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RHEL 6.1, ATI and compiz

Filed under: Linux — datatombraider @ 22:21

After upgrading my RHEL6.0 installation to RHEL6.1 compiz made some trouble. the menus and screens of some application, most notable openoffice and firefox looked distorted, like they weren’t refreshed properly. Compiz made some trouble in the past, so i first decided to disable it. But after some time i missed the compiz features like wall and zoom, so i tried to solve the issue and succeeded, hooray.

The fix was very easy: start compiz with ‘–indirect-rendering’. The best way to do it is to change ‘/usr/bin/compiz-gtk’ (i use GNOME). The script checks if ‘–indirect-rendering’ is necessary but for unknown reasons it doesn’t work properly on my ATI card. Here’s the change:

$ cat /usr/bin/compiz-gtk

function runCompiz() {
gtk-window-decorator &
#    exec compiz –ignore-desktop-hints glib gconf gnomecompat $@
exec compiz –indirect-rendering –ignore-desktop-hints glib gconf gnomecompat $@

After the change everything is working just fine.


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