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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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  • Datum: 2010-10-11 13.48.39 CEST
  • Namn: Anders Carlsson
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  • Datum: 2010-10-11 17.09.32 CEST
  • Namn: Peter Krefting
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Nej, jag hade inget liggande, och fick inte tag på något att låna. Eftersom jag inte är så säker på att det är det som är felet ville jag inte köpa in ännu en bortkastad reservdel, det gjorde jag nog av förra gången jag hade datorhaveri för ett par år sedan (det som till slut resulterade i att den nu havererade datorn köptes in).

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