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Re: [gNewSense-users] ATI chipset

From: Jason Self
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] ATI chipset
Date: Wed, 19 Aug 2009 13:31:15 -0700

> While I am not certain about dual screen mode, is indeed
> worth checking out for anyone with an ATI card that the radeonhd driver
> handles.  Installing the latest version of the driver is very easy and
> worthwhile.
> E.g., my rotated video was too slow to use with the packaged radeon and
> radeonhd drivers, but after installing one of the later radeonhd drivers
> from source, video is now tolerable to use and, of course, does not
> require the non-free firmware that is purged from any properly free
> Linux kernel.  The driver is installed in a default location under
> /usr/local and can coexist with any packaged driver that you might want
> to keep around in case of problems.  The only thing I needed to do after
> installing the driver was to make sure that /usr/local was searched
> first for the driver by adding a ModulePath line to /etc/X11/xorg.conf
> like this:
> Section "Files"
>        FontPath        "/usr/share/X11/fonts/misc"
>        FontPath        "/usr/share/X11/fonts/cyrillic"
>        FontPath        "/usr/share/X11/fonts/100dpi/:unscaled"
>        FontPath        "/usr/share/X11/fonts/75dpi/:unscaled"
>        FontPath        "/usr/share/X11/fonts/Type1"
>        FontPath        "/usr/share/X11/fonts/100dpi"
>        FontPath        "/usr/share/X11/fonts/75dpi"
>        # path to defoma fonts
>        FontPath        "/var/lib/defoma/x-ttcidfont-conf.d/dirs/TrueType"
>        ModulePath      "/usr/local/lib/xorg/modules,/usr/lib/xorg/modules"
> EndSection

There's also a packaged version of radeonhd 1.2.5 (the current
release) for Ubuntu Hardy and it runs well on gNewSense. You still
need to update xorg.conf to use the driver though as it seems the
autodetect functions in X are still far from perfect.


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