
    kwin4_effect_thumbnailasideEnabled=false
    kwin4_effect_trackmouseEnabled=false
    kwin4_effect_translucencyEnabled=true
    kwin4_effect_windowgeometryEnabled=false
    kwin4_effect_wobblywindowsEnabled=true
    kwin4_effect_zoomEnabled=false

    [PopupInfo]
    PopupHideDelay=1000
    ShowPopup=false
    TextOnly=false

    [Style]
    BorderSize=1
    ButtonsOnLeft=MS
    ButtonsOnRight=HIA__X
    CustomButtonPositions=false
    PluginLib=kwin3_plastik
    ShowToolTips=true

    [TabBox]
    HighlightWindows=true
    LayoutMode=0
    LayoutName=Default
    ListMode=0
    MinHeight=20
    MinWidth=20
    SelectedItem=0
    SelectedLayoutName=Text
    ShowDesktop=false
    ShowOutline=true
    ShowTabBox=true
    SwitchingMode=0

    [TabBoxAlternative]
    HighlightWindows=true
    LayoutMode=0
    LayoutName=Default
    ListMode=0
    MinHeight=20
    MinWidth=20
    SelectedItem=0
    SelectedLayoutName=Text
    ShowDesktop=false
    ShowOutline=true
    ShowTabBox=true
    SwitchingMode=0

    [Windows]
    ActiveMouseScreen=false
    AutoRaise=false
    AutoRaiseInterval=750
    AutogroupInForeground=true
    AutogroupSimilarWindows=false
    BorderSnapZone=10
    CenterSnapZone=0
    ClickRaise=true
    DelayFocus=false
    DelayFocusInterval=750
    ElectricBorderCooldown=350
    ElectricBorderDelay=150
    ElectricBorderMaximize=true
    ElectricBorderTiling=true
    ElectricBorders=0
    FocusPolicy=ClickToFocus
    FocusStealingPreventionLevel=1
    GeometryTip=false
    HideUtilityWindowsForInactive=true
    InactiveTabsSkipTaskbar=false
    MaximizeButtonLeftClickCommand=Maximize
    MaximizeButtonMiddleClickCommand=Maximize (vertical only)
    MaximizeButtonRightClickCommand=Maximize (horizontal only)
    MoveMode=Opaque
    MoveResizeMaximizedWindows=false
    Placement=Smart
    ResizeMode=Opaque
    RollOverDesktops=true
    SeparateScreenFocus=false
    ShadeHover=false
    ShadeHoverInterval=250
    SnapOnlyWhenOverlapping=false
    TilingDefaultLayout=0
    TilingOn=false
    TilingRaisePolicy=0
    TitlebarDoubleClickCommand=Maximize
    WindowSnapZone=10
    By the way under the section [Compositing] I tried to do the following changes

    Enabled=true

    But nothing happens, & the value changes back to "false" automatically at the next reboot!!

    Also tried

    DisableChecks=false

    but to no effect

    Also.. one more thing, why does it say
    Blacklist-openSUSE-114
    at the first line?????

    Thanks in advance
    Emon

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    I don't konw ,

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    Hi, Emon.

    I'm not familiar with either KDE or with SUSE. But it sounds as if you may have a slight driver update for your graphics card that isn't sitting very well with KDE.
    open a terminal and do lspci -vnn. Post the output relating to your graphics card.


    @wuquan-1230...
    please refrain from posting a non-relevant reply such as a simple "I don't know". It's not helping the OP, nor is it helpful to anyone looking for answers to similar issues.
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    I'm sorry, I'm so sorry about above. I'm new here, please forgive me.

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    Output of "lspci -vnn" (only the graphics portion)

    01:05.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: ATI Technologies Inc RS880 [Radeon HD 4200] [1002:9710] (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
    Subsystem: Giga-byte Technology Device [1458:d000]
    Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 18
    Memory at d0000000 (32-bit, prefetchable) [size=256M]
    I/O ports at ee00 [size=256]
    Memory at fdfe0000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=64K]
    Memory at fde00000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=1M]
    Expansion ROM at <unassigned> [disabled]
    Capabilities: [50] Power Management version 3
    Capabilities: [a0] MSI: Enable- Count=1/1 Maskable- 64bit+
    Kernel driver in use: fglrx_pci

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    Hi again guys

    I followed instructions form the opensuse forum and reinstalled the ATI driver as per this link & that was it!! I have Desktop Effects back on.


    Thanks again guys

    N.B. how do I mark this thread as SOLVED??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emon View Post
    N.B. how do I mark this thread as SOLVED??
    The solved plugin is broken with this version of the forum software, but I can mark it for you.
    oz

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozar View Post
    The solved plugin is broken with this version of the forum software, but I can mark it for you.
    Thanks

    Emon

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