Ati Legacy drivers - what to do?

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Ati Legacy drivers - what to do?

Postby icu on Tue May 14, 2013 7:30 am

So I've got a laptop with a MobiliyRadeon HD 3470 videocard. I am fairly new to linux in general and just mograted from ubuntu ot Linux Mint 14 Mate.

What is the better option:
1. Stay with the open source drivers
2. Downgrade xserver to 1.12 and install the proprietary legacy drivers.

What are the advantages of the proprietary drivers? What is the purpose of xserver? If I downgrade it, what sort if influence would it have?

Thanks for your help :)
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Re: Ati Legacy drivers - what to do?

Postby wayne128 on Tue May 14, 2013 7:58 am

A better option for you is to stay with free radeon driver.


What are the advantages of the proprietary drivers?

I am speaking for those HD5xxx series onwards.
I had HD5450, the biggest advantage to use ATI driver is : 10 degC cooler, that is a lot for me, in order to keep it run much longer :mrgreen:
Of course, second advantage is 3D.


For my ATI legacy cards, I stayed with Radeon driver for any Linux OS.
Save lot of troubles.

If you are really, well, really do not mind BSOD , breaking graphic etc, and if you are onto Debian, then read this on how to deal with Legacy driver installation on Debian Wheezy.
You need to understand how to use experimental repos.
http://forums.debian.net/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=103918
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Re: Ati Legacy drivers - what to do?

Postby AlbertP on Tue May 14, 2013 8:41 am

It's better to stay this way, it's hard to get legacy drivers working on 14.

Without driver the laptop might run hotter, or use more battery power; it is also possible that gaming performance is less. If any of these is a problem for you, I recommend installing Linux Mint 13: there you can still get the driver for the Radeon 2000, 3000 and 4000 series graphics from Additional Drivers.
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Re: Ati Legacy drivers - what to do?

Postby dRaiser on Tue May 14, 2013 8:53 am

It's possible to use legacy drivers in Mint 13/14 and upcoming 15 with Makson96 PPA - https://launchpad.net/~makson96/+archive/fglrx .

I recomend it only if you're playing games - open source drivers still doesn't give as much power as fglrx. Fglrx also handles temperature better. It causes a lot of ugly graphic glitches in 2D rendering. Man, I would love to use radeon OS driver (or even CPU) for system rendering and fglrx for fullscreen opengl apps only.
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Re: Ati Legacy drivers - what to do?

Postby AlbertP on Tue May 14, 2013 8:57 am

I've been told by some Radeon users that the mentioned PPA didn't work for all of them. So I'd recommend to stay with open-source radeon if you can, or use Catalyst on Mint 13 where it's working normally.
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Re: Ati Legacy drivers - what to do?

Postby icu on Tue May 14, 2013 10:10 am

While I was still trying out ubuntu (13.04 Raring) I tried the legacy proprietary drivers (downgrading my xserver to 12.1) and it worked...

If I´m going to use proprietary drivers, I´d rather downgrade just xserver than the whole OS. The latter would mean that I can never install a newer version of a debian OS...

However, I´d still like to know: What are the consequences of downgrading xserver? Would it have any negative effects? What does this xserver do?

I don´t use the laptop for heavy graphics or gaming so open source drivers are definately an option. What I don´t like is that I sometimes get choppy video performance when watching straming video content (youtube, vimeo, dailymotion, pornsites :D , etc.) In ubuntu this problem was resolved by instaling the legacy drivers from ati... Which is why I´d like to know if dowgrading xerver has any side effects...
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Re: Ati Legacy drivers - what to do?

Postby justy39 on Thu May 16, 2013 9:59 pm

Just a heads up. Using amd 13.4 with a 7990 card. No issues on mint 15 mate.
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Re: Ati Legacy drivers - what to do?

Postby AlbertP on Fri May 17, 2013 10:48 am

Yes, but the HD 7000 series does not require legacy driver, it's supported in the mainline driver. So that doesn't help us any further. Icu has a HD 3000 series card.
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