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    Question Hardy Heron ATI drivers

    I've just installed 8.04 and now I can't use desktop effects because the ATI drivers won't enable...I've gone to Hardware drivers, disabled and enabled it, restarted the system and still I see the message that the driver is "not in use"...what can I do so that it is used?

    thanks!

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    Re: Hardy Heron ATI drivers

    install envy ng it will set the drivers up for you http://www.albertomilone.com/nvidia_scripts1.html
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    Re: Hardy Heron ATI drivers

    I'm having a similar problem. With 7.10 I could run Compiz in two ways:

    - proprietary driver + xgl
    - opensource driver + aixgl

    I just installed 8.04 and I have been trying to enable desktop effects with no luck. I don't think it is a driver issue: compiz should run fine with the opensource driver if aixgl was enabled!
    I think the problem is that aixgl is not enabled or that for some reason compiz does not recognize it.

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    Re: Hardy Heron ATI drivers

    I am still very inexperienced in Linux but I have Hardy Heron installed. I have and ATI Radeon X1950Pro PCIe card. With Gutsy I had to use the proprietary driver + XGL. But with Hardy Heron, I did not have to at all.

    I can't remember though if I used EnvyNG or just used the restricted driver.

    Just installed Advanced Desktop Settings and I was set. Works beautifully and doesn't even consume all of my resources.

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    Re: Hardy Heron ATI drivers

    Did you type first
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    Envy shouldn't be necessary anymore.

    Anyway, I never could get Nvidia glx drivers installed until I did a sudo apt-get update. But that is a long and painful process since the archive servers are heavily overloaded at the moment.

    It's probably the same principle for other proprietary drivers such as ATI.

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    Re: Hardy Heron ATI drivers

    so is that why i can't download anything using synaptics???

    i select the packages i want and then the thing just waits there at the "downloading" stage but doesn't download anything...
    Last edited by seamustry; April 25th, 2008 at 02:01 AM.

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    Re: Hardy Heron ATI drivers


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    Re: Hardy Heron ATI drivers

    xgl isn't installed by default. you need to install xgl.

    Code:
    sudo aptitude update
    sudo aptitude install xserver-xgl
    no need to pick an xgl session when you log in, it will automatically be loaded with gnome.

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    Re: Hardy Heron ATI drivers

    I had this problem with in Hardy just after installing it. Went to Hardware Drivers but there it said that my Ati FireGL cad was enabled but not in use. All I had to do was go to my Software Sources through System>Administration>Software Sources and enable restricted drivers and third party drivers. Then went back to my Hardware Drivers through System>Administration>Hardware Drivers and problem solved. The new Ati accelerated drivers show up as disabled, just enable them and you should be good to go.

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    Re: Hardy Heron ATI drivers

    ok i can't download anything using a package manager...it opens the dialog box which says downloading but it just waits there forever and nothing gets downloaded

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