[Ubuntu-ZW] Can someone please help me fix problem with ATI Radeon HD 4570 graphics card

Gyron Mkwebo gyron at powerspeed.co.zw
Thu Feb 18 10:35:09 GMT 2010


Trawling the internet for a fix, I found this interesting 'rant':

It is NOT ubuntu’s fault neither Linux fault if the user is buying with
the wrong hardware. Yes, I know, in a perfect world every single
hardware vendor should support linux out-of-the-box. The awful truth is
that is not true.

So what must users do? They go and buy whatever they think is nice and
THEN complain because linux can’t run on it. It will run, you just have
to wait a little, so the community can have the time to reverse engineer
the drivers blah blah

But the main thing is that people should START VOTING WITH THE WALLET

ffs get a live cd and BEFORE you buy the laptop try it. If we start
buying ONLY from vendors that DO support linux then at some point all hw
vendors will respect the linux community as they should.

I, for example, HAVE NOT BOUGHT a single ATI card since 4 years ago. And
I tell the same thing to all the people that ask me about buying
decisions. So ATI is loosing 100 clients (because of me) each year. They
will fix their proper linux support or they will continue to loose
clients (not only because of me but because of the buying decisions of
all the linux community).

SO, VOTE WITH YOUR WALLET . START REACTING! MAKE THE DIFFERENCE and stop
complainig to canonical.

On Thu, 2010-02-18 at 11:51 +0200, Gyron Mkwebo wrote:
> Got the laptop, worked on it 20 minutes and it freezes. All i did was
> open eclipse and firefox, next thing, hard-lockup. Rebooted the cold
> way, machine gets to desktop and while looking for a network using the
> network manager, hard lockup. 
> I real miss my HP nx7400. Had absolutely NO issues with all the versions
> of ubuntu, i have used on it (started with 6.10).
> I'll try a BIOs update and see how it goes.
> 
> On Thu, 2010-02-18 at 08:50 +0200, Donald Hobbs wrote:
> > I fixed your laptop :-)  Its working fine now.
> > Donald Hobbs
> > 
> > PhoenixTech
> > 
> > Cell: +263 912 258159
> > 
> > Team Leader
> > Zimbabwe Ubuntu Loco Team
> > donald at ubuntu.org.zw 
> > 
> > 
> >  Carpé Aptenodytes
> >  
> > "The height of stupidity is most clearly demonstrated by the
> > individual who ridicules something he knows nothing about." Albert
> > Einstein 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > Gyron Mkwebo wrote: 
> > > hie
> > > 
> > > I recently purchased an Asus X61s laptop, with intel duo core (2.1Ghz),
> > > 4Gig RAM, 320G harddrive and an ATI Radeon hd 4570 graphics card with
> > > 512Mb ram. I tried to install my favourite OS, Ubuntu (9.10), everything
> > > going fine, until i booted into my fresh install, anticipating as smooth
> > > a ride as i always get, only to have frequent and random hard-lockups!
> > > The lockups are so bad that i can hardly do anything useful with it. 
> > > I googled (using my other machine of course, this one would freeze the
> > > moment firefox gets going) and found out that ubuntu 9.10 has issues
> > > with the specific card on my machine. I downloaded and installed the
> > > proprietary driver from the ATI website, which seemed to have solved the
> > > problem, only to get hardlockups again! I tried different suggestions
> > > from the web, like booting with the noapic option in grub, but still the
> > > problem persisted. It got worse when i started booting into the black
> > > screen of death, just from the blue!
> > > I did a fresh install of ubuntu and tried to run a full upgrade, hoping
> > > that Ubuntu could have effected a fix for my problem, but then, the
> > > machine freezes in the middle of the update! Is there anyone who has
> > > managed to solve this problem with the radeon graphics card, or is the
> > > problem from some other source other than the card? What can i do to
> > > work around this problem coz i cant get myself to use the Windows vista
> > > the computer came with (i don't like windows at all)?
> > > 
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