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Old 12-31-2006, 07:28 AM   #1
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Will my graphics card work in ubuntu?

I haven't run the ubuntu livecd yet, but I wanted to know if my ATI Rage 128 Pro would work with ubuntu automatically.

If not, will I be able to get a driver through EasyUbuntu or Automatix?

The reason I ask is because the driver for the card isn't on the ATI website.
Old 12-31-2006, 08:05 AM   #2
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get the live cd and stick it in and see if it runns
Old 12-31-2006, 01:39 PM   #3
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I'm currently running Xubuntu 6.10 with an ATI Rage XL. It does work, but I haven't tried other drivers - just using the stock set up. Even if you aren't able to get all the performance out of your card, you should see something on the screen.
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I have an ATI Rage 128 ULTRA AGP that I am attempting to use on Ubuntu Daffy Duck (they got their name for it - I got mine) 6.06. Ubuntu thus far refuses to see the card, and keeps giving me a "screen not found" error message.
Finally did ths sudo-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg, entered ati for the choiceof card, and hit it again - same thing.
Frankly, I have had nothing but grief from Ubuntu since I started fooling with it (about a month). Been a Linux user (solely) for about 3 years, and have gottem many things to work in several different distrs, and never had thismuch grief from any of them. So far, I don't think Redmond is in any dire danger from any Ubuntu release.
lspci is on the disk in /usr/bin/lspci, but it doesn't work, so I cannot really tell what the thing is calling the video card, and don't have a firm bus ID. The ati rage 128 drivers are there, but there is no specific listing for the ULTRA AGP version without adding names that aren't on my card, and so far, none of those work either - always the same deal - no screen. finally decided to just do a reinstall (frustrated with trying to fix it) and now it doesn't see either of two Ethernet cardes, one NC100 and one Linksys -
Anyone want to take a shot at telling me what is wrong with this thing?
Or make me smart enough to find the hardware info another way?
Mobo MSI-6382
CPU AMD Duron @ 1.6 Ghz
256 Mbs RAM
Samsung 152v LCD monitor
(I know, it is all old stuff)
Old 01-12-2007, 04:10 PM   #5
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RE: Rage 128 ULTRA problem on Ubuntu -
1) after attempting to reinstall ubuntu and kubuntu on the above machine, and having lspci refuse to work on both (it tried on kubuntu), and having both fail to find a screen that would work lisps ATI RAGE card ( tried another of those, too - plain old ATI Rage 128), and seeing three different NICs as 'firewire devices' (I don't use firewire and don't own any firewire devices - never have had any), I was beginning to believe that the problem was with my mobo -
So - I did it again with SuSE 10.0 - got that on several drives and really didn't need another one - but -
TADA!!!! it sees both ATI video cards (PCI and AGP), makes screens with both, and doesn't;t call any of the 3 NICs a firewire device. Connects to the net. Haven't cone the long update process, but it satisfied me that my initial opinion of Ubuntu in all its flavors was correct - no serious threat to Windoze, despite the stated aim to put Redmond out of business. I am just not very impressed with Ubuntu. I am impressed with the concept and the project, just not with the tangible results. Sorry, guys - but that is why there are so many flavors of Linux.
I have done Caldera, Red Hat 5, 6, 7, and 8; FC 1, 2, 3, and 4 - skipped 5 and don't have a lot of use for 6; SuSE 9.3, 10.0, and 10.1 OpenSource, and while I have had my share of problems amongst those doing various things, Ubuntu is the worst experience to date. That stated just to assure that I am not a Windoze junkie who threw up his hands at the first sign of a problem ~
And, i still have no clue why Ubuntu/Kubuntu can't see the video cards and thinks that NC100, Linksys LNE100TX, and RealTek 8139 are firewire devices???
Or why lspci, while present on both distros, doesn't work on either of them???
and, lets just not talk about streaming on ubuntu -
Old 01-12-2007, 06:40 PM   #6
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Ubuntu Device Drivers

Obviously, the Ubuntu team has not yet developed drivers for all the different types of hardware in use, albeit it installed perfectly on my Gateway, and I love the performance.
Has anyone thought to send a hardware profile of their system to the Ubuntu Device Database so they CAN build drivers?

If you don't know how, open the "System/Administration" menu, and click "Device Manager". When Device Manager opens, click "Ubuntu Device Database" at the bottom of the right pane. It will test all the components of your system and ask if they worked properly. You can also add comments. The info will then be sent to the Ubuntu team.
Old 01-12-2007, 08:05 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by alaskazimm
I'm currently running Xubuntu 6.10 with an ATI Rage XL. It does work, but I haven't tried other drivers - just using the stock set up. Even if you aren't able to get all the performance out of your card, you should see something on the screen.
Thats what I do, no probs at all with my ATI 9550 256mb ATI card... I've never installed ATI drives, and it always works at my preferred resolution, etc. Now watch Feisty come along and screw everything up for

Old 01-15-2007, 03:31 PM   #8
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maybe I wasn't clear enough - after I decided to scrap what i was working with and start over, I never managed to get ubuntu reinstalled. It was at that point that is started calling the NIC's 'firewire devices' -
I never got it to run again after that.
As stated, i think the concept is a beautiful thing, and I think that having the open source community come together like that is also a beautiful thing....
as Windoze doesn't do everything for everybody (wouldn't have all of us using Linux if it did), i don't think ubuntu in any of its derivations is for everybody, and I am one of those itis not for.
Kudos to all of you that hve it running and are pleased with it.
I am one of the ones that is finished with it.
Old 01-17-2007, 11:03 AM   #9
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I have Kubuntu Dapper running on four different computers (various brands) that I own, and have installed it for testing on several machines at work. All of these with the exception of my laptop are older machines with < 1024M ram. Several have had ATI graphics of different types. Graphics worked "out of the box" on all of them (albeit without 3D acceleration). One thing I have found, is the Live/Install CD has NEVER worked for me on any of them. I had to use the Alternate install CD. You might try using the alternate install CD if you are really interested in trying Ubuntu/Kubuntu.



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