Thinkpad T500 with ATI Mobility Radeon 3650; no fglrx drivers
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while putting off going to bed last night I was poking around the Ubuntu system menu and found "hardware drivers". going there results in the question "do you want to enable ati drivers" choosing yes results in working ati drivers. lots of flickering to black during video playback but at least it's progress.
Thats great to hear at least that it's working somewhat. I could not even get the 8.10 live cd to even boot. I got a black screen on my computer (a laptop Acer 6530). I did get Opensuse 11.1 to work without 3d but had to let it go after too many YAST problems.
Once this card gets full on 3d support I'm back in the game for good without a doubt.