I've also got an Amilo 1536 Pi
, with ATI Mobility Radeon X1400
I did install Ubuntu 9.04
from a bootable USB memory
, of the strange reason that the DVD-drive
disappeared (it got power but it completely lost contact with the motherboard/BIOS).
So I was taking the opportunity to install Ubuntu 9.04 (since I couldn't re-install Windows at all) by making a bootable USB memory stick and was booting from that device.
Everything went ok, and I installed Compiz
and such stuff to have the fun newbie parts as 3D-cube
etc. - I did even install wine
to have my essential Spotify
running smoothly in Ubuntu.
But, for some reason I couldn't get TV-out (S-VHS out)
to work, the TV wasn't even recognized. This is also essential for me, music and TV-out are the main use of my computer at home (apart from surfing and mailing).
I did read about this, and followed some tutorials as the Linux newbie I am, the binary drivers howto
in the Ubuntu help section
to install the proprietary fglrx drivers
First of all I couldn't find any proprietary drivers in System-Administration-Hardware Drivers
- so some tutorials about automatic installs didn't work. But I could install the drivers by downloading them from ATI site and then follow some manual steps, but I had to change some parameters in the install (sh ./driverfilename.run --buildpkgandinstall Ubuntu/jaunty
if I remember correctly).
I have re-intalled Ubuntu a couple of times now, skipping the Compiz install due to the word that says that the fglrx
-drivers or something wasn't compatible with Compiz or the other way around.
At some stages I got a propertiary driver in the System-Administration-Hardware Drivers
- but then ATI catalyst control center
couldn't start with a message telling something about that the fglrx drivers
wasn't correctly installed or something.
However in every attempt to make it work it always ends up with an almost black screen
on re-boot (with the logo and progressbar in wrong graphic mode strangely placed with noise and strange colors at multiple positions) - a memory dump of a screen that couldn't be displayed by the current drivers maybe. The computer hangs at that stage/state also. So I have to make a new re-install every time that occurs.
command didn't show any expected output when it seemed that I had succeeded in installing the proprietary drivers.
It's a time consuming process and I lack one thing in this world, and that's time, I have to start Ubuntu using the non-persistent version from the USB-memory to be able to google for solutions and to write this reply in this thread - I will end this documentary session by putting down some links that I have or will follow in my attempts to make this work - I'll probably not find references to all tutorials and tips since I've re-installed a couple of times and I didn't type the links down on paper. I'll post if I have any success.
any help from someone that already managed this and got it to work would be of great interest and greatly appreciated.
I have looked at:
(failure described above)
alot more links not documented... one with the link above and then an explanation on how to activate TV-out, however that would be interesting when I can boot with correct drivers and be able to use the system.
I will take a look at and maybe try:
and will probably search for many more tutorials/tips/solutions until I have it working properly.