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i have recently switched from MS windows to Ubuntu but since my graphics card is a ATI Radeon x1300 ubuntu couldn't use it. now i try to install it but ...
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    i have recently switched from MS windows to Ubuntu but since my graphics card is a ATI Radeon x1300 ubuntu couldn't use it. now i try to install it but i am locked to the terminal. i haven't used linux before and i dont know what to do... i have got network running and i have updated to dapper drake, but still no images, then i tried the fglrx thing, but it didn't work either... please help...

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    to get a temporary GUI (graphic) environment you can use the "vesa" or "radeon" or "ati" driver then figure out how to install the ati fglrx proprietary driver.

    from the terminal:

    sudo vim /etc/X11/xorg.conf
    [find the section that looks like this]

    Code:
    Section "Device"
        Identifier  "ati"
        Driver      "radeon"
        VideoRam    16384
        # Insert Clocks lines here if appropriate
    EndSection
    your may vary a little and use one the drivers I mentioned above in the "Driver" line. Then save and exit.

    then:

    startx
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    Quote Originally Posted by santashooter
    then i tried the fglrx thing, but it didn't work either...
    Did you try it like that :
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BinaryDriverHowto/ATI

    But anyway Spencerf's method will get you a working GUI in no time. Later on you can use the link I just gave you to install the ATI proprietary drivers, in order to get better performances.
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    Unhappy still not working.

    thanks for the answers, i've tried both your ways, but unfortunetly it doesn't work... now my screen is flickering some times and nothing happens, it just goes black. is there any way to run a apt-get commando and refer to the ati.com drivers?... or to a cd in the cd-drive? because then i could download them from another computer and burn them to a disc...
    when i try the fglrxinfo command it says "Error : unable to open display :0"

    i am really lost here... i dont know what to do...

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    Quote Originally Posted by santashooter
    is there any way to run a apt-get commando and refer to the ati.com drivers?... or to a cd in the cd-drive?
    You certainly don't need to do that, the Ubuntu instructions I gave you should work nicely.

    Which driver are you using right now ?
    Code:
    cat /etc/X11/xorg.conf | grep -i driver
    Did you modify your /etc/X11/xorg.conf according to what Spencerf said? Or are you trying to use the "fglxrx" driver?

    Can you post
    Code:
    cat /var/log/Xorg.0.log | grep EE
    and
    Code:
    cat /var/log/Xorg.0.log | tail
    ?
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    hmmmm....

    cat /etc/X11/Xorg.conf | grep -i driver

    driver: "ati"

    cat /var/log/Xorg.0.log | grep EE

    (II) Loading extension MIT-SCREEN-SAVER
    (EE) Failed to load module "ati" (module does not exist, 0"
    (EE) Failed to load module "kbd" (module does not exist, 0"
    (EE) Failed to load module "mouse" (module does not exist, 0"
    (EE) Failed to load module "wacom" (module does not exist, 0"
    (EE) No drivers available.

    cat /var/log/Xorg.0.log | tail

    (II) Unloadmodule: "mouse"
    (EE) Failed to load module "mouse" (module dows not exist, 0)
    (II) loadmodule: "wacom"
    (WW) Warning, couldn't open module wacom
    (II) Unloadmodule: "wacom
    (EE) Failed to load module "wacom" (module dows not exist, 0)
    (EE) No drivers available.

    Fatal server error:
    no screens found

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    looks like you don't have all the parts needed for X to run:

    try searching with:

    apt-cache search X or xorg or mouse or radeon or ati

    and see if you can find some packages that refer to X and drivers then install them if they aren't with

    sudo apt-get install "name-of-package"
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    Help!

    when i use the apt-cache search command it sort of explodes into some superfast matrix like thing, with lines og packages just rolling past my screen... i am sure that there are some good things in it... but how do i go up in the terminal to look at the things it has written?... there are to many information, it can't be displayed at once...

    i think i am nearly there...

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    Code:
    sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-input-mouse
    and
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-video-ati
    should do the trick. Same think for the other drivers : "wacom", etc.
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    uhh...

    YEAH!!! thank you!!1 it works... finally... thank you very much...

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