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Old 05-23-2008, 02:45 AM   #1
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Question Restricted drivers for ati video cards and fedora 9 + other question.

Hi forum, I own an acer aspire 5100 with a ati radeon xpress 1100.

I was able to install "restriced" drivers and run compiz no problem in ubuntu and mint, but in fedora 9 I go to enable effects and I get a prompt telling me that effects could not be enabled. I suspect that perhaps it's because fedora doesn't allow closed source drivers by default.

So do I have to compile some sort of a package to install ati's driver for my graphics card?

I doing this all through the gnome gui as I don't really know anything about terminal commands. Is there a good resource for learning the tao of the terminal? or do I just have to keep a bunch of readme files open and try not to use gui's till I know commands like I know my infos?
Old 05-23-2008, 02:59 AM   #2
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Search the forum, this has been answered in a few threads/post since Fedora 9 has been released.
Old 05-23-2008, 03:10 AM   #3
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Fedora does not have any proprietary drivers. You'll have to set up the livna repository. Just use google to locate the site, download their repo rpm and use rpm -ivh to install it, then install kmod-fglrx. However, I'm not sure whether this will be of any helpt at this time. F9 ships with a newer version of Xorg that is definitely not supported by nvidia yet and that may not be supported by ATI either (I use nvidia so I haven't looked too deeply into ATI). What it means is that - for now - all you'll be able to use is the open source driver, which does not allow running compiz. For the full Fedora experiene, it may be better to stick with Fedora 8 until this issue is solved.

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Old 05-23-2008, 09:38 AM   #4
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Current ATi Driver (As in released this week) does not support the version of X.Org shipped with Fedora 9. So, as stated above, in order to unlock the full awesomeness of your desktop, you'll need to use Fedora 8. The issue being that Fedora 9 has a lot of bleeding edge software included, and the driver vendors have yet to catch up.
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thanks for the help


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