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I just checked, it only does nVidia.

You can try this: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...ht=ati+drivers
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well one of those worked using restricted drivers but max res atm is 1024x768 ...would it be easier to use and old nvidia card? I have an old mx 440

btw when trying to install ati drivers using the terminal I get a message saying you need to be on "super user" what is that
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well one of those worked using restricted drivers but max res atm is 1024x768 ...would it be easier to use and old nvidia card? I have an old mx 440

btw when trying to install ati drivers using the terminal I get a message saying you need to be on "super user" what is that
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and how do I do that ?

very new to ubuntu...
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and how do I do that ?

very new to ubuntu...
Don't be afraid to use the Ubuntu Forums!! It's a very friendly community and has an EXCELLENT beginners forum....

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=232059

http://ubuntuforums.org/forumdisplay.php?f=73

nVidia does seem to have better driver support than ATI.. But that is just my opinion... I would use Envy to install either....
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post #17 of 38
Need a higher resoloution? You can edit your xorg.conf file:

To do so- In a terminal (In accessories) do this:



sudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf
Enter your password
scroll down in the file untill you see something like this:


---------------------------------------------------------------------
Section "Screen"
Identifier"Default Screen"
Device"Generic Video Card"
Monitor"Generic Monitor"
Defaultdepth24
SubSection "Display"
Depth1
Modes"1024x768""800x600""640x480"
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Depth4
Modes"1024x768""800x600""640x480"
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Depth8
Modes"1024x768""800x600""640x480"
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Depth15
Modes"1024x768""800x600""640x480"
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Depth16
Modes"1024x768""800x600""640x480"
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Depth24
Modes"1680x1050" "1024x768""800x600""640x480"
EndSubSection
EndSection

-----------------------------------------------
Then in the colour depth you want to use (24 bit most likely) insert your resoloution like so. "1680x1050"
(Its just quotation marks, numbers, and an x)

If you can see, the 24 bit depth on mine is at the bottom. Add the resoloution you want- if you notice I put in "1680x1050" because by default I only had 1024x768...

Then close the file, saving it, and either restart the computer, or just X.
(The simple way to restart X is ctrl+alt+backspace. If it doesnt restart itself and goes to a terminal, type startx)


Hope this helps!
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and how do I do that ?

very new to ubuntu...
To be the root user in ubuntu you type sudo before every command that needs to be run as root.

The command line is simply the easiest way to do most of this..

For some reason I have ALWAYS needed to manually edited my xorg.conf file for my proper resoloution... It doesn't mean that the drivers aren't working.. It just means you need to edit the config file. No matter. It takes only seconds... (See above post for how to do that)


And although your ATI should work fine, Nvidia has ALWAYS had MUCH better linux support- its why I ONLY buy Nvidia. (Except in laptops when I cant choose)
post #19 of 38
For your res, like I said above... Boot to recovery mode and enter sudo dpkg-reconfigure --phigh xserver-xorg .... This will let you adjust your resolution and color depth without having to go through the rest of your xorg config.... then reboot (sudo reboot or sudo reboot now)

Good Luck...
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Thx for all the help gonna conntinue tomorrow getting late
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