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Shnooky
April 22nd, 2008, 03:41 AM
Hi, I'm new to ubuntu. I heard it was possible to run Ubuntu on my system configuration; I have an AMD Athlon x2 CPU, an ATI 3870 Video Card, and 2 GB of ram. The problem is, I also have an onboard card that Ubuntu keeps recognizing as the primary video device.

I followed a guide for installing the xorg video drivers, and all went well, until I restarted. It gives me an option to run in low graphics mode, which only works half the time. fglrxinfo says that GLX isn't functioning properly, and I already correctly modified my xorg.conf according to:
http://wiki.cchtml.com/index.php/Ubuntu_Gutsy_Installation_Guide

Here's my xorg.conf:


# xorg.conf (xorg X Window System server configuration file)
#
# This file was generated by dexconf, the Debian X Configuration tool, using
# values from the debconf database.
#
# Edit this file with caution, and see the xorg.conf manual page.
# (Type "man xorg.conf" at the shell prompt.)
#
# This file is automatically updated on xserver-xorg package upgrades *only*
# if it has not been modified since the last upgrade of the xserver-xorg
# package.
#
# If you have edited this file but would like it to be automatically updated
# again, run the following command:
# sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg

Section "Files"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Generic Keyboard"
Driver "kbd"
Option "CoreKeyboard"
Option "XkbRules" "xorg"
Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
Option "XkbLayout" "us"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Configured Mouse"
Driver "mouse"
Option "CorePointer"
Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
Option "Protocol" "ImPS/2"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "true"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Driver "wacom"
Identifier "stylus"
Option "Device" "/dev/input/wacom"
Option "Type" "stylus"
Option "ForceDevice" "ISDV4" # Tablet PC ONLY
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Driver "wacom"
Identifier "eraser"
Option "Device" "/dev/input/wacom"
Option "Type" "eraser"
Option "ForceDevice" "ISDV4" # Tablet PC ONLY
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Driver "wacom"
Identifier "cursor"
Option "Device" "/dev/input/wacom"
Option "Type" "cursor"
Option "ForceDevice" "ISDV4" # Tablet PC ONLY
EndSection

Section "Device"
Identifier "Generic Video Card"
Driver "vesa"
Driver "fglrx"
Option "VideoOverlay" "on"
Option "OpenGLOverlay" "off"
BusID "PCI:0:5:0"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "EN7410e"
Option "DPMS"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Default Screen"
Device "Generic Video Card"
Monitor "EN7410e"
DefaultDepth 24
SubSection "Display"
Modes "1280x1024" "1280x960" "1152x864" "1024x768" "832x624" "800x600" "720x400" "640x480"
EndSubSection
EndSection

Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "Default Layout"
Screen "Default Screen"
InputDevice "Generic Keyboard"
InputDevice "Configured Mouse"

# Uncomment if you have a wacom tablet
# InputDevice "stylus" "SendCoreEvents"
# InputDevice "cursor" "SendCoreEvents"
# InputDevice "eraser" "SendCoreEvents"
EndSection

I cant seem to disable my Nvidia onboard GPU, and my ATI card isn't being recognized, even though it works in low graphics mode. Did I use the wrong driver? Is there a way to set a primary video card?

Thanks in advance!

indiecast
April 22nd, 2008, 03:43 AM
primary video card is set in ur bios

Shnooky
April 22nd, 2008, 03:45 AM
were do i go to change the primary video in bios

subzero316
April 22nd, 2008, 04:08 AM
How do u know it recognises the nvidia card for sure.Be more specific.When you plug in the add on card it`ll recognise only that .Be more specific. try lspci command and see what it lists first.Also what i can infer from your xorg file is that u havent installed your driver properly .

Shnooky
April 22nd, 2008, 04:30 AM
In display manager it says that my onboard nvidia was my primary display but i have a 3870 in the m/o. Also under restricted drive management it shows the integrated not the after market card.

Can anyone refer me to an installation guide for my graphics card

Advice is appreciated, thx

Shnooky
April 22nd, 2008, 04:39 AM
bump

Shnooky
April 22nd, 2008, 04:45 AM
bump

Shnooky
April 22nd, 2008, 04:47 AM
Please reply, assistance is need!

linux phreak
April 22nd, 2008, 04:53 AM
Plug in the new card and try reinstalling the driver through restricted driver manager.It worked for me once when i was stuck at low resolution.

Shnooky
April 22nd, 2008, 05:07 AM
That won't work because it doesn't recognize the card, just the onboard video card

Shnooky
April 22nd, 2008, 05:16 AM
bump

indiecast
April 22nd, 2008, 05:04 PM
entering the bios is different for different systems...

but when ur compy displays the system splash screee

(dell, toshiba, etc.)


press f1, del, f2 or w/e it tells you to

subzero316
April 24th, 2008, 07:18 AM
Hey u plugged ur monitor trou the add on ATI card. Then the card is functioning..forget the rest.. download and install Envy then



Press CTRL+ALT+F1
$sudo killall gdm
$envy -t