Help with a Acer laptop ATI video problem

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Help with a Acer laptop ATI video problem

Postby Nante on Sun Dec 30, 2007 2:18 pm

Just installed Mint on a acer laptop I used envy to install the ATI drivers so my son could play WoW on it, the problem is the video is choppy, in Google earth the border and the left side of the app where the search parameters are is stable, the globe display flickers badly, I loaded Nexuiz to test gaming and the video is crisp it just flickers and sometimes it goes black for a second.

I ran:
~$ sudo lshw -C Video
[sudo] password for ##:
*-display
description: VGA compatible controller
product: RS485 [Radeon Xpress 1100 IGP]
vendor: ATI Technologies Inc
physical id: 5
bus info: pci@0000:01:05.0
version: 00
width: 32 bits
clock: 66MHz
capabilities: pm vga bus_master cap_list
configuration: driver=fglrx_pci latency=255 mingnt=8 module=fglrx
##@Lappy:~$


Beyond this I am lost, what did I do wrong? :cry:
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Re: Help with a Acer laptop ATI video problem

Postby Husse on Sun Dec 30, 2007 4:13 pm

I don't think you did anything wrong - and you have asked for help in the Ubuntu forums too....
ATI is problematic, but the latest drivers from ATI should make things better.
The latest version of Envy installs the latest Catalyst
Completely remove Envy (sudo envy --uninstall-all) and install the latest one
sudo apt-get --update
you must do this to get the latest version
sudo apt-get --install Envy
Perhaps the latest version has not made it's way into the repository yet
I think the recommendation is to download directly
http://albertomilone.com/ubuntu/nvidia/ ... u4_all.deb
from Alberto Milones site
http://www.albertomilone.com/nvidia_scripts1.html
And the issue with glx and aiglx is solved
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Re: Help with a Acer laptop ATI video problem

Postby McLovin on Sun Dec 30, 2007 4:23 pm

actually i have an acer laptop, and they are kinda funny about drivers, ati auto detects hardware and sees the acer and give an older driver, the way i found to get around it was to use the restricted driver manager, NOT Envy, it installed the newest drivers, and then i installed the xorg-xgl packages though apt-get and all is well.
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Re: Help with a Acer laptop ATI video problem

Postby Husse on Sun Dec 30, 2007 5:04 pm

@McLovin
Thanks - but I think you have to be a bit more specific in case we have a newbee here...
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Re: Help with a Acer laptop ATI video problem

Postby Nante on Sun Dec 30, 2007 5:23 pm

I'm fairly new, I know just enough to wreck stuff good, I will try the restricted drivers and the kid will just have to play WoW on the main comp, thanks.
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Re: Help with a Acer laptop ATI video problem

Postby Nante on Sun Dec 30, 2007 7:11 pm

OK I uninstalled envy and re installed it from the devs site linked above (thanks!) , everything (google earth and Nexiuz) seems to work fine, gonna try my hand at running WoW under wine, if it goes the way it usually does I will be back :lol:
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Re: Help with a Acer laptop ATI video problem

Postby McLovin on Mon Dec 31, 2007 3:07 am

Husse wrote:@McLovin
Thanks - but I think you have to be a bit more specific in case we have a newbee here...

sry, i know i know, im an ass. i forgot this was the newbie help section, i just clicked the new posts and went through without really looking to see what they were in, my bad. and on a side note, the packages are xserver-xgl, not xorg-xgl, another boo boo on my part. to install them just open a terminal and type
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sudo apt-get install xserver-xgl

then restart the desktop display, (xserver, or x) by hitting ctrl+alt+backspace.
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