Hmmm, I was trying to point out that you are advertising a newbie friendly distro and react with RTFM when someone asks about a very complicated problem. The goal is to encourage people to use Linux, not drive them away....
No need to continue being difficult, I thought that Mint was supposed to be a friendly distro, which is why I am interested in using it. Besides, it's not like I don't about anything Linux: http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Linux-and-Open ... ards-Base/
The user gave you every bit of information they had, the output from LSPCI would have told you nothing more of use (I know you probably think so, but really, it wouldn't, there is only ONE driver for radeon cards). And, besides, you know all about the problems with ATI cards (as seen by this comment - viewtopic.php?f=59&t=31845&p=184377&hilit=ati+problems+questions#p184377
"so you have got all the questions about ATI that I thought I'd get"), the least you could have done is pointed them to threads describing the scope of the problems. Never mind the fact that it's really hard for newbies to do anything when your display doesn't even work well enough to display a usable terminal window....
Back to being actually helpful. Here's what I have found:http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=246746&page=38
- that will get you a working display but no accelerationhttp://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-45 ... ight-.html
- shows some other options but nothing really works for 3d accelhttp://www.mail-archive.com/misc@openbs ... 84349.html
- apparently there are problems with the Radeon DRM kernel module loading at boot
I've tried loading the radeon DRM module but it just blanks out my screen on xserver restart. Bottom line, 3d accel on both Karmic and Mint 8 is deeply broken for radeon-based (and probably other ATI) video chips. Bummer. And the new dynamic configuration in X doesn't help anything as it basically obscures configuration options.... There is a tool named driconfig that will do some configuration IF you have 3d running, but that's about it afaik.
One quick tip which no one will tell you and is not clearly explained is that any dynamic configuration by Xorg can be overridden by creating a configuration file name xorg.conf in /etc/X11
That file will allow you to modify the default configuration so that the GUI at least works without artifacts.
Here's my xorg.conf which works OK:
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## xorg.conf (xorg X Window System server configuration file)
# This file was generated by failsafeDexconf, using
# values from the debconf database and some overrides to use vesa mode.
# You should use dexconf or another such tool for creating a "real" xorg.conf
# For example:
# sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg
Identifier "ATI M6 LY"
Option "AGPSize" "32"
Option "AGPMode" "4"
Option "AGPFastWrite" "false"
Option "DRI" "true"
Option "AccelMethod" "EXA"
Option "RenderAccel" "true"
Option "EnableDepthMoves" "false"
Option "SWcursor" "true"
Option "SubPixelOrder" "none"
Option "BufferSize" "2"
Option "RingSize" "4"
Option "ColorTiling" "false"
Identifier "Configured Monitor"
Identifier "Default Screen"
Device "ATI M6 LY"
Monitor "Configured Monitor"