Breezy, 2.6.12 kernel, and ATI 200M?
christian.convey at gmail.com
Sun Oct 9 18:12:11 UTC 2005
Thanks for the info. This is painful - I can get a nice, cheap laptop
with this chip, but it sounds like I have to pin my hopes on ATI's
future software engineering efforts :(
I'm thinking maybe I should suck it up and get something with an Intel
990 chip. From what I understand, 3D performance on the 990 is poor,
but the driver is decent.
Boy to I miss laptops with nVidia chips. Too bad I've sworn off
Toshiba laptops - they seem to be the only mainstream manufacturer
whose non-high-end laptops use nVidia chips :(
Anyway, thanks for the help.
On 10/9/05, Andy Choens <gunksta at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 10/9/05, Christian Convey <christian.convey at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Hi guys,
> > I'm considering buying a notebook with an ATI 200M graphics chip. I
> > want to run 32-bit Breezy on it, which currently has a kernel version
> > of 2.6.12-9-xxx.
> > Should I expect X to do OK on this notebook? I have several reasons
> > to be concerned:
> Define OK. You will have to hack your xorg.conf file by hand to get it to
> boot at all. With the ATI driver you need to etra line
> Option "NoAccel"
> The ATI drivers "work". They certainly work better than the ATI driver
> which has (in my experience) terrible support for this chip. I'm running
> 64-bi Breezy and I had to turn off the RAM on the graphics card to make it
> boot using ATI's drivers due to a well documented bug with ATI's driver.
> Hopefully they will get it right next time. So, right now my 200M with
> 128MB of onboard ram is using 32 mb of my system memory so I can use it.
> But 3D "works" now..albeit slowly.
> This probably ain't what you wanted to hear. But, Linux support of new
> hardware always improves. So, I'm thinking that support in Drake will be
> fantastic for this hardware.
> > (A) ATI's web page for their proprietary driver only mentions support
> > through 2.6.11 kernels:
> > (B) I've seen some postings on this newsgroup of people having
> > problems with this chip, but I don't know if these people are the
> > exception or the rule.
> > Also, if I do buy the notebook, am I better off using the
> > 'linux-restricted-modules' package, or the driver available from ATI's
> > website?
> > Thanks,
> > Christian
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