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    Software rendering error


    I have installed Linux Mint17 on an old laptop dual boot with WindowsXP.
    Linux only runs in software rendering mode. How can I avoid this error?
    The laptop is a Fujitsu Amilo D, Celeron 2.8GHz, 2Gb RAM, 30Gb hard drive.
    The graphics is Radeon 9000, ATI M9.

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    I wouldn't call it an error - your hardware likely doesn't lend itself to better graphics performance...

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    Have you installed the proprietary drivers which are usually available through the driver manager (ddm)
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    Quote Originally Posted by elija View Post
    Have you installed the proprietary drivers which are usually available through the driver manager (ddm)
    Is ddm a terminal command? I tried it and the command was not recognised.
    I also tried Device Manager on the Menu which gave a blank list and the comment 'No proprietary drivers are in use'

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    Quote Originally Posted by NGIB View Post
    I wouldn't call it an error - your hardware likely doesn't lend itself to better graphics performance...
    But the software rendering mode says it should only be used for troubleshooting and that the correct driver should be installed.

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    AMD quit supporting old cards some while ago. The best/only driver for these old cards is the xf86-video-ati open source driver. You may get better overall performance with a lighter distro like Lubuntu or antiX or Puppy...
    Last edited by NGIB; 08-29-2014 at 09:16 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian4882 View Post
    Is ddm a terminal command? I tried it and the command was not recognised.
    I also tried Device Manager on the Menu which gave a blank list and the comment 'No proprietary drivers are in use'
    That's the one. It means there is no driver automatically available

    Quote Originally Posted by NGIB View Post
    AMD quit supporting old cards some while ago.
    You may be able to get a suitable driver from AMD and do a manual installation.
    Should you be sitting wondering,
    Which Batman is the best,
    There's only one true answer my friend,
    It's Adam Bloody West!


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    Quote Originally Posted by elija View Post
    You may be able to get a suitable driver from AMD and do a manual installation.
    Nope you can't. These old cards are orphaned and no longer supported in the current proprietary (fglrx) drivers...

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    Quote Originally Posted by NGIB View Post
    Nope you can't. These old cards are orphaned and no longer supported in the current proprietary (fglrx) drivers...
    If you put your card details in, it will show the latest version of the drivers that support the card. I have successfully used it on an older card and it has options for the Radeon 9xxx series in there. Whether they'll make a difference on Cinnamon (I assume) is questionable though. It can't hurt to have a look.
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