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    How are people finding ATI's proprietary drivers for Dell Studio GPUs these days?

    Hi everyone,

    I have a Dell Studio 17 (specifically the 1747), with an ATI Radeon HD 4650. Right now I'm using the open-source drivers, but I've noticed that the fan runs way more than it does on Windows 7, my laptop gets quite a lot hotter, and the battery life is about a third shorter, and I was thinking that the proprietary drivers might help with some of these things (and maybe let me access some temperature sensors? I can't get a single one).

    In researching this all, I found people having a lot of difficulty with the fglrx drivers and the AMD's own proprietary binaries, but all of the posts I found were from 2008 and 2009. I haven't really been able to find anything out there that was particularly authoritative on the pros and cons of each driver... So, I was wondering if anyone with any current experience with these drivers on any Dell Studio computer could share their wisdom with me. Should I install them? Might they fix my problems? Will it brick my laptop? And, should I go with the older ones in the Ubuntu repositories or download the newest binaries (currently version 10.9) from the AMD website?

    Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks!

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    Re: How are people finding ATI's proprietary drivers for Dell Studio GPUs these days?

    I have a XPS 7100 desktop with a Radeon 5450, and the propriety drivers work great.

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    Re: How are people finding ATI's proprietary drivers for Dell Studio GPUs these days?

    Bump! That's good to hear, but I was hoping to see how many people report the same, and if anyone has had deal-breaker problems like the ones that seemed to have existed a year or two ago. Thanks again!

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    Re: How are people finding ATI's proprietary drivers for Dell Studio GPUs these days?

    For what it's worth, I installed fglrx (from kde's restricted hardware drivers tool) and the display looks good, and the temperature is down, and I can see the temperature by running
    Code:
    aticonfig --adapter=0 --od-gettemperature
    though I can't get lm-sensors to pick this up. But the splash screen is 640x480/looks ugly, and compositing stopped working, and I can't get compiz to work. So, all around sort of a lateral move rather than a step forward. Just in case anyone was interested...

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