How to install Graphics Driver (ATI)?

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How to install Graphics Driver (ATI)?

Postby grasshopper » Fri Aug 08, 2008 1:25 pm

OK, I just want to share what I did in hopes it will help. I followed the user guide and got a screen resolution of 1024 X 768 with a refresh rate of 75. Immediately after reboot, I did this in a terminal as root ...

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 aticonfig --initial --force

and then rebooted again. I'm sure logging out of X would be enough but old habits die hard.

On reboot I was at 1440 x 900 and a refresh rate of 60, exactly what I was suppose to have.

On my test install I did just the aticonfig --initial part and it got me 1152 x 854, so I reran it with the force on the end and it worked. On my fresh install I used the above first time.

Hope this helps someone.
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Postby mandog » Fri Aug 08, 2008 2:05 pm

Very useful Info I used to do the same in my ATI days, Ati is much friendlier now and catching up fast, or is it Nvidia losing the plot i'm not quite sure.
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Postby grasshopper » Fri Aug 08, 2008 2:56 pm

From what I read Nvidia drivers sort of stink right now. Ati is in the process of open sourcing their drivers. They say that in 6 months a lot of cards will be able to use the open source radeonhd drivers and still have 3D. My card, an X1300, is on the list of cards that work.
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Postby cmost » Fri Aug 08, 2008 5:58 pm

I've been using Nvidia cards with the proprietary Nvidia drivers for years without issue. Of course, I always compile my own binary blobs instead of using the precompiled ones on offer in most distro repositories. For a brief period of time where I was stuck using the 9755 driver because anything newer caused system freezes, I've been quite happy with Nvidia's drivers. Use them without fear!
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Postby xet7 » Tue Aug 12, 2008 12:52 pm

Thanks! :) I have added link to this forum thread to ATI wiki page: ... g=AtiHowto
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