Intel GM965 and Compiz

You have been wondering why in Ubuntu 9.04 you have not been able to get your Intel GM965 graphics working with Compiz. There are 2 answers to this:

Install Karmic Koala (Ubuntu 9.10 Alpha 2)
Unblacklist the driver.

To install Karmic Koala is easy but to unblacklist the driver is a bit more tricky. So that is what we are going to do.

!!Warning !! I take no responsibility for anything that may or may not happen. This has absolutely no warranty attached. The problems that come rest upon you only.

First you should open your terminal and type or copy this command into the terminal window:
sudo gedit /usr/bin/compiz

Next scroll down to the place where it says: T=”$T 8086:2a02 ” # Intel GM965 and change it to: #T=”$T 8086:2a02 ” # Intel GM965

You are almost finished. Now you need to save the file. Go to File > Save.

Now goto System>Preferences>Appearence.

Change the Visual Effects to something other then NONE to get the Compiz-Fusion working.

!!! Warning Performance maybe Decreased!!!

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4 Responses to “Intel GM965 and Compiz”

  1. Jim March Says:

    There’s another solution: the experimental intel driver collection. Do this at the command line:

    sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

    Add in these two lines:

    deb jaunty main #xorg-edgers PPA
    deb-src jaunty main #xorg-edgers PPA

    Save it, and at the command line:

    sudo apt-get update

    Now run a regular Ubuntu update.

    As of now, everything is running VERY well – no lockups, suspend/hibernate works, Compiz is rock solid, etc. At times that wasn’t always the case as these updates happened and it might screw up again, but I doubt it. Apparently the code shipping from that repo now is the “release candidate” stuff.

    One trick: you might want to avoid pushing Compiz too hard with this low-grade video chipset. I don’t do 3D window effects, and I use the “cube” with just two faces (so it’s really a flat plane) – I find this speeds up rotation a lot and if you run a good animated background in Compiz it looks cooler anyways.

  2. David Says:


    Do you know when will be released the new intel driver?? or where I can get more information??

  3. admin Says:

    I am not sure. You can always check the distribution you use. The wiki maybe able to tell you.

  4. MichaellaS Says:

    tks for the effort you put in here I appreciate it!

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