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Old 10-31-2010, 01:25 PM   #1
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Ubuntu 10.10 - ATI Drivers.


Introduction:

After quite some time I have used windows i have returned to Linux, I used to love Linux but than I had to use windows for gaming purposes.

Now, I have decided to try Linux again in dual boot with windows 7 ultimate.

Installation was pretty smooth, I successfully installed Ubuntu 10.10 (64 bit amd).

My PC:

Amd phenom 2 X2 550 3.0 GHZ
Gigabyte GA-MA770-UD3
Samsung 500GB hard disk
AMD ATI Raedon hd 4870

I have A few problems.

1:
I have a dual screen setup, one 17'' screen in the left and a main 22'' screen in the middle. It works perfectly in windows but for some bizarre reason I can't manage to configure my 22'' inch screen as a main screen in ubuntu. Furthermore, when I set them together the smaller screen (which it sets as main) as some weird location issues. (may have something to do with 2 and 3).

2:
My 17'' inch screen (mentioned above), is a native 1280X1024. But ubuntu doesn't give me that as an option. I have 1360X768 (which is over the native) and 1152X864.

3:
This is probably the cause for the 2 first problems. I have installed ATI CATALYST control panel in order to fix those problems, and it says :
"
There was a problem initializing Catalyst Control Center Linux edition. It could be caused by the following.
No ATI graphics driver is installed, or the ATI driver is not functioning properly.
Please install the ATI driver appropriate for you ATI hardware, or configure using aticonfig.
"

I will probably come out with more problems as ill play with it.
 
Old 10-31-2010, 01:28 PM   #2
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Did you install the ATI-driver with the Driver Manager of Ubuntu?
 
Old 10-31-2010, 03:00 PM   #3
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ok I installed it, it now works as it should.


But it's realy slow just dragging about windows and such.

It souldn't be this slow...
 
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I found out the the 2D acceleration of the ATI driver is not very well, but it seems to me that this is not true for all cards. I don't have this issue, so I can't help you with this, sorry.
 
Old 11-01-2010, 01:34 PM   #5
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There is a diffrence between just "not well" to stalling while dragging a window around.


Anyone knows the cause of this?


*** hd 4870 is a quite a strong card... it's not hardware related ***
 
Old 11-04-2010, 01:10 AM   #6
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I guess no one knows ?

 
Old 11-04-2010, 09:07 AM   #7
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Hi,

it has been a long time since I used the proprietary driver for my ATI card (it's no longer supported). However, I do recall that I had to change some settings in the xorg.conf file to get some decent performance. Unfortunately I do not remember what exactly I changed. Maybe you could post your xorg.conf here. I assume, xorg.conf is still needed for the ATI drivers to work.
 
Old 11-05-2010, 02:28 AM   #8
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Code:
Section "ServerLayout"
	Identifier     "aticonfig Layout"
	Screen      0  "aticonfig-Screen[0]-0" 0 0
EndSection

Section "Module"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
	Identifier   "aticonfig-Monitor[0]-0"
	Option	    "VendorName" "ATI Proprietary Driver"
	Option	    "ModelName" "Generic Autodetecting Monitor"
	Option	    "DPMS" "true"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
	Identifier   "0-DFP2"
	Option	    "VendorName" "ATI Proprietary Driver"
	Option	    "ModelName" "Generic Autodetecting Monitor"
	Option	    "DPMS" "true"
	Option	    "PreferredMode" "1920x1080"
	Option	    "TargetRefresh" "60"
	Option	    "Position" "0 0"
	Option	    "Rotate" "normal"
	Option	    "Disable" "false"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
	Identifier   "0-CRT2"
	Option	    "VendorName" "ATI Proprietary Driver"
	Option	    "ModelName" "Generic Autodetecting Monitor"
	Option	    "DPMS" "true"
	Option	    "TargetRefresh" "60"
	Option	    "Position" "0 56"
	Option	    "Rotate" "normal"
	Option	    "Disable" "true"
EndSection

Section "Device"
	Identifier  "aticonfig-Device[0]-0"
	Driver      "fglrx"
	Option	    "Monitor-DFP2" "0-DFP2"
	Option	    "Monitor-CRT2" "0-CRT2"
	BusID       "PCI:1:0:0"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
	Identifier "aticonfig-Screen[0]-0"
	Device     "aticonfig-Device[0]-0"
	DefaultDepth     24
	SubSection "Display"
		Viewport   0 0
		Depth     24
	EndSubSection
EndSection


Here it is, I have no idea what I need to change but... I guess you guys can help me with that.
 
Old 11-05-2010, 06:55 AM   #9
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Code:
Section "ServerLayout"
    Identifier     "aticonfig Layout"
    Screen      0  "aticonfig-Screen[0]-0" 0 0
EndSection

Section "Module"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
    Identifier   "aticonfig-Monitor[0]-0"
    Option        "VendorName" "ATI Proprietary Driver"
    Option        "ModelName" "Generic Autodetecting Monitor"
    Option        "DPMS" "true"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
    Identifier   "0-DFP2"
    Option        "VendorName" "ATI Proprietary Driver"
    Option        "ModelName" "Generic Autodetecting Monitor"
    Option        "DPMS" "true"
    Option        "PreferredMode" "1920x1080"
    Option        "TargetRefresh" "60"
    Option        "Position" "0 0"
    Option        "Rotate" "normal"
    Option        "Disable" "false"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
    Identifier   "0-CRT2"
    Option        "VendorName" "ATI Proprietary Driver"
    Option        "ModelName" "Generic Autodetecting Monitor"
    Option        "DPMS" "true"
    Option        "TargetRefresh" "60"
    Option        "Position" "0 56"
    Option        "Rotate" "normal"
    Option        "Disable" "true"
EndSection

Section "Device"
    Identifier  "aticonfig-Device[0]-0"
    Driver      "fglrx"
    Option        "Monitor-DFP2" "0-DFP2"
    Option        "Monitor-CRT2" "0-CRT2"
    BusID       "PCI:1:0:0"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
    Identifier "aticonfig-Screen[0]-0"
    Device     "aticonfig-Device[0]-0"
    DefaultDepth     24
    SubSection "Display"
        Viewport   0 0
        Depth     24
    EndSubSection
EndSection
Here it is, I have no idea what I need to change but... I guess you guys can help me with that.
Hello again,

I googled a bit and found this:
http://www.linuxinsight.com/your-ati...erver-1.3.html

I do recall that the option
Option "MigrationHeuristic" "greedy"

was the decisive option that got my card working back years ago. I am not sure if this will also help you, but it is worth a try. If not, try google with the following search terms:
linux ati driver slow

You might also want to include your card model. Keep us posted if this solves your issue.
 
Old 11-05-2010, 09:03 AM   #10
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This might help.

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...nhd_4870&num=1

phoronix is a great resource for information concerning hardware on Linux.
 
Old 11-05-2010, 11:15 AM   #11
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didn't i mention?
Power color Ati raedon Hd 4870 512MB


Oh, and after trying some games (Open arena, Asylum) i found out they don't work. no error, but they wont start.

ill try your option and update
 
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It didn't work, I also tried to reinstall drivers, but no luck.

I didn't quite find a solution online
 
Old 11-08-2010, 06:26 AM   #13
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Anyone?



 
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I guess there is no solution?
 
Old 11-10-2010, 10:22 AM   #15
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which ATI driver did you install from the ubuntu software manager? the ATI Binary X.org driver? because ubuntu has several different "ATI" drivers to choose from... and also if you go to System > Administration > Additional drivers does it say that the ati proprietary driver is in use?
 
  


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