Some hardware specs first: HP COmpaq nw8240; ATI mobility FireGL V5000 with 19200x1200 max resoultion on 15.4" widescreen.
I struggled a bit to get my screen res working until I came across this wiki: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BinaryDriverHowto/ATI
I followed the instructions under Ubuntu provided drivers and installed the driver, and it worked like a charm. I have my resolution, but I have been reading, especially on the Ubuntu video and sound forums that to get the full potential out of this graphics card, we have to use the official ATI driver; I also believe that a new driver v 8.22.5 is out. Now for my questions:
1. How do I know that I have the fireGL card working to its full potential
2. If I decide to install the ATI official drivers, will I have to uninstall this Ubuntu provided driver?
Let me say, this, I tried following the instructions here: http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=423584
and at the point where we have to remove the old drivers, and reconf the xserver,
sudo apt-get remove xorg-driver-fglrx
sudo apt-get remove fglrx-control
sudo apt-get remove linux-restricted-modules-$(uname -r)
sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg #Select the ATI driver
My system does not recognize the commmand
sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg
and spits an error saying that there is not xserver or xorg installed.
I am reluctant to go thru this again, but is someone can reassure me that there is
1. A need to install ATI driver to achieve the full potential of my graphics cars, and
2, That the process of installing this official ATI driver will not make me regress the quality of my resolutions,
then can he show me how to go about doing this one more time.
Here is my $fglrxinfo output:
display: :0.0 screen: 0
OpenGL vendor string: Mesa project: www.mesa3d.org
OpenGL renderer string: Mesa GLX Indirect
OpenGL version string: 1.2 (1.5 Mesa 6.2.1)
If that will help.
Many thanks in advance,