When desktop-effects are not enabled, screen rotation works as expected-
screen properly resizes from 1024x768 to 768x1024, and panel and so on resize
properly. When desktop-effects are enabled, things go bad, apparently
unpredictably- sometimes it seems to resize correctly, but the screen then stops
refreshing; other times it does not resize correctly (apparently becoming
This is problematic for tablet PC users, though of course there is an obvious
workaround (turn off desktop effects.)
 using the following command:
/usr/bin/xrandr --output LVDS --rotate [right|normal]
hardware information will be (hopefully) in bug 366211
Really a compiz bug first. Definitely not an XFree86 bug though.
*** Bug 428283 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Note that the duplicate bug has extensive X logs, confs, etc., and bug 366211
has all of the same information from my HW.
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Not sure when this got fixed (wasn't F9) but now seems to work in F10! Thanks!