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Radeon 9000 Install on Ubuntu

Radeon 9000 Install on Ubuntu

Radeon 9000 Install on Ubuntu

Hi Everyone,

I have been googling the planet trying to find out how to install the Radeon 9000 drivers on my Ubuntu box. Note that this is NOT the mobile Radeon 9000!

I'm not too worried about running beryl or anything - I just want to be able to run America's Army and Alien Arena on my box - both of which run fine under windows on the same machine.

Can anyone give me some pointers on how to go about doing this?


RE: Radeon 9000 Install on Ubuntu

So i did sudo apt-get install build-essential and installed gcc 4.1 from the synaptec manager...

The ATI Driver is not compiling though. The error is ./bin/sh: gcc: command not found

I did a which gcc and nothing is returned.

any ideas?

RE: Radeon 9000 Install on Ubuntu

ok I got GCC installed

sudo apt-get remove gcc
sudo apt-get install gcc

built the drivers and everything. Unfortunately the line

sudo aticonfig --initial
sudo aticonfig --overlay-type=Xv

both failed. I tried editing the xorg.conf directly and did the reboot. An error came up on the reboot saying xserver couldn't be started. I reverted back to a backup that I made.

Still no video driver install....  

RE: Radeon 9000 Install on Ubuntu

When you say both lines fail, how do they fail?
Any error-messages that can help?

Did you try:


Configure the Driver

    * Note: An alternative to the aticonfig --initial command is to edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf and replace the string "ati" with "fglrx" in the "Device" section. This way you won't lose your old "Screen" and "Monitor" settings. Afterwards you can use aticonfig for setting overlay etc. I suggest that you do it the manual way if you patched the module, aticonfig --initial didn't work for me. Another alternative is aticonfig --initial --force
replacing "ati" with "fglrx" in xorg.conf, and restart X?

RE: Radeon 9000 Install on Ubuntu

I did try configuring the xorg.conf with the suggested changes. When I restarted X, I got a blue screen saying that the current video settings were wrong and X failed to start correctly.

At this point, I've had enough of ATI and I think I'm just going to go out and buy an NVidea card.

Thanks for all your help!

RE: Radeon 9000 Install on Ubuntu

Two last resorts to try...



sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg
and try with driver = ati or fglrx, and se if those works.

2- Last and more drastic...  make a backup of xorg.conf,
   and delete the original. Then restart gdm/kdm with


sudo /etc/init.d/gdm restart
X should then rebuild a default xorg.conf (according to other forums)
and you should get X up and running again.
This last one I'v never testet though...

But I agree with you, nVidia is a better choice, and the
R9000 is an old card isn't it?
winky smile

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