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I have a thinkpad X121e with AMD E450 processor and integrated radeon 6320 graphics. The system seems a little unstable, with occasional lock-up of (seemingly) graphics. This has already lead to a data loss.. Currently I am running ubuntu 11.10 with 3.0.0-14 kernel (amd64). I haven't installed proprietary fglrx drivers.
Any suggestions to improve the stability? Should I try the most recent kernel? Should I tweak the kernel options/modules? Should I try the flgrx driver (although it does not mention 6320 on the webpage).
I'm using the HP dm1z which is the same APU as yours. I have had very good luck with the open source drivers. The closed source drivers on the other hand have caused me a lot of issues with suspend to ram. I'm using a 3.2 kernel in Gentoo.
If you can, try a newer kernel before trying the closed source drivers. Especially if you want to use suspend to ram. As far as stability otherwise goes, I haven't had any graphic problems or lockups with either driver using a 3.2 kernel.
Business_kid -- the radeon driver is in the kernel, right? (at least according wikipedia it is...). Compiling the new kernel now, will let you know.
radeon.ko is the kernel module. There's also an X driver (xf86-video-ati) which needs a recent system, and is often best compiled from git with a similar mesa. I'm out of touch because my radeon gpus are little, and nothing respectively. I'm currently stuck on the 'nothing' (rs690) and I mean to compile mesa for llvm again on it but I haven't bothered yet.
Hi. My versions are (standard slackware-current as of April last year)
For console only, the kernel is grand. For X, you need recent versions of all this stuff. There was some significant change in xorg-server around 1.7.5; mesa has gone from 7.9.x --> 7.11.x and xf86-video-ati from 6.12.x -->6.14.99 last seen(=6.15 beta)
In a word, you would profit from a newer distro. I tried to update an older distro, and it ended with me undoing my efforts. I wouldn't recommend it.
EDIT: On the positive side, the r300 driver is pretty well sorted, so you won't have to do this again to yourself.