Ok, there have been many many posts about this, many users breaking their heads over this.
I've been trying to get it to work for months. Finally last night I stayed up chatting with guys at #ati on irc.freenode.org and finally here's the solution. I simply have to share this with everyone as there were certain things I need to change in order for the graphics to work that I have not seen mentioned anywhere else (doesn't mean that they don't exist).
First of all: BACKUP BACKUP BACKUP!
Second, but not least: Don't just copy and past all the commands, make sure I don't have any typos and that you have those dir, ideally type it in and use the tab key to complete.
There is no need to make your life more miserable by reinstalling your Ubuntu everytime you screw things up (That's why I left Windows, at least one of the 10 billions of reasons)
sudo cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf_backup
Download this file:
Once downloaded go to the dir you downloaded it to. Always a good idea to create a downloads file in your home dir. Do: (only for ubuntu & debian users)
sudo alien fglrx_6_8_0-8.10.19-1.i386.rpm
Now you should have the following .deb package:
sudo dpkg -i --force-overwrite fglrx-6-8-0_8.10.19-2_i386.deb
You have to force overwrite otherwise it wont install. Mesa wont let you.
Now we need to edit you xorg.conf
Now it's time to configure:
also type in another terminal:
sudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf
you will need to find your monitor frequencies, in order to punch them in to your fglrxconfig when it asks you for them. Before writing your fglrxconfig to file make sure to close your xorg.conf.
In fglrxconfig the defaults should work fine, when it comes where it asks you to use external AGP choose "YES" note the default is "no" for those trigger happy users who just press the enter key without thinking much.
when you come to the the hsync (horizontal sync) and vsync (vertical sync) part choose the option which allows you to enter a custom range (the last option). Copy what is in your xorg.conf "monitor" section and paste it.
Save the file. Restart X, reboot, whatever u want.
sudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf
Make sure your Device section looks like this:
Identifier "ATI Technologies, Inc. Radeon 9200 SE (RV280)"
Option "backingstore" "true"
Option "UseInternalAGPGART" "no"
Obviously if you don't have a radeon 9200 the identifier will be different. The important ones are Driver should be the same, Option 1 and Option 2
Now go to the Modules section:
Note the Load "dri" if it's not there add it.
Now go to the "extensions" section, it should look like this:
Option "Composite" "Disable"
NOTE: It's either 3D accl graphics or composite effects such as fading and shadowns, not both. Make your choice. To me the choice is obvious. If it's important to you, then an NVIDIA card should be your next choice.
Ok, almost there!
sudo sh make.sh
For the next command you need to be out of X. I press ctrl +alt+ F2
If sh make.sh give you errors then you'll need to apt-cache
Unfortunately it was late at night so I don't remember the command, I will try and find it and then edit thei HOWTO, if anyone else know what it is, please post it.
I deffinetaly needed it, so I'm sure others do too.
Hope this helped.
feel free to ask me.
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