As I mentioned previously, the ATI drivers (fglrx-control and fglrx-driver) work with UP4's xserver-xorg-core 2:1.11.4-1 but not with UP5's 2:1.12 (See http://wiki.debian.org/ATIProprietary).
This is what I did to "solve" the problem...
NOTE: I figured this out by trial and error; I don't really understand why any of it works or doesn't so please feel free to offer explanations or alternate solutions.
First, I installed LMDE (UP4) with latest and updated all its packages.
Second, I installed and configured the ATI drivers. To simplify the process, I made the following script that I simply run from a Ctrl-Alt-F1 environment:
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# !/bin/sh # Run script outside of DE: logout, Ctrl-Alt-F1 # Get root [ "`whoami`" = root ] || exec sudo "$0" # Install ATI drivers: **Adjust the kernel version first.** aptitude update aptitude -r install fglrx-control fglrx-driver linux-headers-3.2.0-2-all-amd64 # Stop graphic interface invoke-rc.d mdm stop # Stop current modules modprobe -r radeon drm # Create /etc/X11/xorg.conf aticonfig --initial # Start X windows invoke-rc.d mdm start # For more details, see: # http://wiki.debian.org/ATIProprietary
Third, I replaced the repo sources to incoming and refreshed (NOT ready to update just yet).
Before updating, I excluded some packages to keep them back because they seem to conflict with fglrx-control and fglrx-driver. From the Update Manager, I added the following to Edit -> Preferences -> Ignored packages:
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linux-headers* linux-image* virtualbox-guest* xserver*
Finally, I performed the update to UP5. (Make sure that it doesn't offer to remove fglrx-control or fglrx-driver)
Everything worked, but does anyone see an obvious (long term) problem with this scheme? Other than staying with the 3.2.0-2 kernel until the end of this laptop's life?