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

On Jo, 09 feb 12, 19:55:48, peasthope@shaw.ca wrote:
> *	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?

Wikipedia helps in such cases

> 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?

There surely is a list of supported chipsets somewhere, but it seems to 
me like this card is supported by xserver-xorg-video-r128. See also the 
description of xserver-xorg-video-ati ;)

Kind regards,
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