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Disabling Compiz

Postby Calculon on Sun Jul 03, 2011 7:51 pm

I have a HTPC having some playback issues. Someone suggested disabling compiz. What's the easiest/best way to do that? Thanks for any help.
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Re: Disabling Compiz

Postby artouk on Sun Jul 03, 2011 8:34 pm

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metacity --replace


This will replace compiz with metacity.

swap back with

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compiz --replace
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Re: Disabling Compiz

Postby Calculon on Sun Jul 03, 2011 10:36 pm

Thanks artouk. What is the benefit of replacing compiz with metacity as opposed to disabling compiz?
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Re: Disabling Compiz

Postby artouk on Mon Jul 04, 2011 9:33 am

Compiz is a window manager that uses 3D graphics acceleration via OpenGL. compiz is quite popular because it has matured somewhat and it produces eye-candy desktops. However, they are situations where running a window manager other than compiz is more desirable. One reason for this is the lack of OpenGL capabilities on older computers. Another reason is that some of the compiz's visual effects can interfere with full-screen applications, such as games. For this reason, gamers often tend to switch off compiz prior to starting games. If you don't have compiz on you need to replace it with something else, eg metacity.
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