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http://wiki.debian.org/ATIProprietary ; was Re (3): Laptop with external display running X11.

*	From: deloptes <deloptes@yahoo.com>
*	Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2011 01:25:16 +0100
> ... by installing the ati non-free. It's tricky but working well, 
> I've configured many pc's and notebooks with ati ...

In http://wiki.debian.org/ATIProprietary#Supported_Devices the link for Squeeze 
lists many Mobility Radeon adapters.  Unfortunately none are here.

root@whiterock:~# lspci | grep VGA
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Rage Mobility M3 AGP 2x
(rev 02)

What is a Rage?  With nothing further to suggest whether this adapter is supported 
I resorted to empiricism.  The instructions in http://wiki.debian.org/ATIProprietary 
lead here.

root@whiterock:~# modprobe -r radeon drm
root@whiterock:~# aticonfig --initial
aticonfig: No supported adapters detected

Is this reliable evidence that the proprietary driver won't work 
for this adapter?

If so, is purging packages fglrx-control and fglrx-driver enough 
to avoid any problems when another driver is tried?  Any advice 
about leaving or removing the linux-headers package?

What are the alternatives to ati proprietary?  By decreasing preference 
xserver-xorg-video-ati, xserver-xorg-video-geode, xserver-xorg-video-vesa?

Any point in trying xserver-xorg-video-radeon?

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