ATI Radeon 7000

Phil Dobbin bukowskiscat at
Wed Dec 5 20:53:31 UTC 2012

On 12/05/2012 08:31 PM, Felix Miata wrote:

> On 2012-12-05 19:47 (GMT) Phil Dobbin composed:
>> I'm contemplating installing 64 bit Ubuntu on a Poweredge 1850.
>> I booted from the 12.04 Live CD & it ran pretty well. The only odd thing
>> was that alt-ctrl-arrow-keys did not function for the workspace switcher
>> which is a pretty major fault.
>> I moved on to the 12.10 Live CD & Compiz had serious issues: apps
>> wouldn't launch, Compiz repeatedly crashed & it was basically unusable.
>> Upon subsequently Googling the problem, I saw that the Radeon drivers
>> for 12.10 weren't available as yet but there was a kind of muddled
>> consensus that 12.04 was OK.
>> Whilst I realise that the 1850 is a server, I need a GUI for certain
>> parts of this particular project so does anybody have any experience of
>> running a Radeon 7000 card on the stock Unity release of 12.04 or is
>> using a spin like LXDE or similar my best option?
> According to the thread ending with
> it's my
> suspicion that the problem isn't Radeon generally but specifically to
> the 7000, which IIRC is mostly a tweaked R128, used in combination with
> that generation of Xorg. If that 7000 is in an AGP or PCI slot, can't
> you put something newer in it? I have no problems with an only slightly
> newer 7500 that last I checked was plentiful for cheap on eBay. The 7500
> was a popular option in Dell models sold to businesses.
> Why not try a Live Debian, Fedora and/or openSUSE of similar age to
> 12.10 and 12.04 to see if the problems are missing?

OK. It's running CentOS 6.3 perfectly well at the moment, so I'll boot
from a x86_64 Fedora 17 Live CD & see how it gets on.

Thanks for the info about the 7500, I'll check on eBay.



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