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Basically when trying to activate Normal or Extra visual effects on a new karmic installation, I get the error message "The Composite extension is not available".

Here is my xorg:

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When i have enable xinerama for 2 displays and i enable visual effect it says The "Composite extension is not available" but i have enabled it in "xorg.conf" but effect are working with not enabled xinerama.

Here is my xorg.conf

# nvidia-settings: X configuration file generated by nvidia-settings
# nvidia-settings: version 1.0 (buildd@palmer) Fri Apr 9 10:35:18 UTC 2010
Section "ServerLayout"
# Removed Option "Xinerama" "0"


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Installed Ubuntu 10.10, 64bit, been working flawlessly for a week.

I have 2 nVidia Corporation G96 [GeForce 9400 GT] Graphics Cards and 2 LG Monitors. I installed the nVidia drivers from the website and everything is working very well. Using Xinerama to extend my desktop.

The problem comes in when I add an additional user to the system. It doesn't matter if it's 1 or 2 users, if they are added into the administrator group or as a desktop user, I can delete re-add them, create a completely different user but the problem persists.

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