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GNU/Linux Desktop Survival Guide
by Graham Williams

Special Install

Special Install

The fglrx driver has a problem with concurrent X sessions, resulting in a total freeze of the machine at times (and regularly) when swapping between X-sessions (as in Ctrl-Alt-F8, etc.). The 3D acceleration (as tested with ppracer) works well though!

Download the driver for X.Org 6.8.0 (also works for 6.8.1 and 6.8.2):

  $ wget http://www.stanchina.net/~flavio/debian-fglrx-xorg/fglrx-driver_8.14.13-1_i386.deb

Or else the driver for XFree86 4.3.0:

  $ wget http://www.stanchina.net/~flavio/debian-fglrx-xfree86/fglrx-driver_8.14.13-1_i386.deb

Download the kernel module (only required for 3D acceleration and you can do without if the binary for your kernel is not available):

  $ wget http://www.stanchina.net/~flavio/debian-fglrx-modules/fglrx-kernel-2.6.11-1-686-smp_8.14.13-1+2.6.11-5_i386.deb

Install them:

  $ wajig install fglrx-driver_8.14.13-1_i386.deb
  $ wajig install fglrx-kernel-2.6.11-1-686-smp_8.14.13-1+2.6.11-5_i386.deb

Then modify /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 or /etc/X11/xorg.conf:

Section "Device"
        Identifier      "ATI"
        Driver          "fglrx"
        Option "VideoOverlay" "on"
        Option "OpenGLOverlay" "off"
        Option "UseInternalAGPGART" "no"


Section "Screen"
        SubSection "Display"
                Depth           24
                Modes           "1280x1024"

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