ATI Radeon Xpress 200M problems
Against my better judgment, I purchased a laptop with an ATI Radeon Xpress 200M video card. I thought that with a little effort, any modern video card can be forced to work under Linux. So far, I'm not so sure.
I'm running Slackware 10.2, but have upgraded the gcc to 3.4.6 (from Slackware-current) in order to run the latest ndiswrapper. I've also upgraded the kernel to 126.96.36.199. I've tried to follow every little howto to get the fglrx drivers to work (latest version: 8.28.8), but no dice. With DRI enabled, the screen goes blank and the laptop crashes. Without DRI, I can start up X (xorg 6.8.2), but if I quit X or go to another console, I get vertical colored bars on the screen and again the laptop is unresponsive.
I disable DRI with the NoDRI option in the xorg.conf file generated by aticonfig. Aside from crashing when I quit X or switch consoles, the result is a perfectly good looking 2D desktop (though, of course, I paid for a 3D card!).
I've also looked into the r300 driver from the latest version of xorg, but I'm told that it doesn't support the Xpress 200M.
I have UMA + Sideport set to 128M + 128M, as suggested in various sites.
01:05.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc ATI Radeon XPRESS 200M 5955 (PCIE)
I appreciate any advice you may offer!