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    Default Catalyst 8-4 and Ubuntu 8.04

    Hello, I ask your help because I don't know what is the technic to install ATI Catalyst Linux Driver on Ubuntu 8.04.

    Tank you,
    Pier Luc

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    You can try envy. It's a script that dl's and installs the newest drivers from nvidia or ati. I have used it for nvidia on 7.10 and it was really quick and easy.

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    - Download driver

    - Open a terminal and do the following:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install build-essential fakeroot dh-make debhelper debconf libstdc++5 dkms linux-headers-$(uname -r)
    
    cd ~/<location where you saved the driver to>
    
    sudo sh ati-driver-installer-8-4-x86.x86_64.run
    
    # let the installer run
    
    cd
    
    sudo aticonfig --initial
    - Reboot
    Last edited by Melcar; 04-27-2008 at 03:12 AM.

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    Code:
    sudo apt-get install build-essential fakeroot dh-make debhelper debconf libstdc++5 dkms linux-headers-$(uname -r)
    What is the utility of this command?

    Finally, I have try to install the driver with the prprietary driver toll of Ubuntu 8.04 and it work. But, I don't know if they will update the depot when ATI will give the version 8-5 of Catalyst so it's important for me to understand the install procedure.

    Now, the driver number, I think it's 8-3, work and this is my xorg.conf.

    Code:
    # xorg.conf (X.Org X Window System server configuration file)
    #
    # This file was generated by dexconf, the Debian X Configuration tool, using
    # values from the debconf database.
    #
    # Edit this file with caution, and see the xorg.conf manual page.
    # (Type "man xorg.conf" at the shell prompt.)
    #
    # This file is automatically updated on xserver-xorg package upgrades *only*
    # if it has not been modified since the last upgrade of the xserver-xorg
    # package.
    #
    # If you have edited this file but would like it to be automatically updated
    # again, run the following command:
    #   sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg
    
    Section "InputDevice"
    	Identifier	"Generic Keyboard"
    	Driver		"kbd"
    	Option		"XkbRules"	"xorg"
    	Option		"XkbModel"	"pc105"
    	Option		"XkbLayout"	"ca"
    EndSection
    
    Section "InputDevice"
    	Identifier	"Configured Mouse"
    	Driver		"mouse"
    	Option		"CorePointer"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Device"
    	Identifier	"Configured Video Device"
    	Driver		"fglrx"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Monitor"
    	Identifier	"Configured Monitor"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Screen"
    	Identifier	"Default Screen"
    	Monitor		"Configured Monitor"
    	Device		"Configured Video Device"
    	Defaultdepth	24
    EndSection
    
    Section "ServerLayout"
    	Identifier	"Default Layout"
      screen "Default Screen"
    EndSection
    Section "Module"
    	Load		"glx"
    EndSection

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    If you're going to simply run the installer you most likely just need dkms and ia32-libs (if you're running 64bit). The other dependencies are for package generation, which doesn't hurt to have on your system anyways.
    fglrx hardly gets updated in the Ubuntu repositories. It will probably remain at 8.4 until the new Ubuntu comes out, unless the developers decide otherwise.

    Edit: One thing I have noticed in Hardy in relation to the drivers. In Gutsy, the Xv extension is loaded automatically (for the most part), unless you specify otherwise in xorg.conf. In Hardy it does not for some reason; you have to manually specify it in your xorg.conf, either VideoOverlay or TexturedVideo. I don't think it's a kernel issue, since this behavior was not present when I was using the 2.6.24 kernel in Gutsy. So after you do the aticonfig --initial part, you have to input an additional command:

    Code:
    sudo aticonfig overlay-type=Xv
    However, if you have a R500 card or newer (x1xxx or latter) you may want to use TexturedVideo instead. For that, open xorg.conf and add this option to the device section:

    Code:
    Option   "TexturedVideo"  "on"
    Last edited by Melcar; 04-28-2008 at 06:10 PM.

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    Question about xorg.conf:

    On sectection "screen", what is the utility of "Defaultdepth 24" ?

    And at the end of the file what is the utility
    "
    Code:
    Module"
    	Load		"glx"
    ??

    Code:
    In Gutsy, the Xv extension is loaded automatically (for the most part), unless you specify otherwise in xorg.conf. In Hardy it does not for some reason; you have to manually specify it in your xorg.conf, either VideoOverlay or TexturedVideo.
    It's a bug?

    Code:
    Option   "TexturedVideo"  "on"
    It's not automatic on aticonfig?

    Question: Is aticonfig have his owne config file?

    Is the command:
    Code:
    sudo aticonfig --initial
    Will set the xorg.conf file like the ubuntu proprietary driver installer or it will ad a lot of informations?

    Does Catalyst support RandR, does aticonfig command will set my RandR.

    Sorry for my english, I'me a Canadien of the Québec. (French speaker)

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    Can I deleta information like?:

    Code:
    Section "Monitor"
    	Identifier	"Configured Monitor"
    EndSection
    What is the more simple xorg.conf thai I can have?

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    I *think* the issue is that Hardy came out at a point of rapid change in the X framework. The X server version seems to be an awkward one which works OK with the drivers that shipped with Hardy but doesn't work well with many older or newer drivers.

    Take all this with a grain of salt, it's just the impression I have picked up over the last couple of days.

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    Yep, I believe the drivers that shipped with Hardy work OK, it's just that people seem to run into trouble with other drivers.

    AGP is a separate issue, of course.

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    I have install the driver fglrx of ubuntu and it had work during 3 days and now I can not have a resolution bigger than 640/480!

    Note:
    The ubuntu french forum is http://ubuntu-fr.org

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