Dienstag, 28. April 2009

ATI Radeon 4670 with Ubuntu 9.04 - minor issues

After installing Ubuntu 9.04 there is always the exciting and annoying element called 'proprietary videocard driver'. While the process with NVidia-drivers under Linux became a piece of cake, the installation process with AMD/ATI-drivers, while equally 'easy' as a process, turns very mixed results.

the aticonfig --buildpkg is not the problem. The proper xorg.conf-settings can be, very much so for new Linux-Users, who are not interested in the history of X11, XFree, XOrg etc, as an alternative to the seven tomes of Marcel Proust's "A la recherche du temps perdu" which is accurately translated "In Search of Lost Time"

So while I had some hard-lockups when using the 3D-acceleration, when I turned off the fancy Desktops-Effects, everything became fine. I have to see if it has to do something with the overlay-mechanism, since I catch this hardware-cold only under certain circumstances (i.e. switching video into fullscreen).

But instead of looking to find the bug, I thought, I would rather write about it. After all. If you don't care about fancy wobbly windows and rotating cubes, you are fine. The question is, why would you want a Radeon 4670 at all?

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