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Old 04-30-2006, 10:48 AM   #1
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Video card driver update


Well, maybe not an update, more of an oversight during install. The install defaulted to "vesa" because my mind was elsewhere. I was looking for radeon video cards and never considered ATI. Duh!

I'd like to get my 256Mg ATI Radeon 9600 card working so I can get items like the browser to fit on the screen. 800x600 is to large, I need 1024x768.

I've looked at 4 other similar requests and am hoping my video card was included with the driver options I let slip by.

Thanks,

Chris
 
Old 04-30-2006, 03:08 PM   #2
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I'm a little unclear on what the problem exactly is but I'd suggest you download and install the ATI driver from their website. Once you have done that edit the xorg.conf file according to their instructions. Most notably the driver line of the videocard section should say "radeon" not "vesa".
 
Old 05-01-2006, 03:53 PM   #3
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I have downloaded a driver from ATI and a debian ati driver from another source. Now, how do I install either ati-driver-installer-8.24.8-run or fglrx-driver-8.24.8.orig.ta.gz?

I have clicked on the driver and gotten a gedit can't figure out which code to use messages or nothing happens at all.

Now do I need to run as root or as su in a console and use something like apt-get(?)to install? I'm a bit slow at this stuff so bear with me.



Don't let the Registered Linux User number fool you. I am just getting back to linux after many years.
 
Old 05-01-2006, 04:15 PM   #4
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The first ati-driver-installer etc. looks like a binary installer. first you need to make it executable
Code:
chmod +x ati-driver-installer-8.24.8-run
then
Code:
./ati-driver-installer-8.24.8-run
that should work for that one which I'm assuming is the ati one (the one i'd prefer)
the second is in an archive called a tarball. to keep this simple you could probably just use a graphical program , but if you want to do it in the terminal it is
Code:
tar xzf fglrx-driver-8.24.8.orig.tar.gz
once you have done that go into the directory and depending on the software you are trying to install
Code:
./configure
make
make install
apt-get offers a way of downloading and installing things with resolved dependencies with a single line at the command line. It is the easiest way to get new software if it is available and your repositories are set up.

Installing software nearly always requires superuser credentials, su is sufficient. You shouldn't need to log in as root at all. The only time I do is if I have a lot of things to do at once.
 
Old 05-07-2006, 11:49 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by fraz
The first ati-driver-installer etc. looks like a binary installer. first you need to make it executable
Code:
chmod +x ati-driver-installer-8.24.8-run
then
Code:
./ati-driver-installer-8.24.8-run
that should work for that one which I'm assuming is the ati one (the one i'd prefer)
the second is in an archive called a tarball. to keep this simple you could probably just use a graphical program , but if you want to do it in the terminal it is
Code:
tar xzf fglrx-driver-8.24.8.orig.tar.gz
once you have done that go into the directory and depending on the software you are trying to install
Code:
./configure
make
make install
apt-get offers a way of downloading and installing things with resolved dependencies with a single line at the command line. It is the easiest way to get new software if it is available and your repositories are set up.

Installing software nearly always requires superuser credentials, su is sufficient. You shouldn't need to log in as root at all. The only time I do is if I have a lot of things to do at once.
Well.....it would appear that I need a refresher course on how to cd to the directory that holds the ati installer. Plus a lot of other basic line commands. So far nothing has worked.
 
  


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