Drivers for ATI and Nvidia expressPCI

arcorreia kubadmin at
Tue Jul 3 16:44:10 BST 2007

I had tried everything to make my ATI work conveniently without any chance 
until I've folowed the instructions at:

and it works fine. 3D acceleration, etc.

Just follow the instructions at the site. I had a problem at the beggining but 
the FAQ or HOWTO on the site helped me solve it.

This was addressed in a previous issue of the list. I saved the original 
message as text and I'm going to paste it below:

To: Kubuntu Help and User Discussions
Subject: Re: ATI driver: which is the right procedure?

On Tuesday 05 June 2007 10:11:35 am Terence Simpson wrote:
> Mario Gianni (mgianni) wrote:
> > Hi
> >
> > I have installed Kubuntu on my Thinkpad T60. I was trying to install
> > the ATI drivers but I have found so many procedure on the web that I
> > am a bit confused.
> >
> > So far I understood that I can install it from the repository (as
> > restricted driver) or download from and do the installation
> > manually. All these links show the setup procedure. They are pretty
> > similar but not completely the same:
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > -kub
> > untu-feisty-fawn-704/
> >
> > On the ATI web site there is this one which looks pretty easy. Just
> > need to run the package:
> >
> >
> > nux_
> > 8.37.6-inst.html
> >
> > Can you please help me? Which one is the right procedure? Do you
> > have a link for the right one?
> >
> > I'll use KDE with Kubuntu. Not sure whether there are two procedure
> > for GNOME or KDE.
> >
> > Thanks
> > Mario
> Try these official instructions from ubuntu:
> <
> bce34

The first one listed  above:

This one I just updated a week ago when the new driver came out.
Follow method 2 on this website to the letter and you will be just fine, works
with both KDE and GNOME.
If you have problems running the commands "sudo aticonfig --initial" and
the "sudo aticonfig --overlay-type=3DXv" in the Configure the Driver section 
let me know
not a problem with the WIKI procedure, but the driver package itself.  In that 
event I will post the /etc/xorg.conf file on this email list that these 
commands automatically set up for you.

The big thing to remember is that anytime a new Linux kernel is updated
on your machine you must--read must--reinstall the ATI driver, otherwise
the computer will run the open source driver at greatly reduced
When you download the package save it somewhere safe so that you can
reload it as necessary.

I have done this many times, and while it seems intimidating at first,
you will do this procedure blindfolded after a while.  ATI releases a
new driver about every month that I load manually.


Keep in mind what Larry says and also notice that from the moment you install 
the new driver you must use the ATI Catalyst Control Center to change config 
issues of your ATI board and not, I repeat NOT, the normal control center.
It makes some time I'm using the ATI driver without any problem and all those 
3D apps that refused to work either with the open source driver or the 
proprietary driver in the repos now work fine including Google Earth and all 
3D games.

Best regards,

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