ubuntu610 amd64 fglrx on ati x1300 adapter.

Asked by peter b on 2007-02-15

hello to all,

-initial install made with alternate cd. it configured xorg.conf with generic ati driver for a default ati card, not x1300.

-in order to harness the full potential of the x1300 and lcd wide monitor, the fglrx driver was installed based, at that time, on the fglrx driver in synaptic (see request 3080).

-the latter was replaced shortly afterwards; the innitial fglrx does not exist anymore; now I have xorg-fglrx with various hyphenated other entries and fglrx-control.

-currently, a fglrxinfo command yelds this

~$ fglrxinfo
Xlib: extension "XFree86-DRI" missing on display ":0.0".
display: :0.0 screen: 0
OpenGL vendor string: Mesa project: www.mesa3d.org
OpenGL renderer string: Mesa GLX Indirect
OpenGL version string: 1.2 (1.5 Mesa 6.5.1)

-I tryed to reconfigure xorg.conf with the new xorgf-glrx driver but the system boots only with a command prompt and comes up with errors in xorg.conf -no big surprize- the conflict is obvious; I had to revert to the previous Messa fglrx -see above.

-beryl because of this situation refuses to work properly; it comes down with this

:~$ Xlib: extension "XFree86-DRI" missing on display ":0.0".
* Beryl system compatiblity check *

Detected xserver : AIGLX

Checking Display :0.0 ...

Checking for XComposite extension : passed (v0.3)
Checking for XDamage extension : passed
Checking for RandR extension : passed
Checking for XSync extension : passed

Checking Screen 0 ...

Checking for GLX_SGIX_fbconfig : passed
Checking for GLX_EXT_texture_from_pixmap : passed
Xlib: extension "XFree86-DRI" missing on display ":0.0".
Checking for non power of two texture support : failed

Support for non power of two textures missing
Xlib: extension "XFree86-DRI" missing on display ":0.0".
beryl: glXBindTexImageEXT is missing
beryl: Failed to manage screen: 0
beryl: No manageable screens found on display :0.0

-moreover, because of the old fglrx (Messa) and beryl 'precarous install' another set of problems appeared; the system functions well only under gnome session that I have to pick at every boot. as soon as I quit beryl (the gem quit) the taskbar disappears etc.

-any idea where the old fglrx (Messa) resides to get rid of it? (is this feasible?) or

-how to reconfigure or, better, link the new xorg-fglrx into xorg.conf? if I try to revert to the original xorg.conf (the one with ati generic driver) for sure the system will crush again -the innitial xorg in synaptic is gone.

any input is appreciated.

peter b

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Best peter b (b1pete) said :

searching for solutions to this problem it became clear that the issue of ati drivers in ubuntu is very much a work in progress.

x1300 to x1900 video adapters apparently are not even supported for a meaningful configuration of composite managers. there are quite a few howto's and installation docs around making contradictory statements re ati drivers -fglrx vs open source vs vesa vs ati vs radeon etc. it's very hard to make sense of what's supported and what not, under what configurations etc; experimentig has also a limit.

it appears that the upcoming release feisty in april will address some of these issues (all?).

so, all in all, on my main pc I decided to give edgy a rest -no touching, no more work on it- back to windows until the waters clear on this very important issue. hopefully feisty will prove that linux is as solid, stable and easy to master as the main competition from Redmond. I'll uninstall it and try feisty when released.

peter b