ATI +Gnome + CompizFusion = X crash

Alex Deucher alexdeucher at
Sat May 16 08:33:12 PDT 2009

On Sat, May 16, 2009 at 8:32 AM, Felipe Lotas Asta
<slurpamela at> wrote:
> Hi there.
>         I've been looking for some weeks for a solution for this, and have
> asked
>         in two forums but got no solution.
>         I have:
>         ArchLinux
>         Gnome 2.26.1
>         xorg-server 1.6.1-1
>         xorg-server-utils 7.4-6
>         compiz-fusion-plugins-main 0.8.2-1
>         compiz-fusion-plugins-extra 0.8.2-1
>         ATI Mobility Radeon X1400
>         xf86-video-ati 6.12.2-2
>         The problem is that Compiz is very unstable. Some weeks ago it was
>         working smoothly. Then came some Xorg, xf86-video-ati and Compiz
> updates
>         all of a sudden and compiz started to crash very frequently, logging
> me
>         out to GDM. Then came some more updates and thing has become better
> but
>         still is crashing. Facts:
>         1. Starting Gnome session with Compiz-fusion but without Fusion-icon
>         works for a while. Then, suddenly, X crashes and I get back to GDM.
>         2. If I start Gnome with Metacity everything works nice, but as soon
> as
>         I run compiz-fusion with fusion-icon it logs me out.
>         3. No error messages on Xorg.log.
>         4. I tried to run Fusion-icon from terminal redirecting the output
> to a
>         file to see if there is some error message but got no luck... no
> message
>         at all.
>         5. I don't know where to look at for the error, neither know how to
> know
>         if it's a bug and, in that case, if that's related to gnome, compiz,
>         xorg, xf86-video-ati or what... But in the compiz-fusion forum I was
>         told that probably is a Xorg bug.
>         6. If I remove the "EXA" acceleration method or change it for "XAA"
> then
>         X doesn't crash but i cannot play videos and performance is worse.
>         Any information needed just ask, please. Thanks for everything...

Do you know what versions of the packages you were using previously?


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