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Old 10-15-2005, 04:02 PM   #1
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ATI 200M on AMD64 machine runs slow...


Hello, I have just installed Ubuntu 5.10 on my laptop running an AMD Athlon 64 and a Radeon XPress 200M. Everything is running fine except for the fact that the graphics are kinda sad. Scrolling on websites is laggy and jumpy. Anyone have any ideas on how to fix this? Keep in mind I'm new to Linux and I might need a walkthrough.
 
Old 10-15-2005, 10:59 PM   #2
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Install xorg-driver-fglrx under Breezy

Code:
$ sudo apt-get install xorg-driver-fglrx
$ sudo cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.bak 
$ sudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf
Scroll down until you see this section:
(it will have your video card instead of mine if it was detected)

Code:
Section "Device"
	Identifier	"ATI Technologies, Inc. Radeon 9800 Pro (R350 NH)"
	Driver		"ati"
	BusID		"PCI:1:0:0"
Change the:

Code:
Driver		"ati"
to

Code:
Driver		"fglrx"
Save and exit.

Log out to restart X. If everthing went ok, you should be back in X, and able to log back in to gnome.

Code:
$ fglrxinfo
this should show:
Code:
display: :0.0  screen: 0
OpenGL vendor string: ATI Technologies Inc.
OpenGL renderer string: RADEON 9800 Pro Generic
OpenGL version string: 1.3.5272 (X4.3.0-8.16.20)
but with your graphics card. If it says Mesa, then direct rendering is not enabled and you are not using the fglrx module.


****If by chance everything was not ok and you are booted to a command line, log in there as usual, then do:

Code:
$ sudo cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf.bak  /etc/X11/xorg.conf
to restore xorg.conf.

Code:
$ startx
And hope everything is still working so you can try to troubleshoot.

*****Just as a disclaimer i only do this on a brand new, clean desktop install, and it works every time. Also I am not familiar with laptops so i can't say if you need anything special.

Good Luck.

TT

Last edited by ToastedToad; 10-15-2005 at 11:04 PM.
 
Old 10-16-2005, 12:48 AM   #3
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Re: Install xorg-driver-fglrx under Breezy

Quote:
Originally posted by ToastedToad
Code:
$ sudo apt-get install xorg-driver-fglrx
$ sudo cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.bak 
$ sudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf
Scroll down until you see this section:
(it will have your video card instead of mine if it was detected)

Code:
Section "Device"
	Identifier	"ATI Technologies, Inc. Radeon 9800 Pro (R350 NH)"
	Driver		"ati"
	BusID		"PCI:1:0:0"
Change the:

Code:
Driver		"ati"
to

Code:
Driver		"fglrx"
Save and exit.

Log out to restart X. If everthing went ok, you should be back in X, and able to log back in to gnome.

Code:
$ fglrxinfo
this should show:
Code:
display: :0.0  screen: 0
OpenGL vendor string: ATI Technologies Inc.
OpenGL renderer string: RADEON 9800 Pro Generic
OpenGL version string: 1.3.5272 (X4.3.0-8.16.20)
but with your graphics card. If it says Mesa, then direct rendering is not enabled and you are not using the fglrx module.


****If by chance everything was not ok and you are booted to a command line, log in there as usual, then do:

Code:
$ sudo cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf.bak  /etc/X11/xorg.conf
to restore xorg.conf.

Code:
$ startx
And hope everything is still working so you can try to troubleshoot.

*****Just as a disclaimer i only do this on a brand new, clean desktop install, and it works every time. Also I am not familiar with laptops so i can't say if you need anything special.

Good Luck.

TT
No luck.. Getting Mesa. I've seen nothing but people using fglrx for 200Ms though looking throughout Google though.
 
Old 10-16-2005, 08:59 AM   #4
CHambeRFienD
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Okay, I did a reinstall of Ubuntu because I tried running Kubuntu on my last install. That was all kinds of terror. Anyways, I re-installed Ubuntu, tried what was said above on a fresh install, and I ended up not being able to load X. I used the backup to go back to normal and now I'm again stuck with bad, unsmooth graphics.
 
Old 10-17-2005, 03:27 PM   #5
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It seems that "fglrx" and direct rendering are broken for amd64 right now. I just did a clean install of Breezy 64 and couldn't get it to work either.

Let us know if you have any luck.
 
  


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