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Old 10-18-2007, 10:53 PM   #1
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Installing ATI video drivers in Ubuntu


I'm new to Linux and was trying SimplyMEPIS, but I had a lot of difficulty with it, so I switched to Ubuntu. The difficulty I'm having now is mostly that it's simply different, and I'm not sure how to install these video drivers. For that matter, I don't remember EXACTLY how I did it in MEPIS, but I guess that probably doesn't matter. Anyway, my card is a ATI Radeon Xpress 1150 256 mb, and for MEPIS I was using ati-driver-installer-8.40.4-x86.x86_64.run as a driver. I assume it would be the same driver in Ubuntu? I'm not completely sure, but I can't seem to run it. When I try to open it straight to look up the instructions, I get this error message--

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Could not open "ati-driver-installer-8.40.4-x86.x86_64.run"

Archive type not supported.
Assuming I remember correctly, and I very well may not be, the way I installed it in MEPIS was by running the command ./ati-driver-installer-8.40.4-x86.x86_64.run, but that doesn't work in Ubuntu, I figure I'm probably just doing the whole thing wrong, which is why I'm here.

Does anyone know what I need to do to install these drivers?
 
Old 10-19-2007, 12:57 AM   #2
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Using Ubuntu 7.04 or later, you go to system > administration > restricted driver management and run the tool. This should detect your card and install the correct driver.

http://ubuntuguide.org/wiki/Ubuntu_Feisty
 
Old 10-19-2007, 02:13 AM   #3
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Well, that's definitely made some progress, no doubt, because my second monitor is mirroring my primary monitor, BUT, how can I change my resolution to 1280x800? It doesn't show up in the screen resolution window from the system menu, the only ones that show up are 1024x768, 800x600, and 640x480. Also, how do I set up dual-heads?
 
Old 10-19-2007, 03:38 AM   #4
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how can I change my resolution to 1280x800?
sudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf - edit the mode lines.

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how do I set up dual-heads
What kind of dual head would you like?

In the server layout section:
Option "Xinerama" "on"

Learn about Xinerama and MergedFB.
 
Old 10-19-2007, 09:22 PM   #5
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Ah, good, I've made a lot of progress. I got a good resolution working. I don't know exactly how I did it, but dual-head is working now, too. But now I have two new problems.

When I move my cursor onto my second monitor, it changes from the typical arrow to a big white box with a few scrambled graphics in them. It works exactly as a cursor should, it's just... a big white box...

Also, for some reason my screensaver runs VERY slowly, and when I leave the screensaver, Ubuntu restarts and goes to the login screen. I wonder if I accidentally did something with the ATI driver to mess it up? Any idea on how to fix this?

Thanks, Simon, your help so far has been really, really useful.
 
  


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