Howto Install Compiz Fusion in Ubuntu 7.10 using ATI video Card

Supported ATI videocard

Taken from fglrx driver description for Gutsy. This version of the ATI driver officially supports:

  • FireGL: V7350, V7300, V7200, V7100, V5200, V5100, V5000, V3400,
    V3300, V3200, V3100, X3-256, X3, X2-256, Z1-128, T2-128,
    X1-128, X1-256p
  • FireMV: 2200 (Single card PCI-e configuration)
  • Mobility FireGL: V5000, T2
  • Mobility Radeon: X1800, X1600, X1400, X1300, X800, X700, X600, X300,
    9800, 9600, 9550, 9500
  • Radeon Xpress: 200M series, 1250 IGP, 200 series
  • Radeon: X1900, X1800, X1600, X1300, X850, X800, X700, X600, X550,
    X300, 9800, 9700, 9600, 9550, 9500

ATI All-in-Wonder variants of the above cards/chips are also supported,
but video capture is not.

If you are doing fresh install of Gutsy

1. Enable fgrlx driver - Install linux-restricted-modules and restricted-manager provied in the restricted repositories:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install linux-restricted-modules-generic restricted-manager

Open the restricted drivers manager in "System" - "Administration" - "Restricted Drivers Manager" and select "ATI accelerated graphics driver".

2. Install xserver-xgl package

sudo apt-get install xserver-xgl

3. Install compiz

sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager compiz compiz-core compiz-fusion-plugins-main compiz-fusion-plugins-extra compiz-gnome compiz-plugins libcompizconfig-backend-gconf libcompizconfig0

4. Reboot

5. Log in. 3D effects should be enabled!

6. Customize Compiz Fusion.

Select System → Preferences → Advanced Desktop Effects Settings
In the new window, General Options → Desktop Size → Horizontal Virtual Size. Set it to 4.

The other two options have to be left at 1.
Continue customization per Forlong's guide at
Original articles can be found here.