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android6011 12-20-2006 05:14 PM

ATI 200M fglrx driver How to (Debian Etch)
I had been trying to get the drivers from ATI working for several months now. Recently I decided to give it another try. I did a fresh install of Debian Etch, only a base system. I am using the amd64 arch, but everything should work for the other archs as well. I did an apt-get install gnome xorg. That is all I had before I began following several guides until I got it working with the below steps. Also I did all this as root so you may need to install fakeroot or something along those lines.

First grab some dependencies


apt-get install module-assistant build-essential dh-make debhelper debconf libstdc++5 linux-headers-$(uname -r)
Then I downloaded the drivers from: either Linux_x86 or Linux_x86_64, then Integrated/Motherboard, then Radeon Xpress 200)

After that make sure the driver is executable and then have it build the .debs:


./ --buildpkg Debian/etch
Then install the debs:


dpkg -i *.deb
Then add this to /etc/X11/xorg.conf at the end:


Section "Extensions"
        Option  "Composite" "Disable"

Then compile the driver:


cd /usr/src
m-a prepare
m-a a-i fglrx

Then finally have the driver setup the rest of your xorg.conf file automatically:


aticonfig --initial
aticonfig --overlay-type=Xv

Then reboot and everything should be all set.
I'm a tad new at this so I will try to answer any questions and I hope this helps.

rickh 12-21-2006 10:33 AM

Normally, I would recommend that people use the ATI drivers from Debian non-free rather than those from the ATI website. OTOH, you did get a newer version, and if it works, that's a good thing.

android6011 12-21-2006 04:40 PM

I mostly did this because I am trying to get XGL up and going. no luck so far, just a gray screen and 'busy' cursor

rickh 12-21-2006 05:05 PM

I assume you've studied this

android6011 12-21-2006 07:04 PM

not that one exactly but its basically what I did, still no go. i think it is just the card wont support it :(

microsoft/linux 12-21-2006 07:08 PM

I've got AIGLX running with the 'radeon' driver. It works fine, except for pixel shading, which means no water effect. Transparent cube also gives me a huge hit on fps.

android6011 12-21-2006 07:23 PM

with the 200M on etch? how?

microsoft/linux 12-22-2006 11:31 AM

I've got the ATI Mobility Radeon 320M, on etch. I'm using the xorg-video-ati(or something along those lines) package, and then just change the driver to 'radeon' in your xorg.conf.

jag1506 12-27-2006 09:30 AM

does anybody knows how to install xgl using nvidia gforce 5500, i had to install my os 4 times playing with the kernel for my card and still can't use xgl

jag1506 12-27-2006 09:32 AM

please reply directly to me if posible

android6011 12-27-2006 10:13 PM


Originally Posted by microsoft/linux
I've got the ATI Mobility Radeon 200M, on etch. I'm using the xorg-video-ati(or something along those lines) package, and then just change the driver in your xorg.conf.

what do you mean change the driver? to what?

rickh 12-27-2006 10:39 PM

xorg's driver will definitely NOT do what you want. According to this page: ... your card may not support xgl.

microsoft/linux 12-27-2006 11:16 PM

I'm sorry, I was completely mistaken, I've got the Mobility Radeon 320M, sorry for the confusion. I'm really sorry to have led you on like that, but it was a complete accident, I'll edit my posts above to reflect that.

jag1506 01-27-2007 02:20 PM

hey guys don't fight anymore, install ubuntu, i just installed 2 days ego and works cool, wowww i forgot to say that i was able to install beryl on debian etch x86_64 with my nvidia gforce 5500 just in case some one need help, jeje. a lot of googling.

jkeiper 04-29-2007 05:30 PM

Hello android6011,

Your howto is working fine also on "lenny" kernelversion 2.6.18-4-amd64 and Radeon X1900GT with Ati-driver 8.35.5-x86.x86_64

Just donīt use:

aticonfig --overlay-type=Xv
Many thanks

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