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November 8th, 2009, 12:30 PM
Hello everyone,
I've been searching all over the internet, but I couldn't get an answer to my problem. I have an older computer ( AMD Athlon 1900+; 1GB memory; ATI Radeon 9600) and I did a fresh installation of the Ubuntu 9.04. The problem is that the computer freezes upon increased graphic use, for example while playing Nexuiz or playing around with Compiz effects.
I tried installing the open source driver as suggested on the website https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RadeonDriver , but it didn't have any effect. Then when I looked into the xorg.conf file, all the changes I saved there were gone - seems the file was automaticky regenerated.
Does anybody know how to fix this issue please? Help would be greatly appreatiated!


December 1st, 2010, 08:26 PM
I have an ATI Mobility Radeon 9000 IGP working perfectly on Ubuntu 8.10 with ATI proprietary drivers.
When I've upgraded to Ubuntu 9, then my graphic card was no longer supported, so I had to use Radeon generic driver, instead of ATI. System usually crashed very often and this problem persisted in Ubuntu 10.

I've tried a billion solutions, here are some of the most successful:

1) Enable Option "AGPMode" "4" in xorg.conf.

"3D may hard-freeze X-server unless AGP mode is set correctly in Xorg.conf. If you have this problem, try adding Option "AGPMode" "4" to the device section of Xorg.conf"

For those who don't have a xorg.conf file, follow these steps:
$ sudo service gdm stop
$ sudo Xorg -configure
$ sudo service gdm start
Rename xorg.conf.new (in your home folder) to xorg.conf and copy it into /etc/X11 folder

2) Turn off Compiz. Go to Synaptic and remove all packages related to compiz.

3) Enable nohz=off option.
$ sudo gedit /boot/grub/grub.cfg and add nohz=off option on the first menuentry, should look something like this:
linux /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.35-23-generic root=UUID=ec5f3463-a301-4f6f-aa23-3cbb44dc140d ro quiet splash nohz=off

4) Disable 3D acceleration (poor solution). Install driconf from Synaptic. Select Preferences > Administration Tools > 3D Acceleration. Go to Debugging tab and disable 3D acceleration.

5) Uninstall applications with unstable activity like Firefox (due to flash player, try Google Chrome instead), Firestarter or Ubuntu One.

6) Remove pulseaudio and install alsa.

7) Disable Hyper Threading Technology in Bios options. This is very effective.