I have a Dell XPS M1330 laptop, NVidia gforce 8400 card, all drivers, and things look good.

Just trying to understand the diff between;

etc. Nothing "pretty" is on startup, actually right now I start with no window manager, if I hit compiz the screen blanks, comes back still no wm. compiz-manager starts, blanks the screen and it does start running, but I can only use the desktop-effects app (title bar says Simple Compiz Config Manager) and I use things like mouseover focus, edge flip wall which you can set with the compizconfig-settings-manager.

So after all the above, how to you start the full compiz that looks to that config for the options. I unchecked the use desktop effects, (no window manager), then start from the command but it re-checks that box.

Thanks .