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Installing ATi Graphic Drivers

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I've got a bit of a problem since I'm a bit of a newbie when it comes to Linux, and installing stuff through command line interface.

 

Now I've got a ATi Radeon 9200 PRO and I can't find a tutorial regarding the installation of ATi/AMD Graphic Drivers, so help at this matter would be highly appreciated.

 

 

Joni Kosunen

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ATI should provide driver downloads and instructions on their website. Any directions that are tailored for Ubuntu 16.04 will work with the latest Bodhi release so long as they are not desktop specific (and installing a graphics driver shouldn't be).

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Installing ati drivers is a nightmare, rarely worth the trouble.

I doubt you gain much by doing so anyway, this card is 10 years old, no? 

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The card is about 14 years old, but sometimes I have to wait over 3 minutes while changing between desktops and I get some annoying lag spikes while moving tabs around, so I was hoping that installing drivers would get rid of those. Plus I can't run my Teamspeak3 server on the machine, as it displays me an error stating that I need graphic drivers.

 

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The desktop is normally not rendered by the graphic card unless composing is used. So the lag is probably caused by something else, not sure about the teamspeak issue but i dont see  why it would need graphic card drivers. 

 

Of course it could be that it needs 3D and the free drivers are unable to activate that. Type "glxgears" in terminal to check if 3D works at all. 

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I meant that when I move the tabs around it kind of shows multiple of them at the same time. I tried "glxgears" and it works and in the small window I'm getting around 60 fps and on fullscreen (1280x1024 pixels) around 30 fps. I know this is not the best graphics card, but I think this is not working properly.

But in the end all I need are instructions on how to install the drivers for this gpu (AGP slot btw).

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I tried "glxgears" and it works and in the small window I'm getting around 60 fps and on fullscreen (1280x1024 pixels) around 30 fps. I know this is not the best graphics card, but I think this is not working properly.

Note that you say it works properly but yet you think its not working properly. I dont see why you think that. 

Run "top" and check your cpu usage, my guess is that you cpu is too slow. 

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While running glxgear and doing normal use and cpu usage max was around 23% and average was 14%.

Memory usage max was 40% and average was 28%. I think the 2 possible things that could affect the performance are the speed and amount of RAM or the missing gpu drivers.

 

If you're interested the PC specs are:

 

CPU: AMD Athlon 64 3200+ 2.2 GHz

RAM: 512 MB DDR 400MHz

MaBo: Asus A8V-MX Socket 939

GPU: ATi Radeon 9200 PRO 128 MB

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That 500MB ram is just barely enough to make a modern pc function with web browsing/video.  Ram is cheap on ebay, especially the older styles of it.  I'd suggest upgrading to at least 2GB ram if possible.  Not having enough of it can cause a pc to rely on swap space on a HDD, which slows it down drastically.  This could also be part of your issue.

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