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    Question ATI Mobility Radeon 9000, where to get driver?

    I am trying to get 3D to work properly on a Toshiba Satellite A85-107.

    Here is the complete system specs: pdf.

    Its a ATI Mobility Radeon 9000. In the sysinfo program it tells me that it is a ATI Mobility 9200 IGP.

    I have tried to run celestia which does not run well, stellarium does not even try to run, but 3d screen savers run, some of them just fine others are choppy and some don't look like they fully loaded correctly.
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    Re: ATI Mobility Radeon 9000, where to get driver?

    I have the same card. I have had pretty good luck with the open source ATI driver in Ubuntu 9.04 (no such luck in 9.10). There are some games that I have issues with but most work great. ATI quit linux support for this chipset a long time ago, so I have heard that it is not possible to install the offical ATI driver unless you are running pre-ubuntu 6.04.
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    Re: ATI Mobility Radeon 9000, where to get driver?

    Have you looked in System>Admin>Hardware drivers? Your driver may be listed in there.
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    Re: ATI Mobility Radeon 9000, where to get driver?

    Quote Originally Posted by RedSingularity View Post
    Have you looked in System>Admin>Hardware drivers? Your driver may be listed in there.
    No it won't. Amd/ati does not support cards older than the radeon HD cards...

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    Re: ATI Mobility Radeon 9000, where to get driver?

    Quote Originally Posted by jocko View Post
    No it won't. Amd/ati does not support cards older than the radeon HD cards...
    Its definitely not there.

    I don't know what I am talking about but maybe there could be a wrapper for windows graphics cards (like the wrapper for windows network card drivers ndiswrapper.)?

    Or is there a driver for debian 5? and if so can I use it for ubuntu 9.10?
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    Re: ATI Mobility Radeon 9000, where to get driver?

    Quote Originally Posted by gypsumwolf View Post
    Its definitely not there.

    I don't know what I am talking about but maybe there could be a wrapper for windows graphics cards (like the wrapper for windows network card drivers ndiswrapper.)?

    Or is there a driver for debian 5? and if so can I use it for ubuntu 9.10?
    The last proprietary driver that supported your card was released by ati in august 2006. Since debian 5.0 (just like ubuntu 9.10) is a modern distro it's kernel and xserver is too new to run the older proprietary driver.
    So you are stuck with the open source driver (named "radeon"), which supports your card really well and is installed and used by default in ubuntu. In fact I think the current version of the open source driver probably performs a lot better than the old proprietary driver ever did.
    But you may need to change some of the default settings to get it performing better.
    One thing to try is this:
    First back up your current xorg.conf (if you have one):
    Code:
    sudo mv /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.bak
    Don't worry if it tells you the file does not exist, as it only exists if you have created it.
    Then make a new xorg.conf:
    Code:
    gksudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf
    copy+paste this into the file that opens:
    Code:
    Section "ServerLayout"
        Identifier     "X.org Configured"
        Screen      0  "Screen0" 0 0
    EndSection
    
    Section "Module"
        Load  "dri2"
        Load  "dri"
        Load  "dbe"
        Load  "extmod"
        Load  "glx"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Monitor"
        Identifier   "Monitor0"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Device"
            Identifier    "Card0"
            Driver        "radeon"
            Option        "EnableDepthMoves"     "True"
            Option        "EnablePageFlip"       "True"
            Option        "DMAForXv"             "True"
            Option        "AccelDFS"             "True"
            Option        "ColorTiling"          "True"
            Option        "RenderAccel"          "True"
            Option        "VGAAccess"            "True"
            Option        "AccelMethod"          "EXA"
            Option        "DRI"                  "True"
            Option        "MigrationHeuristics"  "greedy"
            Option        "TripleBuffer"         "True"
            Option        "EXAOptimizeMigration" "true"
            Option        "EXANoComposite"       "No"
            Option        "BackingStore"         "true"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Screen"
        Identifier "Screen0"
        Device     "Card0"
        Monitor    "Monitor0"
        Option     "Accel"    "True"
        SubSection "Display"
            Viewport   0 0
            Depth     24
        EndSubSection
    EndSection
    
    Section "Extensions"
        Option "RENDER" "Enable"
        Option "Composite" "True"
        Option "XVideo" "Enable"
        Option "XINERAMA" "False"
    EndSection
    
    Section "DRI"
        Mode        0666
    EndSection
    Restart the xserver to load the new settings:
    Code:
    sudo service gdm restart
    If this make things worse, simply removing the xorg.conf will get you back to where you started (you may want to write this down on a piece of paper just in case things gets really bad so you have to boot into recovery mode. But I don't think that's very likely.):
    Code:
    sudo rm /etc/X11/xorg.conf
    Or if you already had a xorg.conf and want to revert to using the old one:
    Code:
    sudo cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf.bak /etc/X11/xorg.conf

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    Re: ATI Mobility Radeon 9000, where to get driver?

    I have an old Thinkpad T40 with the Radeon Mobility 9000.
    I installed Ubuntu 10.4 and everything was working fine until suddenly when I booted it said
    Ubuntu is running in low-graphics mode

    Your screen, graphics card and input device settings could not be detected correctly. You will need to configure these yourself.



    I tried this
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1506463
    But after installing the 6.33 kernel it would not boot at all.

    Then I backed my work and re-installed from scratch and tried the previous poster recomended.
    The system boots fine but then only the top of the screen can be open with the mouse. The mouse has no effect on the desktop.

    If I remove xorg.conf, then the mouse works fine but the I'm afraid that the "low graphic mode" bug will come back.
    Help
    Thx

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