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After enabling Desktop Effects (compiz) the desktop does not display correctly.

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11


Enabled the Desktop Effects in the Control Center but now after logging out or rebooting the login screen is displayed but after login the desktop does not come up or a gray screen is displayed.


At the login screen press Ctrl-Alt-F1 to switch you to VT1 (or TTY1) which is a text based console.  Login as your normal user and run the following commands to disable the Desktop Effects (or compiz):

rm -f ~/.config/compiz/enable-compiz

touch ~/.config/compiz/disable-compiz

Type "logout" or "exit" to logout as your user.  Then press Ctrl-Alt-F7 to return to the graphic login screen.

Login as your normal user and see if the problem is corrected.  If the system runs fine after following these steps to disable Desktop Effects, then the graphics card or associated driver is not compatible for use with compiz.

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  • Document ID:7002988
  • Creation Date: 13-Apr-2009
  • Modified Date:28-Sep-2022
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop

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