I found a program in the Synaptic Package Manager, compiz-check. It tells me I have
Distribution: Linux Mint 12
Desktop environment: Unknown
Graphics chip: Intel Corporation N10 Family Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 02)
/usr/bin/compiz-check: line 199: [: too many arguments
/usr/bin/compiz-check: line 201: [: too many arguments
Driver in use: vesa
Rendering method: AIGLX
and VESA does not support compiz. Google showed me this:
which looks spookily familiar, but is from last June, forum rules say not to reply from posts 6 months old, so I start a new thread.
The old thread did not come to a conclusion. The poster seems to have lost interest and gone elsewhere. Several questions were asked in that thread; to save time, here are the answers as they apply to my machine.
- Mint version is 12. Desktop environment ("Unknown" above) is MATE because Gnome 3 was just annoying.
- xserver-xorg-video-intel is installed, version 2:2.15.901-1ubuntu2.1, which seems to be the latest.
- Kernel is whatever Mint 12 installer put on; I have not compiled a custom kernel, nor do I want to.
- One question on the older thread was whether 'compatibility mode' was used when installing. I don't know, so unless it is the default the answer is "probably no". Nor did I add anything to the kernel line in the bootloader. Wouldn't know how. So I don't think there is any nomodeset or xforcevesa in there, as suggested in the older thread.
- My /etc/default/grub is listed below
- lspci -k includes the following:
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation N10 Family Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 02)
Subsystem: Intel Corporation Device 574d
Kernel driver in use: i915
Kernel modules: i915
- There is no file /etc/X11/xorg.conf on my machine.
My /etc/default/grub is
# If you change this file, run 'update-grub' afterwards to update
# For full documentation of the options in this file, see:
# info -f grub -n 'Simple configuration'
GRUB_DISTRIBUTOR=`lsb_release -i -s 2> /dev/null || echo Debian`
# Uncomment to enable BadRAM filtering, modify to suit your needs
# This works with Linux (no patch required) and with any kernel that obtains
# the memory map information from GRUB (GNU Mach, kernel of FreeBSD ...)
# Uncomment to disable graphical terminal (grub-pc only)
# The resolution used on graphical terminal
# note that you can use only modes which your graphic card supports via VBE
# you can see them in real GRUB with the command `vbeinfo'
# Uncomment if you don't want GRUB to pass "root=UUID=xxx" parameter to Linux
# Uncomment to disable generation of recovery mode menu entries
# Uncomment to get a beep at grub start
#GRUB_INIT_TUNE="480 440 1"