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Monday, March 16, 2009

xorg.conf file for vostro 1000 using compiz in Ubuntu 9.04

I'm sure most people aren't interested in this, but I finally got my laptop (a Dell Vostro 1000) to work nicely with Compiz under Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty). I think the key steps were removing every fglrx package on the computer (apt-get remove fglrx*), switching to the "ati" driver in the xorg.conf, and getting the BusID right (I tried copying it from my earlier xorg.conf file, but the value seems to have changed.) However, I added a lot of other things along the way, which sees to have helped the performance, so, for those who are interested, this is the Ubuntu 9.04, jaunty alpha 5 xorg.conf file for the vostro 1000:

Section "Device"
Identifier "Configured Video Device"
Driver "ati"
BusID "PCI:1:5:0"
Option "DRI" "true"
Option "ColorTiling" "on"
Option "EnablePageFlip" "true"
Option "AccelMethod" "EXA"
Option "RenderAccel" "true"


Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Configured Monitor"

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Default Screen"
Monitor "Configured Monitor"
Device "Configured Video Device"
Defaultdepth 24
Option "AddARGBGLXVisuals" "True"
SubSection "Display"
Modes "1280x800"

Section "Module"
Load "glx"
Load "dri"

Section "DRI"
Group "video"
Mode 0660

Section "ServerFlags"
Option "DontZap" "false"

Section "Extensions"
Option "Composite" "Enable"

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Anonymous Reynaldo said...

I have tried it in intrepid on my vostro 1000 and have worked great. The compiz plugin "3D windows" turned work and I love it, but the wobbly windows plugin turn to make the system slow.
Do you have the same problem in jaunty?
Just one more question: the driver ati is the oss (radeon) driver?
Thanks! Sorry my english.

April 12, 2009 11:29:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Reynaldo said...

Is the the driver "ati" the oss (radeon) driver?

April 12, 2009 11:40:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Anthony Fejes said...

Hi Reynaldo,

Jaunty is working very well for me, although I don't use the "3D Windows" plugin - so I don't know how that's working.

The "ati" driver is the open source driver for many of the older ati cards. There is also another open source driver for the more advanced ati radeon cards, but that one does not work for the Vostro 1000.

April 12, 2009 3:13:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Reynaldo said...

Hi Anthony,
Do the wobbly windows plugin have worked to you?
This plugin have worked to me with fglrx driver, but is slowing down my vostro with "ati" driver besides other plugins turned to work with it.
I'm trying to get it working. If I have sucess I'll post the xorg.conf here for all.
Thanks again.
Reynaldo M. Hortensi

April 12, 2009 8:10:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Anthony Fejes said...

Hi Reynaldo,

The wobbly windows do work VERY well for me - better under the "ati" driver than under the fglrx driver ever did. (Less artifacts, better effects, smoother graphics.)

Does the xorg.conf file I've posted here not work for you?


April 12, 2009 8:52:00 PM PDT  
Blogger vladART said...

Thankyou very much.

April 30, 2009 10:58:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Adrian said...

Hi Anthony

Its great that someone finally solve the problem. I had some time trying to make my video card works without success.
So, i beg you to give us some steps to achieve put to work our video card, please.

i have a vostro 1000 too.
ubuntu 9.04
today its my birthday make me happy !!

Thank you

September 1, 2009 2:45:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Anthony Fejes said...

Happy Birthday Adrian!

Without knowing what problems you're having, I can't help you out....

September 1, 2009 3:48:00 PM PDT  

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