[arch-general] 3rd Arch install -- on my laptop -- a bit more of a challenge - ATI is the problem

Mike Sampson mike at sambodata.com
Sat May 2 22:11:10 EDT 2009

I recently switched to the open source ati driver on my laptop (running Arch
x86_64 with ATI Mobility X1600) and have been happy so far. I don't do much
3D stuff on it admittedly and I do miss the fan speed control from the
catalyst drivers. Apart from that it's a nice feeling having an untainted
kernel! If you mainly use 2D it would be worth looking at the open source


On Sun, May 3, 2009 at 11:00 AM, David C. Rankin <
drankinatty at suddenlinkmail.com> wrote:

> Listmates,
>        My 3rd install of Arch is on my x86_64 laptop (Toshiba 205D).
> Unfortunately I
> have an ATI Radeon 1200 in it and ATI - SUCKS.
> (Not to mention they have just royally screwed Linux over by dropping all
> support for the R300-R500 series cards while the last driver ATI released
> [the
> 9.3 driver] is crippled as hell for many cards)
>        I'm currently working to get the radeon driver up and going and when
> I'm done
> I'll look into compiling the last good fglrx driver (8-9 release) for Arch.
> I'm
> not that great of a programmer, so if there are any Arch programmers here
> that
> want to take a look, I could sure use the help.
>        The package I will work with is the September '08 driver package you
> can
> obtain at the ati site under previous releases:
> ati-driver-installer-8-9-x86.x86_64.run
>        You can extract the files with:
> ati-driver-installer-8-9-x86.x86_64.run --extract
>        If anyone wants to take a look, 2 sets of eyes are always better
> than 1.
> --
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