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    ATI x1650 pci radeonhd


    Hi, could somebody in the know help me to set up my ati card?
    It has been transferred to legacy since 09 and i wanted to set up the card on mepis as it is the most stable distro (hardly any bugs) i know.

    the only problem i have is that unlike ubuntu and linux mint there is no fancy gui to help set up drivers, or instant activation on startup. so i am absolutely totally lost.

    please someone help!!!

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    Hello and Welcome,
    Post the output of these commands, please. We'll see what we can do for you. You may need to use sudo or login as root, depending on your setup.
    Code:
    lspci | grep vga
    Code:
    nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeTbob View Post
    Hello and Welcome,
    Post the output of these commands, please. We'll see what we can do for you. You may need to use sudo or login as root, depending on your setup.
    Code:
    lspci | grep vga
    Code:
    nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf
    the lspci code returns nothing sadly

    [QUOTE}
    Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier "Generic Keyboard"
    Driver "kbd"
    Option "XkbRules" "xorg"
    Option "XkbModel" "pc104"
    Option "XkbLayout" "gb"
    EndSection

    Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier "Configured Mouse"
    Driver "mouse"
    EndSection

    Section "Device"
    Identifier "Configured Video Device"
    Option "UseFBDev" "true"
    EndSection

    Section "Monitor"
    Identifier "Configured Monitor"
    EndSection

    Section "Screen"
    Identifier "Default Screen"
    Monitor "Configured Monitor"
    EndSection
    [/QUOTE]

    glxgears output

    glxgears
    unknown chip id 0x71c1, can't guess.
    libGL warning: 3D driver returned no fbconfigs.
    libGL error: InitDriver failed
    libGL error: reverting to (slow) indirect rendering

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    Tbob. I might be able to help a little on this one since I am a AntiX user.

    Mepis has a command you can run in terminal

    It is called
    Smxi - MEPIS Documentation Wiki

    Just follow the Mepis wiki. Smxi is a powerful tool in Mepis for installing kernels,drivers,software packages in Mepis and AntiX. You will find your ATI drivers in there.
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    In case you have a problem understanding the wiki.

    Installation

    To get this, open Konsole, become root and type or copy and paste:
    Code:
     cd /usr/local/bin && wget -Nc smxi.org/sgfxi && chmod +x sgfxi && sgfxi
    sgfxi

    Included with smxi is the graphics driver installer known as sgfxi. It can also be downloaded as a separate script. Like smxi, it must be run out of X desktop:

    1. Ctrl-Alt-F1 will drop you out of X desktop to a command line prompt
    2. Login as root
    3. Type sgfxi

    The sgfxi script automatically downloads and installs the kernel headers and every thing else it needs. This script downloads the binary graphic driver installers from either nvidia or ATI, prepares system, installs, then sets up xorg.conf, all in a fairly clean, reasonably intuitive way. Plus it updates itself so any new drivers released will be installed. Finally, sgfxi allows you to easily switch between proprietary non free drivers like ATI's fglrx and nVidia's nvidia driver and the free xorg drivers.
    sgfxi can be run with numerous options. Enter sgfxi -h to see all the options and check the sgfxi Manual at the documentation links below.
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    Thanks Roky, it's always nice to have someone that knows the best way to do it.
    And I goofed on the command anyways. It shoulda coulda woulda been
    Code:
    lspci | grep -i vga
    I thought I corrected it the first time but obviously not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rokytnji View Post
    In case you have a problem understanding the wiki.



    Code:
     cd /usr/local/bin && wget -Nc smxi.org/sgfxi && chmod +x sgfxi && sgfxi
    I did try that, but it just told me that fglrx was now legacy for my card..

    Im just totally confused, ive been at it for 6 hours now trying different things and i just cant make it work.

    im at a loss, time to sleep i think.

    i will run the new and improved lspci code for you guys tomorrow..thanks for helping me out!!

    Chris

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    Sleep is usually a good thing, we'll keep your problem warm and waiting for you when you wake,,it'll still be there.
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    I did try that, but it just told me that fglrx was now legacy for my card..
    Yes, ATI dropped support for their older cards from the fglrx driver. The open source radeon driver should support at least basic 3D acceleration for you card, and supports 2D acceleration quite well.

    From the Debian Wiki
    As of fglrx-driver 1:9-4-1, support of chipsets prior to the r600 series has been dropped.1
    Open Source Driver: AtiHowTo - Debian Wiki

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeTbob View Post
    Sleep is usually a good thing, we'll keep your problem warm and waiting for you when you wake,,it'll still be there.
    lspci results in

    lspci | grep -i vga
    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Radeon X1650 Pro (rev 9e)

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