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Old 28th April 2007, 01:28 PM
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Question Fedora 7 (Test 4) and Desktop Effects

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After trying the live CD of Fedora 7 (Test 2) a while back, I thought I would download the DVD version (Test 4) as desktop effects worked straight out-the-box without having to update my video drivers and install any additional components . However, having installed Test 4 (DVD) to my laptop, it reported the following:- "Desktop effects could not be enabled". Just wondering what could have changed between Test 2 and 4 and how do I get desktop effects working now? Btw, my video is an Nvidia GeForce4 420 Go 32M.

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Old 29th April 2007, 03:42 AM
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F7T4 would require you have the Livna repo installed and enabled. Then you would have to get the kernel modules installed that matches your installed kernel. There is always a lag at the repo before the module is built for the latest kernel.

Some testers go to the nVidia site and d'load their driver and build their own module,me I wait for the prebuilt package from the repo=less pain and most of the time I don't worry about desktop-effects until F7 final is released.
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Old 29th April 2007, 10:35 PM
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Do you have a link to the Livna repo? Also, how do you enable?

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Old 29th April 2007, 10:45 PM
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Hello Graham:
You may want to give a look at freshrpms, due to the difference in how their package [which is not tied to specific kernels] versus the kmod-nvidia packages from livna.
Works very well, especially when you may have a kernel change on a daily basis with Rawhide versions of Fedora.

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Old 30th April 2007, 01:20 AM
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Thanks for the link Seve . Unfortunately, my X didn't like those rpm's (I tried the 96xx also) . However, FC7 (maybe earlier versions) has a feature to restore X settings to the default. For me, this is an awesome feature as I've forgotten how many times I have killed X when upgrading my video drivers (on other distro's too). I can now upgrade to my heart's content knowing that I can restore if things go bad .

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