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Old 05-17-2010, 02:57 PM   #1
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Driver for ATI Radeon integrated video?


Fedora 12, latest kernel, x86_64.

I have an Asus M4A78L-M motherboard that has integrated ATI Radeon HD3000 video. Should I be looking for a driver specific to the integrated video, or should I be looking for a driver specific to the motherboard? I'm not sure if I should look for something different if the video is integrated onto the motherboard, as opposed to a separate video card. This is what I found: http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownloa...5&lang=English

Are there best practices for updating video drivers before I make any changes? I don't want to hose my video.
 
Old 05-17-2010, 08:09 PM   #2
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Fedora is not a supported distribution for fglrx, though I understand that the driver should mostly work with F12 these days. You might want to check rpmfusion to see if they have the driver packaged for F12.

However the open source driver might work fine for your needs, but you haven't really told us what those needs are.

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Old 05-18-2010, 11:09 AM   #3
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Fedora is not a supported distribution for fglrx, though I understand that the driver should mostly work with F12 these days. You might want to check rpmfusion to see if they have the driver packaged for F12.

However the open source driver might work fine for your needs, but you haven't really told us what those needs are.

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Thanks, Adam. Someone gave me one of those widescreen LCD monitors, which works okay, but the highest resolution I can achieve currently is 1024 X 768. I thought that perhaps by updating the ATI driver, I could achieve more control over video settings. I just can't attain a resolution over 1024 X 768, but I'm guessing there may be another workaround
 
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That's very surprising. The open source driver should certainly be able to handle any resolution the monitor is capable, barring a driver bug, of course. Can you attach or pastebin your /var/log/Xorg.0.log file?

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Old 05-18-2010, 11:29 AM   #5
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Well, I haven't tried the mesa driver packages yet. I didn't know these were available until you mentioned it. I'll have to wait until some time after 9:00PM Eastern tonight to install using yum, and regardless of whether it works or not, I'll certainly let you know.

Thanks!
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Fedora would/should come with the 2D open source driver installed :-)

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Fedora 12, latest kernel, x86_64.

I have an Asus M4A78L-M motherboard that has integrated ATI Radeon HD3000 video. Should I be looking for a driver specific to the integrated video, or should I be looking for a driver specific to the motherboard? I'm not sure if I should look for something different if the video is integrated onto the motherboard, as opposed to a separate video card. This is what I found: http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownloa...5&lang=English

Are there best practices for updating video drivers before I make any changes? I don't want to hose my video.
Not sure, but ATI can be a pain in the something.

On this machine (Asus Pundit ABP 2800) with it's intergrated ATI Radeon VGA system, I've had my share of problems. When running with Debian Sarge, the system could lockup by looking at it. It then needed a total shutdown, powrr cord off and 30 minutes of rest. In some cases it would restart again then.
So I upgraded to Slackware 12.2 with its own ATI radeon driver. At least, it was another driver than Debian used. This driver works great. But sometimes the screen still feezes and the system needs a reset (Alt-Ctrl-PrtScreen SUB) and 30 minutes of rest.

Some people claim I run with bad capacitors but in that case, I gues changing drivers would not help much. Since then I look for boards with non ATI VGA systems.
 
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Fedora would/should come with the 2D open source driver installed :-)

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Yeah, I checked what I have installed, and I'm not sure if this is right:

mesa-dri-drivers.i686
mesa-dri-drivers.x86_64
mesa-dri-drivers-experimental.x86_64

Still not working. I looked into removing the "mesa-dri-drivers.i686" and "mesa-dri-drivers.x86_64" but yum would remove 143 dependencies.

Whenever I try to execute glxinfo, it crashes, and when I try to go into System Settings to configure the Desktop (screensaver and whatnot), it too crashes. I'm about to throw in the towel.
 
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Not sure, but ATI can be a pain in the something.
Darned tootin'!
 
Old 05-18-2010, 09:04 PM   #10
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That's very surprising. The open source driver should certainly be able to handle any resolution the monitor is capable, barring a driver bug, of course. Can you attach or pastebin your /var/log/Xorg.0.log file?

Adam
Well, I just installed the Rawhide (Fedora 13) unstable Mesa 3D drivers version 7.8 (by running
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yum --enablerepo=rawhide update mesa-dri-drivers-experimental mesa*
), and everything seems to be working. I replaced the xorg.conf file back into /etc/X11 and added Modes "1440x900" to the SubSection "Display" section of the "Screen" section. Now I'm running 1440X900 screen resolution. Much sharper, clearer, and more available screen real-estate. I think I'll stop for tonight :-)
 
Old 05-19-2010, 07:23 AM   #11
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Well, I just installed the Rawhide (Fedora 13) unstable Mesa 3D drivers version 7.8 (by running
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yum --enablerepo=rawhide update mesa-dri-drivers-experimental mesa*
), and everything seems to be working. I replaced the xorg.conf file back into /etc/X11 and added Modes "1440x900" to the SubSection "Display" section of the "Screen" section. Now I'm running 1440X900 screen resolution. Much sharper, clearer, and more available screen real-estate. I think I'll stop for tonight :-)
Well, everything seems to be working, except that I have no screen savers. I guess since the experimental mesa drivers are just that, experimental, and I'm using the ones built for Rawhide (I'm on Constantine), I can't expect everything to work right
 
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Open-source 2D?

I thought they are 3D, in fact I use it for 3D!
 
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There are open source 2D drivers (included in Xorg) and open source 3D drivers (included in Mesa).

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