ATI’s drives are still garbage
Published: Saturday 2010-10-09.
My old computer crashed, at first I thought it was the hard disk, but the machine displayed the same behaviour with a new disk, so I ended up buying myself a new one. It arrived the other day, and apparently the old disk was working just fine, I have been able to copy over all my old data to the new computer without any problems. I wonder if there still are PC repair shops that check (almost) home-built machines? I will have to look around.
To get the price of the new computer down a bit I bought one with an integrated video card. It seems to have been a bad move, because ATI’s drivers are still crap. I run the stable release of Debian, so I have a fairly old X system, which did not recognise the card. Thus I tried installing the driver (fglrx) from AMD’s home page, but it freezes the screen after a couple of minutes. Everything else works, including logging in to the machine from the outside for running software or rebooting it, but that is not quite what I bought a new computer to do (at least not exclusively). I have now found a guide on how to build your own driver, perhaps it works better.
Update: Building the open source driver was impressively simple, and it has worked like clockwork. 1-0 to free software.
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