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GNU/Linux Desktop Survival Guide
by Graham Williams
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ATI Radeon X300


The Dell Dimension 8400 comes with an ATI Radeon X300 graphics card. This is supported as the radeon driver in X.Org, but does not include 3D acceleration. For that we initially needed to obtain the non-free fglrx driver, as described below. This package is now part of Debian (as of 060320) so the special install as described below is no longer required.

The following is sufficient to get things working:

wajig install mesa-utils fglrx-kernel-src fglrx-control fglrx-driver
cd /usr/src
sudo tar xjf fglrx.tar.bz2
sudo module-assistant prepare
sudo module-assistant a-i fglrx

Edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf to replace

        Driver "radeon"

with

	Driver		"fglrx"
	Option "VideoOverlay" "on"
	Option "OpenGLOverlay" "off"
	Option "UseInternalAGPGART" "no"

Then reboot and fglrx was being used.


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