Saturday, October 20, 2007

No Window Borders in Ubuntu 7.10

When running compiz on Ubuntu 7.10 using an nVidia graphics card, with the restricted nVidia drivers installed, I loose my window borders (titlebars). There is however a temporary fix, which works just fine for me:

First make a back-up of your xorg.conf file, even though the nvidia-xconfig program makes it's own backup, it's never a bad practice to backup your files before editing them:
# sudo cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.BAK
Now enable the nvida glx graphics using the following command:
# sudo nvidia-xconfig --add-argb-glx-visuals -d 24

Using X configuration file: "/etc/X11/xorg.conf".
Option "AddARGBGLXVisuals" "True" added to Screen "Default Screen".
Backed up file '/etc/X11/xorg.conf' as '/etc/X11/xorg.conf.backup'
New X configuration file written to '/etc/X11/xorg.conf'

Now shutdown your computer then start again, fully restarting the system you should be able to switch compiz to normal or extras with window borders.


Brammeleman said...

Thanks for the hint! It solved the problem for me.
As you can see, this bug has been there for a long time: allready.

Kris said...

No worries Brammeleman, I'm glad it helped.

Anonymous said...

Worked great....another bug-be-gone!

Anonymous said...

It doesn't work.

pez said...

Thank you a-lot

you rock!

ps: i'll give this link to some folks wo have the same issue. Hope you don't mind.

Kris said...

I'm glad this helped you out!
I don't mind at all if you share my link, go for it =D

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much.
That fixed the issue I was having.