The ATI drivers situation is complicated, but it shouldn't be as bad as
There is full 2D/3D support for R100 to R500-based ATI (AMD) cards in
the open-source driver xf86-video-ati (also known as the 'radeon'
driver). xf86-video-radeonhd is the other open-source driver, with some
differing features. But by-and-large their support is the same.
See this page for details: http://www.x.org/wiki/radeon
If you're using R600 or R700 AMD cards, then the the binary Catalyst
driver from AMD has better support, but they've trimmed-out anything
prior to this because the support is present in the open-source driver.
In short: if you're using a card that's unsupported by AMD's Catalyst
driver for Linux, then simply don't use it, as there's the open-source
driver should (and does) 'just work'. :)
If it's not working, there's some other problem.
Well, I've got Ubuntu 9.04 installed on a couple of machines and I was
very impressed with the wireless etc, but I've just come across a little
It appears that my laptop is using an ATI based graphics card, and it
appears that for some reason Ubuntu and ATI only seem to want to work
(fully) with brand new cards.
I've got a perfectly working display on the laptop, but hmm, would be nice
to have the system working in harmony with the graphics card (3d etc).
The other machine is running an nVidia card and works super.
Has anyone else fell foul of this issue, if so have you managed to work
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