[ubuntu-uk] ATI X700 status "not in use".

Stuart Bird e_tective at yahoo.co.uk
Thu Jan 24 15:05:59 GMT 2008


Just a couple of thoughts that may help you out.

I would seriously consider trying the 32 bit installation. It will work well with the 64 bit chip but you won't (or shouldn't ) experience as many driver issues. Bear in mind that 64 bit support, even in the MS world is still on the ropey side so even the major manufacturers (such as ATI and NVIDIA) are still very much playing catch up on the linux side. It may be worth a go before you spend your hard earned on a new card.

In the main I have had more success with NVIDIA cards under linux than I have ATI, however my Dell laptop has an Radeon 9800m in it and that works great with the commercial drivers installed on Ubnuntu 7.10. A couple of mouse clicks and I was away. That having been said, if I were looking to for a replacement card I would probably go for NVIDIA as it's my perception that the linux support is better.

For the price of a DVD and some bandwidth I would try the 32 bit route first although someone on here may be able different.

Hope that helps a bit.


----- Original Message ----
From: EricM <eric1.meijer at prorail.nl>
To: ubuntu-uk at lists.ubuntu.com
Sent: Thursday, 24 January, 2008 12:18:52 PM
Subject: [ubuntu-uk]  ATI X700 status "not in use".

I'm new to Ubuntu and at the moment I'm dealing with major problems due
 to an
ATI X700 series Graphics card.

At first I encountered problems with the default installation CD. (AMD
screen went black after starting CD. Finally I managed the install with
"alternate install cd". (AMD 64)
However default booting the Linux system resulted in black screen.
So, booted in recovery mode (which is runlevel 1)
After manually adding Driver "vesa" in the section "Device" of the
file I managed to run the graphics mode after entering: sudo

Still in this stage the default bootup resulted in a black screen.
With the restricted drivers manager I installed the graphics driver for
ATI. The installation itself went fine: "Succesfully applied all

Default bootup was still not succesfull.
From recovery mode booting and starting graphics mode, the restricted
drivers manager showed for this driver a status "not in use".

Opened a terminal in graphics mode and proceeded method 1 according to
Manually checked / added the final changes in the xorg.conf file to
correct settings.

Default booting resulted in switching my screen to sleepmode.
Recovery booting followed by graphics mode resulted in a dark grey
the fglrxinfo showed an Error: unable to open display :0 (f.y.i:
this from the commandprompt in textmode)

As I switch Runlevel with "telinit <Run Level Number>" using runlevel 3
noticed some text scrolling over my screen (to quick to read), and
ending up with a dark grey graphics screen again. Now Runlevel 3 in
seems the same as runlevel 5 (graphics mode multiuser), so this problem
sense to me.

Unless anybody has some other suggestion worth trying, I'm planning to
me an MSI NVidia 7300GT or an MSI NVidia 7300LE hoping one of these
properly work....

However, in present state suggestions are more than welcome!

Thanks in advance.

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