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!