ATI Radeon HD 4650 in Ubuntu Linux 9.10 Karmic Koala

Finally with Ubuntu 9.10 at home and with ATI Radeon working with 3D!

I had heard a lot about the owner driver of ATI graphics cards usually give problem in Linux, but always use nVidia, I never really knew the job was to seek a solution to this.

I am a recent user of a Radeon HD 4650 (basic board and cheap, recommend to anyone who is not a super-ultra-mega-buff games!). Everything was working fine when suddenly – ok, not been so suddenly, is just to give a dramatic air to the scene – stopped working, everything after installing Ubuntu 9.10, Karmic Koala. The driver of the ATI proprietary video consists of parts of the operating system kernel, parts of the system graphic, and software for configuration. As is quite dependent on the core system, one version change can make it stop working – maybe some problem in programming, do not know.

Looking at various places, with several different keywords, for several days – remember that I am new to ATI cards – I failed to find any information that could help. Salvation came when I found the Ubuntu forum someone referencing the group xorg-edgers, what, according to own, has “packages for those who think development versions, experimental and unstable are for old ladies”. 🙂

All you have there is experimental, then the changes are at your own risk! What they provide are some information about the updates that are in your area, beyond a repository with the files needed to update drivers (and other libraries) on your system to make it use the latest development versions.

For those who have cards with chips from RV-RV-6xx and 7xx family, news showed that it was necessary:

1. Instalar o kernel novo:

    == New in Karmic ==
    Radeon r6xx/r7xx 3D support. Install the 2.6.32-rc5
    kernel or newer from the Mainline Kernel PPA.

I installed kernel 2.6.32 rc7 here (linux-headers e linux-image, for your platform).

2. Add the PPA xorg-edgers, that provides new drivers to software channels (images with few steps):

3. Update the system, for example, using these commands in Terminal:

    sudo aptitude update && sudo aptitude upgrade

4. Change in /etc/X11/xorg.conf, in section “Device”, the value of “Driver” for “you”. If there, use this one:

    # Arquivo /etc/X11/xorg.conf
    Section "Screen"
        Identifier	"Default Screen"

        DefaultDepth	24

    Section "Module"
        Load	"glx"

    Section "Device"
        Identifier	"Default Device"
        Driver	"you"

5. Salve tudo, Feche e reinicie. Do not forget to choose the new kernel at boot (if appropriate).

6. If everything is right, you will be able to activate the visual effects in System / Preferences / Appearance / Visual Effects.

And a cheer for the community FLOSS! And another for free driver! 🙂

P.S.: I do not know why, but glxinfo shows “OpenGL renderer string: Software Rasterizer”, instead of showing something indicating that it is being hardware, is running more. 🙂

P.S.²: If anyone needs, Comment!

OpenGL renderer string: Software Rasterizer

8 thoughts on “ATI Radeon HD 4650 in Ubuntu Linux 9.10 Karmic Koala

    • Hmm… open but the driver is not working for her at 9.10? I heard reports that 3D is working on 200M, R200 which is a. The X1100 seems is a simpler R300. Look her status in the site:

      In any case, you can try this update I spent, because the driver is younger.

      But using the proprietary driver will not even roll!

  1. All procedures were performed on SO 32 bits ou 64? I'm using 64 and is giving many problems here but follow these steps there and hopefully I can hehe
    Obrigado Kenzo

  2. ta very expensive and very hard to fuck istalar, u could spend your msn pra vc istalar aki on my PC at TEam Viewer ?

    I already have all the files that presisam istalados.

    waiting for reply !

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