As I have complained several times before, I have problems with my ATI Technologies Inc M52 [ATI Mobility Radeon X1300] card on IBM/Lenovo T60 (don't you just love those company name changes?!)
I have been tracking two git repositories for drivers:
Older reverse engineering effort to which I contributed PCI ID of my card
Newer effort based on AMD specification which developers from Novell received ahead of rest of Open Source community
Last time I reviewed the problem, both of those drivers where broken for my box.
This time, I must report that avivo driver is now finding my card, and in fact, I'm typing this blog post using it :-)
Even xrandr is reporting something which seems sane:
Screen 0: minimum 320 x 200, current 1400 x 1050, maximum 1400 x 1400 VGA unknown connection 1280x800+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 0mm x 0mm 1280x800 60.0* 1280x768 60.0 1024x768 60.0 800x600 60.3 640x480 59.9 LFP connected 1400x1050+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 305mm x 228mm 1400x1050 60.0*+ 50.0 1280x1024 59.9 1280x800 60.0 1280x768 60.0 1024x768 60.0 800x600 60.3 640x480 60.0 59.9
I will have to plug in external monitor to test this out! /me happy
OOH, radeon-hd is showing just blank screen. So, don't give up upon avido driver yet!
The most useful hint for testing drivers from git is to simply do:
ln -sf /usr/lib/xorg/ /usr/local/lib/xorg
because both of those drivers have tendency to install into /usr/local by default (which is good), but then Debian installed Xorg won't find it. I could have done ./configure --prefix=/usr, but autogen.sh in git repository doesn't have that, and who wants to thing about small things all the time?!