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Old 10-05-2005, 11:37 PM   #1
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Question Looking for a Distro that can configure your ATI card?

If you are new to linux which I am/was, have an ATI card, want your card to work without effort, try out SimplyMEPIS. It loaded the drivers for my 9800Pro and everything just worked. I'm sure there are some exceptions, but mine worked just fine. During the install it found that I had an ATI card and just asked me if i wanted to enable it, I selected yes and that was that. Check it out. It is a great little distro, better than the mighty Ubuntu in my humble opinion.
Old 10-06-2005, 03:26 AM   #2
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it wouldnt be too hard for it to be better than ubuntu.... hell, all it has to do is have a real root account. (i really dont like ubuntu, its like barbie malibu linux, only more annoying)

i'll have to give supermepis a prod, see if it likes my ATI cards
Old 10-06-2005, 08:38 AM   #3
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Ubuntu was the distro that got me into Linux, so I can't be too hard on it, but now that I've moved on I know what you mean. SimplyMepis is a nice lil distro and it comes as a live CD so you can check it out before installing it. I don't know if it works with the ATI card when it is being used as a Live CD though.
Old 10-06-2005, 10:56 AM   #4
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Hmm.. had no issues with Gentoo and ATI, nor Slackware and ATI to be honest. The main thing to do is download the actual install off the ATI website (DON'T use the emerge one, IMO, it gave me more hassles than it saved, likewise with the Nvidia drivers on emerge.)

Make sure AGP Gart and DRI are compiled in the kernel as modules, then just run the installer.

Both ATI and Nvidias installers tell you if they succeeded or failed.

With ATI, run fglrxconfig, answer the questions, and then kick in X Windows anew, and voila it'll be happy and running.
Old 10-06-2005, 11:20 AM   #5
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Yeah, I read that on another thread, my only issue is that I don't believe (at least in my case) tjose modules are compiled into the kernel. So when I go thru the process you descriped my X-window is unbootable after I run the fglrxconfig. I posted in the Slackware section what my xorg.config files look like before and after the fglrxconfig. You can view it here

Maybe you will can find what is wrong. I just don't have a working xorg.config after ATI drivers configured to compare against to see if there is something wrong.

I was planning on comiling my own kernel anyways so I'm going to bump it up to 2.6.x and compile in those modules when I do. From what I have read everything should work after that.

The main reson I posted this is that I know a lot of newbies to Linux like myself (somewhat) would like to have those drivers working out of the box, which Mepis does very well. So for someone looking into using Linux for the first time or just doesn't want to mess around with modules and kernel compiles yet this distro is a good one to try.
Old 10-06-2005, 12:46 PM   #6
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zeroz52 I suggest you file the HCL in LQ for anybody looking to buy the card that is where the info should be


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