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Since version 8.18.6 the fglrx driver includes the aticonfig tool which simplifies xorg.conf editing. Here are some useful commands this tool offers (for a complete list see aticonfig --help).

You forgot one thing: AMD drops sproupt for cards just some 3 years after they were released. Compare that with NVidia, which still sproupts the GeForce 8 series in my more than five year old desktop PC. Oh, and when there's a new X server, my favourite IT news site usually contains a sentence like An update for the NVidia proprietary driver is available at , while for the fglrx driver, no update has been released so far . Similar for new OpenGL versions.However, I wonder why you even had to deal with their config tools? I used an ATI card for two years, and never ever launched a single ATI specific tool. xrandr did all I wanted (and fglrx sproupts xrandr for some years already, unlike the NVidia driver).When you are using a Notebook though, the missing Optimus sproupt means that you can't use the NVidia card *at all*, which is still far worse than anything ATI forced me to do so far. I am using Bumblebee now, which is an awesome project, but the performance hit is something like 50% On the other hand, having the NVidia card running on this 2nd X server only means that I can have both KMS (on the Intel card) and he proprietary NVidia driver, which is pretty awesome

Changes taking effect immediately

Changes will not change the config file.

Print information about power states.
aticonfig --list-powerstates

Or, for us lazy folk, the shorter version is aticonfig --lsp

Set a power state to the lowest (battery friendly)
aticonfig --set-powerstate=1
  • Note: check out available power states using aticonfig --list-powerstates
  • Note: this option does not work when an external monitor is connected

Print information about connected and enabled monitors
aticonfig --query-monitor
deprecated by RandR

Examples how to enable two monitors on the fly
  • Assume you have two monitors already setup correctly (Dual monitor support at Ubuntuforums)
  • This example enable laptop internal monitor (lvds) and external monitor (crt1)
aticonfig --enable-monitor=lvds,crt1 --effective=now
  • Note: aticonfig --enable-monitor=STRING,STRING where STRING can be one of the following set, separated by commas: none,crt1,crt2,lvds,tv,tmds1,tmds2,auto.

Only 2 displays can be enabled at the same time. Any displays that are not on the list will be disabled.

  • Note: check out connected and enabled monitors using aticonfig --query-monitor

Turn off the second monitor on the fly and start to use only laptop internal monitor (lvds)
aticonfig --enable-monitor=lvds --effective=now

Swap monitors on the fly when using big desktop mode
aticonfig --swap-monitor --effective=now
  • Note: This only works for big desktop setup. This will swap the contents on the two monitors.

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Graphical Configuration

When instaling the propietary Ati linux driver, it also can install the Ati Catalyst Control Center. With this tool you can configure Ati's driver more easily.

Distribution Neutral Steps

Verifying | Configuring | Troubleshooting