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Old 11-12-2012, 05:44 PM   #1
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Thinkpad T500 - ati mobility radeon hd3650


Hi ALL! I am wondering if you could help me... Right now I am windows user and really want to change my OS to Linux. The problem is when I install ( or don't install) proprietary video driver for mobility hd3650 everything just runs terrible. When you scroll web page there is just slideshow, videos on YouTube are laggy and unwatchable. Am I doing something wrong or is it all I can get from video card on Linux?
 
Old 11-12-2012, 05:48 PM   #2
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A little bit more info would help us to diagnose your issues.
- Which distribution? In which version?
- Which driver version and how did you install it (from the distro's repository or from the AMD website)?
- Is the free radeon driver blacklisted?
 
Old 11-13-2012, 02:13 AM   #3
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- Ubuntu 12.04/12.10, Kubuntu 12.04, Backtrack 5 r2/r3 these
are what I try to use.
- In Ubuntu and kubuntu I installed drivers from Ubuntu updates, in BT5 from AMD website. Versions were 12.06 and 12.10. Actually they were the last available for my hardware.
- No I didn't blacklist anything.


Ok, I have googled for a while... I found out that amd has stopped supporting these chips and I should use legacy driver, buuut... It seems like ati legacy drivers work wrong with latest Linux distros. Does this mean I should use some old specific Linux disro?

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Ubuntu 12.10 uses xserver 1.13, the AMD Legacy driver will not work with that version, so you have to stick with 12.04. As long as you are not a network and security expert don't bother to fiddle with a niche distro like Backtrack, it is neither aimed at new users nor is it made for everyday desktop use.
Ubuntu's update function usually does not install different drivers as the ones that were installed, does you have by any chance rather used the "Additional Drivers" application?
To test if the radeon driver is blacklisted you can open a Terminal and launch the command
Code:
grep -r radeon /etc/modprobe.d
If you get a line that contains
Code:
blacklist radeon
than the driver is correctly blacklisted.
 
Old 11-13-2012, 07:28 AM   #5
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Ubuntu 12.10 uses xserver 1.13, the AMD Legacy driver will not work with that version, so you have to stick with 12.04.
Do you mean I have to stick with Ubuntu 12.04 and Xorg 1.12? Because if yes - well, there were the same problems.

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As long as you are not a network and security expert don't bother to fiddle with a niche distro like Backtrack, it is neither aimed at new users nor is it made for everyday desktop use.
Yeah, I know. I am not a network or security expert. I am apprentice . I use it for pentesting and other specific purposes. I tried to install GPU driver, just to watch the result. It's same as on Ubuntu 12.04/12.10.

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Ubuntu's update function usually does not install different drivers as the ones that were installed, does you have by any chance rather used the "Additional Drivers" application?
Yes, my mistake. When I said I installed it from Ubuntu update I meant from "additional drivers".

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To test if the radeon driver is blacklisted you can open a Terminal and launch the command
Code:
grep -r radeon /etc/modprobe.d
If you get a line that contains
Code:
blacklist radeon
than the driver is correctly blacklisted.
I'll try it in 5 minutes.

Yep, it says: /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-fglrx.conf:blacklist radeon

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Old 11-13-2012, 08:48 AM   #6
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Ok, it seems that when I installed 12.4 instead of 12.6 for ati, it improved fps significantly, but kde visual effects refuse to work with 12.4 :/


Here is my conclusion: I did fresh install of kubuntu 12.10 64bit and haven't installed any additional drivers... Didn't even try. Everything seems to work pretty smooth. So I think it's better to use open-source drivers if you have old hardware.

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