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Old 09-25-2005, 11:44 AM   #1
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Arrow Probably Basic Video Card Problems.

It seems that I have a problem with my video card. I have an ati radeon 9600 and my distro is kubuntu (i think it is Hoary). Well, my problem is that i cant seem to do anything that would put a strain on the video card (eg. advanced games). Now the only games i have been able to get to work have been tetris,tron, and other simple games. Also my video card supports two monitors (1 card, 2 monitors) and well, if i turn on the second monitor (with the button on the monitor) it just shows a clone of the other screen. I have somewhat looked around for why it does this but have had little help. If this is a little to vague then i will be happy to give any information that you would need to help me with my problem.

~ Thanks in advanced
Old 09-26-2005, 05:47 AM   #2
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For graphics-intense games, you will probably need the official ATI driver. It is freely available, but unfortunately, it is proprietary and closed-source. is the latest version (8.16.20). For me, the previous version (8.14.13) worked better, but YMMV.
Old 09-27-2005, 08:03 PM   #3
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I went to the link that you provided but was very uncertain about what to download. so i decided to click on the link that says ATI Driver install (not the one that says Xfree86, cuz i think that ubuntu is but I'm not completely sure.) So, when i clicked on the link i figured it would download like a normal download like a normal download but it did a really weird thing that i have no idea what to do with. when i clicked on it, it gave me a bunch of code. Could You (or someone) please help me figure out how to install this thing? also, Ubuntu is Debian based and thus has APT so couldn't I use APT-GET to get this? but then again i kinda tried that and i don't think anything happened. oh and another thing, this is a bit off topic but i might as well ask it here since Tux's (the guy who posted before me) profile says he uses ubuntu as i do so i was wondering, when i use apt to get something, like a game for example, it doesn't show up in my applications menu? Do you know how to activate these programs that don't show up in the apps menu? If so, Help?

Thank You

Edit: I folowed this guy's HOW-TO
and at the part where it says Testing if it worked, i get the notification that implys that it did't work. could you help me out? (I know it's kind of an odd question.)

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