January 1, 0001

— type: post layout: post meta: {} title: Getting direct rendering to work with Kubuntu Gutsy (7.10) and Intel GMA 950 chipset tags: - Gripes - Linux published: true status: publish — I spent eons this afternoon trying to get direct rendering to work with Kubuntu Gutsy (7.10) so the recently installed Compiz Fusion visual effects actually look remotely impressive rather than clunky and old skool. I am using AIGLX as opposed to XGL as my Shuttle SD32G2 server has an integrated Intel GMA 950 chipset which AIGLX supports well in Linux. After much chagrin and reading of numerous bugs and waffly semi-related threads I finally found one page that actually resolved the problem (xserver-xgl on gutsy doesn’t work). I removed the xserver-xgl package from the server and double checked that everything for AIGLX was setup correctly. HOWTO AIGLX contains instructions for configuring AIGLX targeted for Gentoo but should work fine for most Linux distros. glxinfo | grep direct now returns the much desired direct rendering: Yes output. Wohoo! No longer is scrolling in Firefox and other applications painfully slow and jumpy. The visual effects in Compiz Fusion are also now crisp and smooth as opposed to jagged and choppy. Excellent. Not sure it was worth the hours of what felt like banging of my head against a brick wall though. It’s unfortunate that the problem may have arisen as I may have installed the xserver-xgl when I first started configuring the server to use XGL for Compiz. Rats!

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