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    Default desktop effects

    New user. I installed opensuse 11.4 and i am using gnome. I have no desktop cube and no wavy effects on windows. when i go to the control centre there is no desktop effect icon. I am using a 2.67-GHz Pentium 4 with 1 gig memory. please help
    thanks in advance

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    Default Re: desktop effects

    Welcome to the forums Jenedge73. You'll need to give us details about your graphics card and driver. From a terminal window, issue the following command:

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    /sbin/lspci -nnk
    Find, then cut and paste just the lines pertaining to your graphics card.

    An alternative command that can yield detailed results:

    Code:
    /usr/sbin/hwinfo --gfxcard

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    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: nVidia Corporation NV34 [GeForce FX 5200] [10de:0322] (rev a1)
    Subsystem: LeadTek Research Inc. Device [107d:290a]
    Kernel driver in use: nouveau
    I guess then if my video card can't handle the 3d graphics the "desktop effects" icon won't show up in my control centre. Am i right?
    thanks

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    Default Re: desktop effects

    Quote Originally Posted by Jenedge73 View Post
    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: nVidia Corporation NV34 [GeForce FX 5200] [10de:0322] (rev a1)
    Subsystem: LeadTek Research Inc. Device [107d:290a]
    Kernel driver in use: nouveau
    I guess then if my video card can't handle the 3d graphics the "desktop effects" icon won't show up in my control centre. Am i right?
    thanks
    If you install the Nvidia drivers from the Nvidia Repository you might be able to get desktop effects working.

    To enable the Nvidia repo go to YaST Software Repositories > Add > Community Repositories. To install the driver use YaST Software Management.

    There are three versions of Nvidia drivers. Legacy (96.xx.xx), GeforceFX (173.xx.xx), and Gefore 6xxx and newer (270.xx.xx). If I am not mistaken you would need the one for the FX (173.xx.xx).

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    Yes, try installing the proprietary nvidia driver:

    SDB:NVIDIA drivers - openSUSE

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Emsworth
    There are three versions of Nvidia drivers. Legacy (96.xx.xx), GeforceFX (173.xx.xx), and Gefore 6xxx and newer (270.xx.xx). If I am not mistaken you would need the one for the FX (173.xx.xx).
    He will need the one YaST will automatically prechoose. :-)

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