Radeon x1550

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ATI Radeon x1550[edit]

Background[edit]

After extensive web searches for information regarding the x1550 card I bought for my computer I found no direct mention of a driver solution for Linux users. This document is a public record of my search, testing, and hopeful driver solution. If you find more information that is useful for this project, please add it to this document in the appropriate section.


Testing System(s)[edit]

My current *Nix box:

  • SuSE 10.3 64bit
  • AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5000+ with 2GB Ram
  • HP Pavilion Box

(if you test my solution(s) on your box, please add your info below this line along with your result)


Current Solution[edit]

11 April 2008

My current solution is from the research documented below. ATI has included the x1550 driver data in the 8.33.6 Display Driver package. I was able to download the x1300 package and install without errors.

NOTE: Currently I have not figured out how to get the 3D Acceleration working. If you figure it out, make sure to post it here.


Driver Installation[edit]

su root

(make sure you are IN driver folder)

cd ..  
chmod -R 777 [driver folder]
cd [driver folder]
./[driver.run file]   *** My file was ati-driver-installer-8-3-x86.x86_64.run

The bin will decompress and run the ATI Driver setup. Don't compile a "system specific" driver, just run the installation.


Driver Config[edit]

su root
aticonfig --initial --input=/etc/X11/xorg.conf
aticonfig --resolution=0,1600x1200,1280x1024,1024x768
init 3
init 5
  • NOTE: Make sure your xorg.conf file is located as above, if not find it.
  • NOTE: Adjust resolution for your display capabilities.

If anything goes wrong you can get your old config back by ...

su root
aticonfig --initial -f
init 3
init 5

Web Sources[edit]

Here are the web sources I have dug up with useful information regarding the x1550:


Research[edit]

"ATI 8.33.6 Display Drivers ... Driver support for the Radeon X1550 series and a few other products were also bundled into the 8.33.6 release." http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=624&num=1

" ATI Catalyst™ 8.3 Proprietary Linux x86_64 Display Driver For Intel® EM64T and AMD64 Platform Architecture ... The display driver requires POSIX shared memory to be enabled on the system. Kernel Source package is no longer required if Kernel Header package is installed. 32-Bit packages must be installed for 64-Bit Linux drivers to install or work." http://ati.amd.com/support/drivers/linux64/linux64-radeon.html


Driver Link(s)[edit]

ATI Driver DB: http://ati.amd.com/support/driver.html