Ubuntu Blender problems

I just switched to Ubuntu 7.10 64-Bit and Blender runs just fine.

I have two problems.

First when I try to select edge loops my [Ctrl] and [Alt] buttons do not work at all in Blender.

Second, Blender seems to run alot slower in 3d view, but renders faster than my Previous Vista version.

Any help to fix the Ctrl and Alt button functions would be more than appreciated.

Check if the key and click combos you’re trying to use aren’t already used by your window manager. Have a look in System>Preferences>Keyboard Shortcuts.
Hope this helps!

Ok. I found this cool keyboard shortcut menu, but my particular combo isn’t labeled. When I hold [Alt] and press [RMB], it pulls up the window lock menu. The keyboard shortcut menu labels [Alt] + [Space] as the combo. I am not sure what to do here. I did, however, find out my [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[RMB] combo works as it should now.

Try System => Preferences => Windows and change the ‘Movement Key’ to Super.

Ok. That made the menu not pop up, but I still can’t select my edge loops with [Alt]+[RMB] like I used to in the Windows version.

I had the same problem a while back. If you are using compiz, then alt-RMB defaults to the “window menu”. To change that, go to your compiz settings manager -> general and change the “window menu” combo to super-RMB.

for your speed problem, are you using the restricted drivers for your video card? (if you are using a nvidia card, it should be nvidia-glx-new or something like that on 7.10)

also, you should relaly try 8.10… it had been out for a while and it has some pretty decent improvements over 7.10.

Don’t think I have Compiz. Couldn’t find it anywhere.

Not to sound like too much of a noob, but how do you find and install drivers for nVidia cards in Ubuntu?

Good question! I use Kubuntu instead, which is based on KDE (instead of gnome) and for your problem this means administration menus options for me are in different places… Anyway, doing a quick googling I found this:


which had the following interesting info:

First, you need to find out what kernel you’re running. There’s a very good chance you’re running the generic kernel, so I’ll reference that throughout this how to. Open up a terminal (Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal) and type in the following:uname -a
You should see something that looks like this:Linux yikes 2.6.22-14-generic #1 SMP Tue Dec 18 08:02:57 UTC 2007 i686 GNU/Linux
It shows the name of the OS, the name of the machine, and then the kernel. Generic it is.
Now, go to System -> Administration -> Synaptic Package Manager. You’ll be prompted for your password to launch this. Once it’s up and running, click the search button and search for:Linux-restricted-modules-generic
If you’re not running the generic kernel, substitute what you are running there. Once you find this package, check it off to be installed and click the Apply button.
Linux-restricted-modules-generic contains madwifi, fglrx, nvidia drivers, and a bunch of other stuff.
Once this is installed, go to System -> Administration -> Restricted Drivers Management. Check off the Nvidia driver and away you go! If you do get an error concerning software or sources, you’ll have to take one more step.
Go to System -> Administration -> Software Sources. Once there, on the Ubuntu Software tab (it should pop up on that tab by default) check off everything but “Source code”. Close it and then click the “Reload” button when prompted to reload your sources. Then go back to the previous paragraph and try again.

Just go to Applications>Add/Remove… and type nvidia in the search bar. You should find the right packages and be able to install them with a few clicks.