Ubuntu Installation :: Visual Effects Cannot Be Enabled?

May 2, 2010

I have recently updated to Ubuntu 10.04 (version of Gnome Desktop environment: 2.30.0, version of Linux kernel: 2.6.32-21-generic).My problem is that when I try to enable "Visual Effects", I receive an error message: "Desktop effects cannot be enabled". When I attempt to enable Visual Effects, my system starts searching for external device drivers but finds none. I don't believe that the source of the problem should lie in my graphics card (I have a DELL Inspiron 1545 notebook with an Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD graphics with up to 1750 MB of dynamically shared memory allocated by the system). With the earlier version of Ubuntu, the 9.10, I didn't have this problem.

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Aug 26, 2010

im using the ubuntu distro and when i goto the visual effects tab and click on normal or extra, it says "desktop effects could not be enabled" also, i have Two hdd's, a 100GB that has windows 7 and ubuntu. and a 250GB that has Windows XP. GRUB didnt notice windows xp though, so its not a boot option.

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Dec 11, 2008

Linux newbie here, although I am quickly falling in love.

When playing videos (in Totem 2.24), they constantly flicker. I find that I can fix the problem by disabling Ubuntu's visual effects, after which videos play fine. However I'd rather not have to do that. Does anyone know of a fix for this?

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Oct 23, 2010

Does any one else have this issue with Ubuntu's Remote Desktop. I am running 10.10 on all my computers and if I try to connect to another PC while it has "visual effects" enabled the screen will not refresh. If I disable effects on the host PC then remote desktop works fine. All PC's running ATI cards with the restricted driver "fglrx". It works but I would like to enable effects on the host.

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Jun 26, 2011

I have new hardware and I'm doing a dual boot, hoping that Ubuntu will be my primary OS, but I'm having trouble ringing it out. I installed Ultimate Edition 2.6.1 and in the past with an old machine I could turn on visual effects. With this machine, when I try to, it says it's looking for a driver, blinks a bit and then comes back with a message saying "Desktop visual effects cannot be enabled."

I assume that I don't have the nVidia driver loaded. When I go to Hardware Drivers, it says "No proprietary drivers are in use on this system." In synaptic, the latest driver does not show up. I followed the instructions on this site that someone put up which required adding some lines to the "Blacklist" then purging old drivers. It said to expect an error and what to do then, but I never got the error. When I tried to do the rest of the commands anyway, nothing seemed to happen. One of the steps was to download the latest driver, which I did. It was a .run file...........

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Mar 12, 2010

I have just installed the new Ubuntu and have most things working on my Hp 6735s, i have beed playing around and find that i cannot change the Visual effects, it looks for the drivers and doesnt find them, could you please advise what i need to do to get this working. The graphics card i believe is a ATI Radoen 3200. Any help would be great, also dumb it down for me as i have been so used to windows im not that up on terminology of everything.

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Jun 6, 2011

I like the Visual Effects tab feature. I noticed that is gone from Ubuntu 11.04 and subsequently from distros based on it such as Linux Mint 11.The image attached is of Ubuntu 10.10. How would I get the None and Normal effect settings in Ubuntu 11.04Linux Mint 11?

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Jan 11, 2010

I am having a bad slowdown issue when I enable Visual Effects with the Ati proprietary drivers that come with the installation. Everything runs very slow maximizing and minimizing take about 3-5 seconds per click and the effects get all choppy and don't look right like they did on my x1950 video card. I have tried downloading the current drivers from the ATI site but they don't seem to be initialising correctly after I perform the install.

I also know that the graphics card is not the culprit as it works perfectly fine on my Windows 7 64 bit install. There is no reason that my video card cannot handle the Visual Effects as it is a 1GB 4890 should have more than enough horsepower.

My machine is:

AMD Phenom II 965 Black Edition
8 GB G. Skill 1600 DDR3 Memory
1 TB Western Digital Caviar hard drive
1 GB 4890 Graphics Card ATI.

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Mar 5, 2010

I have acer 5738 laptop running on ubuntu 9.10...my problem is the visual effects are not being enabled.

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Mar 26, 2010

Just installed an ATI Radeon 9500 Pro graphics card (128 Meg). Linux just seemed to work fine with it - I didn't need to install any extra drivers or anything.

Before, when I was using onboard graphics, if I tried to choose "normal" or "extra" visual effects, it told me that I didn't have sufficient hardware. Now, since installing the card, it first said "installing drivers" then a message came up saying "do you want to keep these settings .... respond in 30 secs etc...

I chose yes to keep settings but when I close "Appearance preferences" it does not retain my settings and no visual effects are activated. If I open up Visual effects again the check box next to "none" is ticked.

I looked around and there seem to be drivers available direct from ATI but are these newer than those available already on Ubuntu 9.10? It is very confusing. It seems that I have might have to uninstall existing drivers before I can install new ones and I am reluctant to do that because - at the moment, apart from visual effects, everything works And would doing this even help anyway?

In fact has anyone succeeded in getting a Radeon 9000 series card to show visual effects in Ubuntu 9.10 or should I stop wasting time and assume that it is not up to the job? I can live without visual effects (although it would be nice)

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Jul 11, 2010

I have 1 GB ram,256 MB graphics. I installed ubuntu 10.04. first I was able to change visual effects. Now I am not able to do that.

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Aug 30, 2010

My Acer laptop Travelmate 290 was fine till yesterday (ie) before full update.No Error.I have the recent Ubuntu. Later When I boot I can't find my cursor but I could randomly see pop up notification of Application----Places--- System could be read.When I open any folder its fixed to top of the screen and no button for minimise,max and close.When I dig thro all the forums and solved by reinstalling metacity and change the setting of Appearance-Visual Effects to Normal.When I set to Normal it scans for the driver and asking me to confirm the setting.Once confirmed all the above problems solved but it don't reatain it,it is jump back to none. I need to do this on every boot.Is any way to avoid this? Is anyway to clean all the compiz files and setting from the PC?I vaguely remember it may be because of uninstall of compiz.

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Nov 27, 2010

there I turned on my Visual Effects to Extra or Normal and when I do that both the top and bottom taskbar goes away. The only way I can get them back is to turn visual effects off. Does anyone know how I can fix this issue?

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Dec 21, 2010

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Jan 26, 2011

I just got a new graphics card (Well, I guess you shouldn't call it a graphics card, it's more of a workstation card) Anyway, the card is the PNY Nvidia Quadro FX 580 and I installed the proper drivers for it (Nvidia 177) But, I'm encountering a problem with enabling the visual effects.Everything was running fine and I was able to use the effects until I enabled "Xinerama" two support both my monitors. Xinerama works fine, but the Visual Effects were reverted back to "None." When I click on "Extra" it searches for graphics drivers then tells me that I should switch to the graphics driver for my on-board graphics (ATI/AMD proprietary FGLRX graphics driver).

The ironic thing is that in the description for the Nvidia 177 driver it says "If you wish to enable desktop effects, this driver is required." It does not say that on the board graphics driver. Any suggestions? I want to start feeling like an Ubuntu user again rather than a windows user.

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Apr 28, 2011

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May 30, 2011

I'm running Ubuntu 10.10 64bit on my system. Upgraded the NVidia driver to the latest one on the NVidia website: 270.41.19 to see if it corrected a problem of when VEs were enable (even Normal not Extra), I got a white or blank screen. I could tell the system was still working because I got the text info bubbles when I moved the mouse; but when I open an app or a window, the screen was blank. After updating the driver; I can see a sharper and faster rendering image but when I enable the VEs I still get the blank screen.

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Mar 5, 2010

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Apr 29, 2010

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Jun 27, 2010

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Jul 25, 2010

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Aug 1, 2010

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My laptop has a core duo processor, 3gb of RAM, a ATI 3400 512mb graphics card, when I ran Vista on it, it could easily handle Vista built in effects and run Crysis well on low settings - I very much doubt the problem is that my computer isnt powerful enough. Is there anyway I can get Ubuntu's special effects to work properly again? Atm normal effects wont work either - I am having to use the No Effects option.

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Sep 26, 2010

I am trying to do some video tutorials at [uRL] on Ubuntu Netbook Edition 10.10 this is the first edition to require desktop effects. When I install it in the VM it isn't enabled right away. when I go to enable it I ran in to the problem that I couldn't find appearance. When I opened appearance from the terminal I couldn't enable Visual effects because mutter is running. How do I drop to the base terminal and enable visual effects?

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Oct 31, 2010

I have downloaded and installed all the required packages but still I am not able to enable the visual effects. Following are my Video Graphics Card details:-


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Jan 2, 2011

Ubuntu works fine until I enable the visual effects to EXTRA. The computer then freezes, no mouse response, no keyboard response, have to hard restart.

These info might help you.

Version: Ubuntu 10.04 LTS ---- Results of sudo lspci |more 00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 82945G/GZ/P/PL Memory Controller Hub (rev 02) 00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 82945G/GZ Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 02) ----

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Apr 17, 2011

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Apr 29, 2011

I have just installed Ubuntu 11.04 on my laptop. Default installation, nothing special or fancy. It has a QuadroNVS 110M video chip, iirc. On Ubuntu 9, the visual effects were there to be enabled. When I enabled them it would ask if the proprietary drivers may be enabled. If I choose yes, they did and there were the visual effects that we all adore so much.

Now I'm trying Ubuntu 11.04, and the visual effects are nowhere to be found. The funny thing is, right after installation, the very first time the desktop was supposed to be loaded, I got a message telling my that my hardware is not capable of Unity. So alright, let's just only have the visual effects then. But how/where? It seems as if all references to effects and to unity have been wiped clean, because I can't find it *anywhere*.

Also, in the "additional drivers" I have activated the "[recommended]" nvidia accelerated driver, but after that (and rebooting) it is "activated but not currently in use". I have no idea what that means.

Note that I'm a Windows user really. I have next to no knowledge about linux. So great if I have to do some clicks or some packages to be installed, not so great to muddle in config files. I have also already scouted google, and I did find the obvious links, and no solution.

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I have just installed the 11.04 of ubuntu clear install and i want to activate the visual effects. But... here is the tricky part ? i can't find them. I go system > prefenences > appearance and... i don't see the 4th tab , that used to say "Visual Effects" like it was on 10.04 .

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