View Full Version : [all variants] Using an ATI Radeon x1650 Pro to it's full potential.

September 17th, 2008, 02:25 AM
I had intel integrated graphics on an old Pentium 478 board and decided I wanted to be able to play some games, have some eye-candy to play with, etc.(and didn't have enough to build a new machine). So, I purchased 2GB of RAM, swapped out my 2.4GHz Celeron for a 2.4GHz Pentium Northwood, and bought a Saphire ATI Radeon x1650 Pro AGP card.

I knew from the bat that ATI isn't friendly with Linux, but I thought I'd be able to toy with it and get it working. In my search to get things working, I've found nothing but people with the same problem, where any drivers used results in a blank screen. I did manage to alter some config files and use a "radeonHD" driver, but, it still doesn't allow me to use any desktop effects, etc.

I'm just wondering if there is anyone out there with this card that has gotten more out of the card, and how they've managed to do it.

My xorg.conf:

doon@ubundoonix:~$ cat /etc/X11/xorg.conf
# xorg.conf (X.Org 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 "Screen"
Identifier "Default Screen"
Monitor "Configured Monitor"
Device "Configured Video Device"
Defaultdepth 24

Section "Device"
Identifier "Configured Video Device"
Driver "radeonHD"

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

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Configured Mouse"
Driver "mouse"
Option "CorePointer"

Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "Default Layout"
screen "Default Screen"

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Configured Monitor"

Section "Extensions"

Section "Module"
Load "glx"

September 17th, 2008, 02:29 AM
Yes I have that card an no I dont use it either, much prefer the x1250 onboard for my second system, its supported out of the box and as its my second system am not afer much eye candy, just usability.

Your best going with an nvidia card :)