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Old 01-07-2007, 02:42 PM   #1
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Question Install Ubuntu with Radeon X850 video card


Attempting to install Ubuntu 6.06 as dual boot on XP machine. Downloaded distro from Ubuntu site and burned CD. Attempted install, got a fatal server error, no screens found, which from other entries on this site seems to be caused by not having the right driver for the video card, ATI Radeon X850PRO.

Found the driver on the ATI site, wgich http://ati.amd.com/support/drivers/l...ux-radeon.html


However, the driver release notes say:

"The latest version of the AMD Proprietary Linux driver is designed to support the following Linux distributions:

* Red Hat Enterprise Linux suite
* Novell/SuSE product suite"


Should I even attempt to use this driver with Ubuntu? Or would it be better just to use a different distro?
 
Old 01-07-2007, 03:34 PM   #2
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IMO you would be better off getting an nVidia card. The nVidia drivers work better with Linux than do the ATI drivers. I have one machine with an ATI Radeon card and I have several machines which each have a different model of nVidia card. The nVidia cards work much better. For example I could never get direct rendering to work with the ATI Radeon card but it does work on the nVidia cards. Direct rendering is important for speed, especially in games but also for normal 2D desktop screen updates.

You may find that the Ubuntu distribution has ATI drivers available in "deb" form through a software repository. I recently installed a bunch of different distros to see what they could do. I was installing these distros on a machine that has an ATI Radeon card so I looked for ATI drivers after each installation. I was surprised to find that many distros have their own software package to install ATI card drivers. I don't remember if Ubuntu was one of them.

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Old 01-07-2007, 03:35 PM   #3
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You should try the newest ubuntu, which is 6.10, not 6.06. Also, the driver probably will work, they just test it against the ultra popular distros.

Also, a quick google search for Radeon X850PRO ubuntu had a ton of hits, so it certainly can work.

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Old 01-10-2007, 03:15 PM   #4
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Thanks stress_junkie for the advice - good technical advice I'm sure, but at this stage of just trying things out, I''m reluctant to spend the hard earned cash to replace something which isn't broken.

JimBass you suggested 6.10 - I tried that originally, and couldn't get it to work at all, that's how I ended up with 6.06. After your note I gave it another go, with a freshly cut CD and got the same results - it gets part way through, then stops with the Ubuntu logo, under which is a broken blue line, and then a green line. The two lines (especially the green one) could possibly be text which hasn't displayed correctly, but I can't be sure. The green line does disappear when I hit a key, but nothing else seems to happen.

So ... I'm still trawling through some of the Google hits on the search you suggested. I was surprised to find that an apt-get update and upgrade produced a lot of changes. A question for the Ubuntu site perhaps. Anyway, the X server still didn't start.

I'll keep digging but it is a shame to have to struggle at this stage. I know it must be very difficult to keep a distro up to date with all the drivers for all devices - realistically though obstacles like this will deter the amateur with other things to do!

All suggestions welcome, especially the one which points me to a distro which will install first time on my hardware
 
Old 01-10-2007, 03:28 PM   #5
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Hardware detection is pretty good on Ubuntu. Switching distros is not a great idea, particularly because none of the distros will install with true ATI support. You have to install the ATI closed source drivers, and no distro will do that for you.

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Old 01-16-2007, 06:21 PM   #6
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Got there in the end, with 6.10, thanks for the help.
 
  


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