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#1 iamroot

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Posted 11 March 2005 - 03:21 AM

I'm currently quite interested in this Dell notebook for my school use but I'm not sure whether the hardware is compatible with GNU/Linux. The config is:

Intel Pentium M 715 1.5 Ghz, 2 MB L2 Cache, 400 Mhz FSB
Intel PRO?Wireless 2200 Network Connection 802.11b/g
15.4" Ultrasharp Wide Screen XGA TFT Display
512 MB DDR-2 SDRAM
60 GB HDD
24x CD burner/DVD Combo drive
64MB DDR ATI Mobility Radeon X300

I've heard that thereisnt any driver support for mobility radeons on GNU/Linux. Is it true? Pls help.

#2 mrvladimir

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Posted 01 May 2005 - 11:32 PM

I have that notebook, and currently, Debian (Sarge) is choking on the video card and the screen. I'll be searching many forums for a fix to this, and if I do find something, I'll post it here.

#3 danleff

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Posted 02 May 2005 - 11:09 AM

See the ATI Linux driver release notes located here.

They do not mention support for this card.

#4 mrvladimir

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Posted 13 May 2005 - 11:05 PM

Well, after much fiddling and cursing, I figured out how to install Xorg on the system. Following that, the thing booted normally, and can run all sorts of resolutions, including the native "1280x800", so the screen doesn't look all shady. Thank you, Xorg!

#5 iamroot

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Posted 14 May 2005 - 11:13 AM

Is the ATI Radeon X300 compatible with the ATI GNU/Linux driver?

#6 martouf

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Posted 16 May 2005 - 06:02 AM

yes. even accelerated using the xorg radeon driver.
no need to use the ati drivers if you don't want to..

tested with ubuntu, knoppix, suse livecd, and simplymepis.
it's important to manually select your screen resolution from
the boot menu.

i have a latitude d600.


#7 iamroot

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Posted 16 May 2005 - 09:22 AM

Hmm. I thought the default video drivers doesnt have hardware acceleration?

#8 martouf

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Posted 17 May 2005 - 07:13 AM

tested with tux racer (accel required) with simplymepis.

#9 iamroot

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Posted 17 May 2005 - 09:10 AM

Wow. That's new. My Nvidia card doesnt have hardware acc with the default drivers.




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