Checking Unity 3d Support on Ubuntu 11.04/11.10

Try unity_support_test command on console to test 3d support for Unity desktop as follows

[email protected]:~$ /usr/lib/nux/unity_support_test -p
OpenGL vendor string: NVIDIA Corporation
OpenGL renderer string: GeForce Go 7400/PCI/SSE2
OpenGL version string: 2.1.2 NVIDIA 280.13

Not software rendered: yes
Not blacklisted: no
GLX fbconfig: yes
GLX texture from pixmap: yes
GL npot or rect textures: yes
GL vertex program: yes
GL fragment program: yes
GL vertex buffer object: yes
GL framebuffer object: yes
GL version is 1.4+: yes

supported: no

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Force unity at startup for NVidia GeForce Go 7300/7400

Go 7300/7400 might have been black listed on as they found to have been hanging during the startup. Unity 3D can run with the “nvidia 173″ driver on these cards.

To force detection at startup, you can:

  • sudo nano /etc/environment
  • add: UNITY_FORCE_START=1
  • Save the file with Ctrl+S
  • reboot

Ensure you are choosing the “” session in gdm (default). This will bypass the detection and try to start unity 3D. This will help you run Unity on your machine.. Be warned about any slowness that you might feel while using it.

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Test Unity support on Natty Narwhal (Ubuntu 11.04)

Narwhal is out with brand new Unity integrated. Many of you might be struggling to get Unity working on your machines. Unity has restrictions to run on specific graphics cards. It is better to check whether your graphic card supports running Unity or now.

Use the simple command listed below to run the check.

/usr/lib/nux/unity_support_test -p

If your card is black listed, it will be reported so. Otherwise, you can use some alternative methods to run Unity.
Read on my further posts to learn about it.

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