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hey everyone,
i`ve finally started using Ubuntu 7.10 and i really like it
only i`ve got a real big problem now...i`ve tried to set-up my HD3870 and now my screen is all screwed up
i`m seeing everything 3 times now...all trough each other
pretty hard to use ubuntu now
any idea on how to fix that and how i can setup my HD3870 right?
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try removing the driver and reinstalling it - also, ive heard ATI + linux = problematic sometimes. try searching up your card and linux to see if there are any known issues.
    
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well...there`s the thing....i haven`t installed any drivers yet. just tried some things with the drivers that come standard with ubuntu...
stock it`s set at VESA or something. and ATI doesn`t have drivers for the HD3870 in Linux
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have you checked the restricted drivers?

system->administration->restricted drivers manager
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VESA should *work*with the card so you can at least get some form of display (VESA is a general wrapper for video hardware). The drivers from the Ubuntu repos are really old, so don't even think about using that Restricted Driver Manager... it won't work and will result in a black screen.

The latest 8.3 drivers from ATI support the card nicely, so get those and install them.

http://ati.amd.com/support/drivers/l...64-radeon.html

http://wiki.cchtml.com/index.php/Ubu...allation_Guide (use Method 2)

You can also just run the .run script instead of generating packages (like in the guide above); this works for me every time on my stock Gutsy and OpenSuse 10.3 installs, so it should work for you too. Just make sure you have all the dependencies installed first:

Code:
sudo apt-get install build-essential fakeroot dh-make debhelper debconf libstdc++5 dkms
... and if you're using a 64bit OS you will also have to install ia32-libs as well. Once all that is installed, travel to the directory where you downloaded the .run file to and run it:

Code:
sudo sh ati-driver-installer-8-3-x86.x86_64.run
... and follow the "automatic" installation. Let the installer fininsh, and once back in the terminal initialize the driver:

Code:
sudo aticonfig --initial
sudo aticonfig --overlay-type=Xv
... and reboot.

Another option for driver installation is to use Envy which will do everything for you.
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ahh...yeah...thats what i meant...hehe
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thanx a lot guys!
it works like a charm now
finally i`m able to use the visual effects...i must say...this makes vista look hiddeous
i love it
now on to the next problems
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Or you could have just set up your x.org to use the ati, radeon or fglrx drivers. I find nVidia a bit more Linux friendly but I have had some small experience with ATI under linux (Dell Vostro 1000 notebook).
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Or you could have just set up your x.org to use the ati, radeon or fglrx drivers. I find nVidia a bit more Linux friendly but I have had some small experience with ATI under linux (Dell Vostro 1000 notebook).
The radeon driver does not support the card. Once radeonHD is incorporated into the kernels then one could enjoy support "out-of-the-box"; if they manage to get 3D accel. going by the time, say, Hardy Heron comes out (AMD already released the necessary docs. for it) then things would be really awesome. For the fglrx driver to work you need to actually install it, since none of the major distros includes it by default (licensing issues).
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