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Old 05-21-2009, 04:43 AM   #1
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Configuring ATI Driver


Got an ASUS laptop with ATI Radeon 2400 grahics.

I've been trying to configure the ati proprietry driver for ages now following various threads but so far to no avail.

The latest is now whenever I boot into Ubuntu it tells me I am in low graphics mode.

Please can somebody hold my hand through configuring this driver!!

I like the idea of Linux and I like the OS but everything I do just seems to be such a stress.

Please help!!!
 
Old 05-21-2009, 06:49 AM   #2
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ATI is not the best choice for working with Linux, a better choice would be nVidia for their hardware always works with Linux. However this link might be useful as it offers Linux drivers:

http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/Pages/index.aspx

Success!
 
Old 05-21-2009, 08:52 AM   #3
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It is a bitch. I don't use it. Nevertheless

check your compiler - which cc && which gcc

Make a kernel and do not run make clean. You need the kernel source. Your distro kernel config is in /boot so just use that. Make sure the link in /lib/modules/<version>/build actually points at the kernel source.

Then try it, and report how it barfs
 
Old 05-22-2009, 09:07 AM   #4
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Thanks for your replies guys.

Sjonnie48 - ATI is installed in the laptop - I don't really have a choice but to use it.

business_kid - I'm relatively new to Linux so most of your answer is going straight over my head! Any answers in plain speak would be cool.

Thanks for your help again.
 
Old 05-22-2009, 10:21 AM   #5
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Install the kernel source files for your kernel· You can find out what kernel you have by running 'uname -r' in a terminal.

let's say, like me you have kernel version 2.6.21.5. There will exist /lib/modules/2.6.21.5-Dec; so check where the 'build' symlink it points to by running

ls -l /lib/modules/2.6.21.5-Dec/build. Here's the one from my box

bash-3.1$ ls -l lib/modules/2.6.21.5-Dec/build
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 27 2008-05-15 12:02 lib/modules/2.6.21.5-Dec/build -> /usr/src/linux-2.6.21.5

cd to your kennel source and run
sudo make mrproper
sudo cp /boot/config-2.6.21.5-Dec .
sudo make

That will take a while. THEN, run the installer, and don't switch console while it is running. It too takes time.

If you hit problems quote my instructions and say what went wrong.
 
Old 05-22-2009, 04:53 PM   #6
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Thanks business_kid.

I don't have a build file under that directory. Here's the output from my terminal window.
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Old 05-23-2009, 08:36 AM   #7
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Thanks business_kid.

I don't have a build file under that directory. Here's the output from my terminal window.
Before you can do this, I need the output of a few commands

1. which gcc (should say /usr/bin/gcc)
2. which cc (should say /usr/bin/cc)
3. ls -l /usr/src

You need the linux kernel source, and a compiler. Let's be sure they are there.
 
Old 05-23-2009, 10:50 AM   #8
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business_kid, usually all that is not necessary.

For the card in question 'restricted' repositories can be enabled or the proprietary driver from the ati site can be downloaded and installed from CLI (without X).

It is also possible to use the 'radeon' driver (some effects will be missing for the 2xxx card)

Post output of /etc/X11/xorg.conf

There is a GUI configuration Tool for fglrx
 
Old 05-23-2009, 03:44 PM   #9
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Thanks for your responses guys, here's the outputs you requested.
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File Type: txt xorg.txt (2.4 KB, 3 views)
File Type: txt outputs.txt (527 Bytes, 3 views)
 
Old 05-24-2009, 10:20 AM   #10
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Xorg.conf
# = commented out
You have many duplicate sections
Keep one...the identifiers should be consistent

Use a better monitor section with better modelines

and the following

Section "Module"
Load "glx"
Load "dbe"
Load "v4l"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Generic Keyboard"
Driver "kbd"
Option "XkbRules" "xorg"
Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
Option "XkbLayout" "us"
Option "XkbOptions" "altwin:meta_win"
EndSection
#Section "InputDevice"
#write something if reqd
#EndSection



Section "Device"
Identifier "Configured Video Device"
Boardname "ATI Radeon"
Busid "PCI:1:0:0"
Driver "radeon"
Option "SubPixelOrder" "NONE"
Option "AccelDFS" "on"
Option "EnablePageFlip" "on"
Option "DRI" "on"
# Option "DDCMode" "off"
# Option "NoDDC" "on"
Option "ColorTiling" "on"
# Option "AGPMode" "8"
# Option "BusType" "PCIE"
# Option "DisplayPriority" "HIGH"
# Option "AccelMethod" "EXA"
# Option "DMAForXv" "off"
Screen 0

#play with these
#Section "ServerLayout"
# "AutoAddDevices" "off"
#EndSection

Section "DRI"
Group 0
Mode 0666
EndSection



You have not installed the fglrx module as yet


#man radeon

#man xorg.conf
 
Old 05-25-2009, 04:27 PM   #11
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I've managed to go back to a generic xorg.conf (attached). It gave me the option when I restarted the pc.

Should I add the sections you added in your last post to the end of the file?

Should I run the ATI Proprietry driver installer again, does this install the fglrx module.

Thanks
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