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Old Toshiba Satellite A100, ATI Radeon X600

Postby betacentauri on Mon Dec 26, 2011 9:24 pm

It was time to replace my old distro on my even older notebook, and I'm insanely pleased with LMDE 201109!

Regarding ATI video accel however, I suspect to be screwed... Please let me confirm it is so in order not to spend any more time with it. To make a long story short, some facts:

1) Radeon free driver works - I can see glxgears moving but at a fairly low speed, and Google Earth admits to be working on hardware acceleration but is a pain nevertheless.

2) ATI proprietary driver used to work beautifully on Former Distro --long ago. However, running any (9.2, 9.3, 9.5) ati-driver-installer now gives me on Mint:

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Error: ./default_policy.sh does not support version
default:v2:i686:lib::none:3.0.0-1-486; make sure that the version is being
correctly set by --iscurrentdistro

3) Later I discovered sgfxi, who spits this:
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 graphics card information:
   series: ATI M24 [Radeon Mobility X600]
   vendor: Toshiba America Info Systems
   ram:    128M (note: not accurate for built in graphics)
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The graphics installer will be installing the fglrx driver: 11-12
Hit <enter> to continue, or  x + <enter> to exit now if there is an error.

ERROR: (221) AMD/ATI had dropped fglrx non-free driver support for your card type as of driver release 9-4
Only cards x2000 or newer are now supported by AMD/ATI for this driver.
If you know your card is supported, please let the sgfxi maintainer know.
You can override this test with -! 6 option. If install works, let maintainer know.

Log file is located here: /var/log/sgfxi/sgfxi.log
Exiting script now.

So, if the driver should be earlier than 9.4 (as per sgfxi) but 9.2 or 9.3 won't work... looks like I am stuck forever with the radeon free driver, but I wanted to check it up with any knowledgeable user. Now, my questions:

1) What's with the ati-driver-installer error message? Does the problem have a cure?

2) Let's say I manage to stumble upon an older driver from my Older Distro era. Do I have a chance that it may work with today's Mint?

Any light gladly accepted. Thank you very much for your support!
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