I Can Has Compiz

Please forgive the LOLcats speak. I couldn’t be happier. I just got an eVGA (Nvidia knock-off) GeForce 8400 GS.

I did not expect my switch to the most modern graphics card my computer will accept, to do anything other than make Compiz possible for me. It did that, and more! For some reason, the nvidia-glx-185 driver works perfectly with my new card, but kept giving me fits with the old one. I dutifully reported my problems to http://bugs.launchpad.net, but that did not get me that much closer to a working system.

With the new graphics card, my computer is acting like its old self. I can run more than one program at a time (for instance, Firefox and Synaptic Package Manager). My mouse cursor is working properly. And along with all of this, I now can use Compiz!

I am a little leery of trying out all of Compiz’ many features yet. The last time I tried to run Compiz and the BOINC manager, my computer froze up. Now, I am running both of them just fine. The worst part is, because Nvidia is now on its 9 series, the 8400 GS was cheaper than my 6600 was a year and a half ago.

My son doesn’t understand my fascination with eye candy. For him, computers are for gaming. Period. For me, computers are the game. I love to try out new things and see how they work (or sometimes don’t). Games are just an extra benefit. 🙂

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2 Responses to “I Can Has Compiz”


  1. 1 kenleland January 26, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    I share your enthusiasm for eye candy! Compiz is great and you said it with the “many features.” Its unbelievable how many little gui tweaks they provide.. some of them i use solely to confuse people when they occasionally need to see something on my monitor.. for instance: the fish eye magnifying glass! lol:)

    • 2 ubuntulady January 26, 2010 at 11:45 pm

      Do you know about fusion-icon? That lets you turn off all of the beauty so you can play a game that doesn’t work with it, then turn Compiz back on when you’re done:

      sudo apt-get install fusion-icon

      Compiz Fusion Icon is then listed under Applications > System Tools.

      Thank you for telling me about the fish eye magnifying glass. 😉


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