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 Post subject: Trying Ubuntu.....for the second time.
PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2008 11:20 am 
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Tried to figure this out by myself because I know it's probably an easy fix
but after hours of investigation and trials I still can't get it to work properly.
Anyways, I just installed Ubuntu 8.1 on an old machine I want to try to
make some use of and got it installed fine but the only video res. options I get is 640 and 800 x 600. Thought no problem I'll just update drivers.
Downloaded linux drivers from ati (Radeon AIW 9600) and tried installing
them. Tried a variety of methods I found but couldn't get them to work
correctly. Either I couldn't get the Terminal to find the file or, in most
cases, got the file to install but when the machine restarted (as prompted to enable the new driver) I would get a blank screen and have to go
through a recovery to get the OS to boot correctly. Thanks for any advice you can give me because I really want to start learning more about linux.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2008 2:53 pm 
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You probably shot yourself in the foot by installing the restricted drivers as the open source ones should work fine with a 9600.

I'd recommend removing those and changing xorg to use radeon.

As far as your initial problem, I'd suspect that for whatever reason the card was detected as VESA (in which case you're still looking at changing to the radeon module)


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2008 3:51 pm 
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how would I do that?


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I wouldn't recommend using the Ubuntu 8.10 version. Or any 6 month release version for that matter. I've tested it on 2 system and something is up with the driver support. Using the 8.04.1 version, version 8.04.2 coming out in January 2009, I believe, all the drivers work. You're not on the latest kernel (version 2.6.24-x is stable though) and not the latest drivers or software, but everything is so stable and supported for 3 years on the desktop and 5 years on the server, if I remember correctly. You can always enable backports in the package manager and get some updated programs like Pidgin, and such. Sometimes you must use the newest release if you have a laptop with some wireless that is only supported by the most up to date kernel (2.6.27 or .28 soon) but I avoid it if possible. So try the LTS version for now and then see if everything works for you. Then you won't have to worry about upgrading until the next LTS version.


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