Find and set video driver

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Find and set video driver

#1 Postby slopoke » Wed Dec 14, 2011 1:40 pm

Copied from initial wrong forum, sorry for that.

Just did my first antiX install with xfce desktop. The video chip on this laptop is a "ATI MOBILITY RADEON 9600 graphics controller with 32 or 64 MB of Video RAM". This is from the spec sheet. By the descriptions in Synaptic the driver should be: xserver-xorg-video-radeon (which is installed, along with several other xservers). During boot there is a reference to: radeon/R300_cp.bin. My personal desktop comp has a nice GUI setup for my Nvidia card. Haven't found a similar thing for xfce. Is there a pkg I need to install? Or edit xorg.conf? But what entries?

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Re: Find and set video driver

#2 Postby lucky9 » Thu Dec 15, 2011 12:10 am

If you're using the radeon driver (the open source driver), then the only other more capable driver is the ATI proprietary one. It's usually installed with sgfxi. See here: http://www.mepis.org/docs/en/index.php?title=Sgfxi

You may already have it in the version of antiX that you are using. The HowTo in the wiki is pretty good.
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Re: Find and set video driver

#3 Postby slopoke » Mon Dec 26, 2011 12:41 pm

I finally got it installed. Sgxfi was a large part of the process, but other pkg installs and upgrades figured in. I now have the latest propriatary ATI driver, which sgxfi says is not supposed to be suported. I can't even trace and report what I did. A couple of times I just did something I was warned not to do, and it worked. So, thanks for the tips.


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