Tip: disable eyecandy in Unity 3D (on Ubuntu 12.10)

Discussion in 'all things UNIX' started by Gullible Jones, Jan 19, 2013.

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  1. If your video card is not up to dealing with translucency and blur effects, create the text file ~/.xprofile and put this in it:

    export UNITY_LOW_GFX_MODE=1
    This disables blur effects and translucency for various Unity elements, as is done when Unity uses llvmpipe - but without forcing software rendering. So your video card still does the work, but not as much work.

    Obviously, YMMV, but this helped a lot on my laptop.
  2. NormanF

    NormanF Registered Member

    Feb 20, 2009
    And where do you store this file?
  3. ~/ is UNIX shorthand for your home directory, it would be /home/$USER/.xprofile.
  4. Andz

    Andz Registered Member

    Jan 9, 2013
    I get Compiz errors when I use Unity 3D. So I have switched to Unity 2D. Maybe it's because I don't install software updates, but I would like a better solution.
  5. That would be on Ubuntu 12.04; 12.10 doesn't have Unity 2D at all, nor does it have low graphics mode.

    What error do you get?
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