Well, as promised I am posting how to get the various bits of Ubuntu working with a Amilo a1650 laptop. In my previous post I outlined the areas that immediately let down the release and in this post I am going to briefly detail how to get the advanced compositing effects working.
The window decorator compiz refused to run, crashing with the error “No whitelisted driver found”. Before I went any further I checked to see if my restricted repository ATi binary driver was working properly.
Both “fglrxinfo” and “grep glxinfo | grep “direct rendering”" indicated that it had.
So I followed the advice of this thread and proceeded to install the xgl server (via : sudo apt-get install xserver-xgl)
and make sure compiz and all its managers / dependencies were correctly installed:
“sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager compiz compiz-core compiz-fusion-plugins-main compiz-fusion-plugins-extra compiz-gnome compiz-plugins libcompizconfig-backend-gconf libcompizconfig0“
After this I restarted the session (using Ctrl+Alt+Backspace) and used the console to test compiz via
“compiz –replace” – Note there are two hyphens although for some reason wordpress is only showing one.
which then loaded, replaced metacity and worked perfectly.