ATI driver: which is the right procedure?
Mario Gianni (mgianni)
mgianni at cisco.com
Wed Jun 6 22:37:30 UTC 2007
First of all really thanks for the help here. Really appreciated. Your answers are really well done. :-)
Just 4 last things:
1) Do I need to make these changes after the steps described at http://wiki.cchtml.com or before them? Because on the procedure page it says to add the Composite and AIGLX sections before to run the commands.
2) Do these changes replace both aticonfig commands ("sudo aticonfig --initial" and "sudo aticonfig --overlay-type=Xv") or only the --initial one? On the guide it says:
>>An alternative to the aticonfig --initial command is to edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf..... Afterwards you can use aticonfig for setting overlay etc.
3) When you say that everytime you update the kernel you must reinstall the driver it means to run all the procedure or just the "Compile the kernel module" section? I mean running these commands:
sudo module-assistant prepare
sudo module-assistant update
sudo module-assistant build fglrx
sudo module-assistant install fglrx
sudo depmod -a
Because it reports: IMPORTANT: You have to recompile the kernel module after each kernel update!
4) Finally, last but not least, when I want to update the drivers with the new one I believe I need to run the full procedure (since I need to unpack the latest driver). But the question is: do I need to remove the old one or just install on top? Without change again the xorg.conf file? And clearly without run the aticonfig commands?
Sorry for these other questions. I think I have addressed all my doubts. :-)
From: kubuntu-users-bounces at lists.ubuntu.com [mailto:kubuntu-users-bounces at lists.ubuntu.com] On Behalf Of Larry Hartman
Sent: mercoledì 6 giugno 2007 12.15
To: Kubuntu Help and User Discussions
Subject: Re: ATI driver: which is the right procedure?
On Tuesday 05 June 2007 06:47:05 pm Mario Gianni (mgianni) wrote:
> Actually this is the procedure I tried to use. Method 2. It's
> referenced on the ATI web site so was thinking must be ok. I think I
> had exactly some issues with the aticonfig commands. I have seen
> around some procedure where people say to add lines to the xorg.conf
> file (like disable Composite or AIGLX). If you can pass the right
> changes would be great. For example my xorg file has "vesa" as driver
> and on some procedure they say to change with fglrx. Shouldn't be done
> automatically by the procedure (like the aticonfig commands)?
First, print these instructions so you have a hardcopy.
Open a terminal:
first backup your file:
sudo cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg-backup.conf
Now edit the file:
sudo kate /etc/X11/xorg.conf
You will be presented a flat file that contains the settings for the X-server to run. It can not be edited without root permissions--hence sudo. Look over the file you will find three sections "Device" "Screen and "Monitor."
When you find each section follow the instructions below.
In this section make sure that driver says "fglrx" the rest should reflect your hardware
identifier "ATI Technologies Inc ATI Radeon XPRESS 200M 5955 (PCIE) 0"
In this section ensure that the "Device" line matches the "Identifier" line in the Device section (section shown above). Note your resolution settings may differ.
Identifier "Default Screen"
Device "ATI Technologies Inc ATI Radeon XPRESS 200M 5955 (PCIE) 0"
Monitor "Laptop Monitor"
virtual 2800 900
modes "1440x900 at 60"
In this section ensure that the "Identifier" line matches the "Monitor" line in Screen section (shown above). Note your modeline and gamma may differ.
identifier "Laptop Monitor"
vendorname "Plug 'n' Play"
modelname "Plug 'n' Play"
modeline "1440x900 at 60" 25.2 640 656 752 800 480 490 492 525 -vsync -hsync
Now add the following three sections:
option "Composite" "Disable"
option "AIGLX" "off"
Remove any sections that read:
option "Composite" "Enable"
When you are done save the file. Also, when you have the flgrx driver
working, copy this file to the same directory you saved the downloaded ATI package to in case you need it later.
Restart you computer. After logging in bring up terminal window. Type:
Your output should look like this--then you are successful:
display: :0.0 screen: 0
OpenGL vendor string: ATI Technologies Inc.
OpenGL renderer string: ATI Radeon Xpress Series OpenGL version string: 2.0.6473 (8.37.6)
If it says "mesa" or "vesa" it did not work.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST:
You need to have an exit strategy written down in case X-server fails to start when booting the computer:
After logging in at the command prompt type:
sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg
This resets the /etc/X11/xorg.conf back to the open source driver.
sudo shutdown -r now
This reboots the machine.
> I would then install Beryl. How can I check whether 3D is running fine
> then? Issuing fglrxinfo just provide info on the driver. Is there a 3d
> -----Original Message-----
> From: kubuntu-users-bounces at lists.ubuntu.com
> [mailto:kubuntu-users-bounces at lists.ubuntu.com] On Behalf Of Larry
> Sent: mercoledì 6 giugno 2007 0.06
> 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 ati.com and do the
> > > installation manually. All these links show the setup procedure.
> > > They are pretty similar but not completely the same:
> > >
> > > http://wiki.cchtml.com/index.php/Ubuntu_Feisty_Installation_Guide
> > > http://divilinux.wordpress.com/tag/hardware/ati/
> > > http://divilinux.wordpress.com/2007/03/29/installazione-driver-fgl
> > > rx
> > > -kub
> > > untu-feisty-fawn-704/
> > >
> > > On the ATI web site there is this one which looks pretty easy.
> > > Just need to run the package:
> > >
> > > https://a248.e.akamai.net/f/674/9206/0/www2.ati.com/drivers/linux/
> > > li
> > > 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:
> > <https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BinaryDriverHowto/ATI#head-d8c6fd
> > 05
> > 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=Xv" 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 performance.
> 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.
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