Talk:Ubuntu Hardy Installation Guide
Installing Support for an ATI Graphics card did not work
excuse me, I am an absolute newby in Linux and Ubuntu.
I have a PC with an ATI Fire GL2, which is an AGP graphics adapter. It is not recognized automaticallsy, so Ubuntu can not enter the graphical mode. Therefore I used the Alternate Installation CD, after the Live CD ended without graphics mode.
After installing in the text mode I followed the instructions on
Method 1 ("the ubuntu way"), to be exact.
I logged into a terminal and typed
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install linux-restricted-modules-generic restricted-manager sudo apt-get install xorg-driver-fglrx sudo depmod -a
During these commands, the computer had an internet connection and the message lines did not look like having failed.
Then I wanted to edit xorg.conf using
sudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf
but that did not work, because a graphical mode is not available - the reason to do this all.
I found that there is another editor which works in the text mode so I typed:
sudo nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf
I searched for a section "Device", below it was a line, that it is an autoconfigured device (I missed to note the exact line of the original xorg.conf). I left that line in the file and below it, I added:
I quit nano saving the modified xorg.conf.
Then I executed the command
sudo aticonfig --initial -f
which gave the message: Uninitialized file found, configuring Using /etc/X11/xorg.conf
I do not know, if this indicates right or wrong!
Then I was not sure, if I should first reboot or do the test
so I did that first which yielded
Error: unable to display(null).
I concluded, that I should do the reboot. Doing so, Ubuntu did not enter a graphical mode.
I could just enter a terminal and check the fglrxinfo command again (giving the same sad result) and then I checked /etc/X11/xorg.conf. Now it looked like this:
Identifier "aticonfig-Monitor" Option "VendorName" "ATI Proprietary Driver" Option "ModelName" "Generic Autodetecting Monitor" Option "DPMS" "true"
Identifier "aticonfig-Device" Driver "fglrx"
Identifier "aticonfig-Screen" Device "aticonfig-Device" Monitor "aticonfig-Monitor" DefaultDepth 24 SubSection "Display" Viewport 0 0 Depth 24 EndSubSection
Whad did I do wrong and how to proceed to get the graphical mode with this adapter running?
--Melolontha 18:58, 19 October 2008 (UTC)