Panix, I really think that you should not use ATi stuff and only ever use Nvidia for everything.
This is what you want, this is what you've been convincing everybody to do for months now, and this is what you had decided long time before you had even owned an ATi card.
What the hell is Lubuntu anyway?
Not anymore, with the latest kernel, you get great savings, as both voltage and clock frequency are scaled.the OSS drivers lack good power management.
FGLRX is probably still more efficient, but the oss drivers do not burn your card at full blast anymore. I've measured considerable drops in temperature with a recent kernel.
Dynpm is stable here, but not mature enough due to flicker and other issues.
But profiles are a welcome addition.
After messing around with KMS and this ATI-equipped laptop, I can say I'll be avoiding any kind of ATI card from now on. Only because I might have to get a cheap laptop and settle on whatever is available (would it be with ATI).
I won't be buying any ATI card for my desktop as long as I use Linux with it, that's for sure!
I believe I disabled KMS but dmesg | grep drm seemed to show it was still enabled. Later, I tried another command (Kano's) and now maybe it isn't?
ATI doesn't support Linux, bottom line. A crappy open source driver they don't support when the card gets too old for them to the binary driver that is constantly broken or devoid of features to bugs that seem to be continue to the next release... etc. etc. ATI is in Mikey$oft's bed, period. I guess others get fooled.
Disabling KMS doesn't make drm go away; drm just starts up when X initializes DRI rather than at boot time.
You didn't mention what problem you were trying to solve by disabling KMS - is it in another thread or something ?
means your dx8 shader 1.4 hardware isn't flexible.
be sure no modern driver architecture will ever run in this for galium3d you need OGP2.1 hardware at minimum or better ogl3 hardware.
wine for exampel need opengl2.1 shader functions.. if not its drops you to dx7 level ....
r200 is released in 2001 ... means its 9 year old hardware. ..
and hey read this
wikipedia about r200:
"Some segments of the Linux user community, which prefer to avoid the IP-encumbered ATI drivers due to stability and long term maintainability reasons, still prefer the R200-based chips, as they are among the fastest modern video cards with stable open source 3D drivers."
come one sell this old notebook and get a R300 based one..