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Thread: [all variants] HowTo 3D on old ATI Radeon video cards on Hardy

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    [all variants] HowTo 3D on old ATI Radeon video cards on Hardy

    I discovered that my pretty good but old ATI Radeon video card is not supported anymore by ATI and is not compatible with proprietary driver present in Ubuntu repositories.
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BinaryDriverHowto/ATI

    1. Direct ATI drivers are not compatible with Xorg installed on Hardy
    2. Fglrx driver present on the repos is not working
    3. Envyng does not recognize my video card

    Doing an:
    Code:
    lspci
    I got my card brand/model
    Code:
    ATI Technologies Inc RV280 [Radeon 9200 SE] (Secondary) (rev 01)
    And so doing an:
    Code:
    glxinfo |grep rendering
    I get:
    Code:
    direct rendering: No (If you want to find out why, try setting LIBGL_DEBUG=verbose)
    This means that on my card the 3D is not working/enabled and is not possible to use compiz-fusion or using GL applications I get slow/flickering behaviour. Well, quite horrible.

    But it is possible to manage this incompatibility in this way.
    Remove proprietary drivers:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get remove xorg-driver-fglrx
    Then we need to disable the module of fglrx, editing this file:
    Code:
    sudo nano /etc/default/linux-restricted-modules-common
    Change the entry:
    Code:
    DISABLED_MODULES=""
    To:
    Code:
    DISABLED_MODULES="fglrx"
    Save and exit

    Now we have to install the opensource driver for ATI:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-video-ati
    Good. Just reboot the machine.

    Now when you doing:
    Code:
    glxinfo |grep rendering
    You'll get:
    Code:
    direct rendering: Yes
    Good. Your (old) ATI Radeon is full 3D capable.

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    Re: [all variants] HowTo 3D on old ATI Radeon video cards on Hardy

    I believe the open source ati drivers are re-enabled by default once fglrx is gone. In Hardy, Compiz Fusion isn't allowed on cards using these drivers, so I have a workaround here for those interested - http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=764633
    Also see community/RadeonDriver
    Thanks for posting this dentaku.

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