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Old 10-06-2009, 03:38 PM   #1
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ATI Radeon hd 4870


hi.
I bought this card, but I cannot find any drivers for 4870 specifically.

I this site i read about the "same-day Linux support", and that it works with the catalyst, but I'm not sure what to do..

Did anyone have the same prob?

Thanks
 
Old 10-06-2009, 03:56 PM   #2
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ATI has some driver support on their site, and depending on the distro you're using, it ranges from easy to complex to set up.

Are you currently using the opensource fglrx driver?
 
Old 10-06-2009, 04:33 PM   #3
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ATI has some driver support on their site, and depending on the distro you're using, it ranges from easy to complex to set up.

Are you currently using the opensource fglrx driver?
I downloaded fglrx before a while, but I can't see any difference at all.
How can use it? is there any control panel?

On the ati siteati site, there are no drivers for 4870 as you can see.

Do u know something more. If it is comlicated gimme some keywords to search or a tutorial if it exists (I couldnt find any)
 
Old 10-07-2009, 12:12 AM   #4
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I downloaded fglrx before a while, but I can't see any difference at all.
How can use it? is there any control panel?

On the ati site, there are no drivers for 4870 as you can see.

Do u know something more. If it is comlicated gimme some keywords to search or a tutorial if it exists (I couldnt find any)
Here is a link to the proprietary driver: http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownloa...6&lang=English

You get there by "Graphics" -> "Linux x86/x86_64" -> "Radeon" -> "ATI Radeon HD 4800"

Hint: ATI uses practically the same driver for all current cards, and then there is another driver for most of the older cards.

I would honestly recommend just using the fglrx driver that ships default with Debian/Ubuntu/etc - it's going to be the easiest.
Here's how you do that:
http://www.x.org/wiki/radeonhd
http://www.x.org/wiki/radeonhd%3Apackages

Now, if you want the proprietary 3D acceleration (only worthwhile if you game, really)
http://wiki.debian.org/ATIProprietary
http://www.debianadmin.com/how-to-in...in-debian.html

And step-by-step, here's how I did it on my ATI HD 4670 under Debian. YMMV, but you get the idea. There are also MANY forum posts here and elsewhere detailing this, but it seems to be a little different for everyone.

# Install from DVD
# su -
# visudo (add self)
# Download latest ATI driver
# sudo apt-get install mesa-utils
# glxgears (opensource benchmark)
# sudo apt-get install dpkg-dev debhelper libstdc++5 build-essential cdbs fakeroot
# (In download dir) - chmod +x *.run
# sudo ./ati-driver-installer-9-8-x86.x86_64.run --buildpkg Debian/lenny
# sudo dpkg -r fglrx-kernel-src
# sudo dpkg -r fglrx-source
# sudo dpkg -r fglrx-atieventsd
# sudo dpkg -r fglrx-glx
# sudo dpkg -r fglrx-glx-ia32
# sudo dpkg -r fglrx-kernel-2.6.26-2-amd64
# sudo dpkg -l |grep fglrx
# Remove EVERYTHING fglrx
# sudo dpkg --purge (everything fglrx)
# sudo dpkg -i fglrx-kernel-src_8.64-1_amd64.deb
# sudo dpkg -i --force overwrite fglrx-driver_8.64-1_amd64.deb
# sudo dpkg -i fglrx-amdcccle_8.64-1_amd64.deb
# sudo m-a prepare
# sudo m-a build fglrx (Do NOT!!!! let it download anything fglrx related or you'll have to do it all over)
# sudo m-a install fglrx
# sudo modprobe -v fglrx
# sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg
# sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop
# reboot
# sudo lsmod |grep fg
# glxgears (should be 10-20x faster)
 
Old 10-08-2009, 12:06 PM   #5
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thanks!!

I installed the proprietary and I'll experiment with the rest when have some time.
 
Old 10-08-2009, 07:15 PM   #6
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ATI has some driver support on their site, and depending on the distro you're using, it ranges from easy to complex to set up.

Are you currently using the opensource fglrx driver?
FYI, there is no such thing as the opensource fglrx driver. fglrx is closed source. 'radeon' and 'radeonhd' are open source Xorg drivers.

Adam
 
Old 10-08-2009, 08:19 PM   #7
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Here's an Ubuntu tutorial on ATI
 
Old 10-08-2009, 08:36 PM   #8
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FYI, there is no such thing as the opensource fglrx driver. fglrx is closed source. 'radeon' and 'radeonhd' are open source Xorg drivers.

Adam
Whoops! My bad, you are correct.
 
  


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