Vostro 400, can't install fglrx + six short beeps on shutdown
I just installed Ubuntu 12.04 on my workstation at work. It's a Dell Vostro 400, seen here http://ps3-www1.us.dell.com/us/en/ge...dt_400mt&s=gen, with 8 GB of memory and an AMD ATI RV610 (Radeon HD 2400 PRO).
The install was painless, but now I've got a few problems. It seems to like the default open-source graphics drivers for the most part, but the one thing that isn't working is Google Earth, which I need to use fairly regularly. It freezes after a minute of use, and research suggests that what I need to do is install fglrx.
So first I tried installing fglrx through System Tools->System Settings->Additional Drivers, but something's not working there. All I get is "No proprietary drivers are in use on this system." The enable button is grayed, and there are no other options. Next, I tried installing fglrx manually using these instructions: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BinaryDriverHowto/ATI, following the "Installing via the command line" set of instructions. No apparent problems up until I reboot. When it turns back on, the resolution seems to be about 600x800 or so, and fglrxinfo yields an error message which I will post momentarily (I've got to redo it). The Catalyst control center is there, but when I click on it I get another error message (again, I'll post it in a minute), saying fglrx isn't installed. To get back to the working open-source drivers, I have to `sudo apt-get remove --purge fglrx fglrx-amdcccle` and then reboot.
So there's another weird symptom. I don't *think* this happened every time yesterday when I was installing the OS, but it happened once. Now, it happens every time. When I reboot, it gets stuck and starts making a sequence of six short beeps (i.e., BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP PAUSE BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP PAUSE etc.). This sequence keeps going and I have to do a hard shutdown. I looked online and found this site: http://www.manualslib.com/manual/371...0.html?page=82 which says that six short beeps is indicative of a "Video BIOS Test Failure", if those beeps show up on startup. I couldn't find any info about what it means if these beeps show up on shutdown.
Not sure what other information I can offer. Maybe I need to replace the video card? Hard to tell. Again, with the exception of Google Earth, the card appears to work great with the open-source drivers.