Debian Linux: Squeeze ATI Fire GL T2 Thinkpad R50p xorg.conf with 3D

Problem: Squeeze Kernel does not Support older ATI chips with fglrx

Solution:  edit  with sudo nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf  and paste

(Remark: use Driver „ati“ for 3D , use „radeon“ for sometimes faster flashvideos)

Section "ServerLayout"
  Identifier     "X.org Configured"
  Screen      0  "Screen0" 0 0
  InputDevice    "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
  InputDevice    "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
EndSection

Section "Files"
  ModulePath   "/usr/lib/xorg/modules"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/X11/misc"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/X11/cyrillic"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/X11/100dpi/:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/X11/75dpi/:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/X11/Type1"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/X11/100dpi"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/X11/75dpi"
  FontPath     "/var/lib/defoma/x-ttcidfont-conf.d/dirs/TrueType"
  FontPath     "built-ins"
EndSection

Section "Module"
  Load  "extmod"
  Load  "dri2"
  Load  "record"
  Load  "dbe"
  Load  "glx"
  Load  "dri"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
  Identifier  "Keyboard0"
  Driver      "kbd"
  Option      "xkblayout" "de"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
  Identifier  "Mouse0"
  Driver      "mouse"
  Option      "Protocol" "auto"
  Option      "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
  Option      "ZAxisMapping" "4 5 6 7"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
  Identifier   "Monitor0"
  VendorName   "Monitor Vendor"
  ModelName    "Monitor Model"
EndSection

Section "Device"
        VendorName  "ATI Technologies Inc"
        BoardName   "M10 NT [FireGL Mobility T2]"
        BusID       "PCI:1:0:0"
        Option      "AGPMode" "4"
        Option      "EnablePageFlip" "True"
        Identifier      "ATI FireGL T2"
        Driver          "ati"
        VideoRam        131072
        Option          "UseFBDev"      "off"
        Option          "MergedFB"      "off"
        Option          "AGPMode"       "4"
        Option          "AccelDFS"      "on"
        Option          "DynamicClocks" "on"
        Option          "XAANoOffscreenPixmaps" "true"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
  Identifier "Screen0"
  Device     "Card0"
  Monitor    "Monitor0"
  SubSection "Display"
    Viewport   0 0
    Depth     1
  EndSubSection
  SubSection "Display"
    Viewport   0 0
    Depth     4
  EndSubSection
  SubSection "Display"
    Viewport   0 0
    Depth     8
  EndSubSection
  SubSection "Display"
    Viewport   0 0
    Depth     15
  EndSubSection
  SubSection "Display"
    Viewport   0 0
    Depth     16
  EndSubSection
  SubSection "Display"
    Viewport   0 0
    Depth     24
  EndSubSection
EndSection

Thinkpad R50p ATI xserver hanging freeze sometimes Debian Lenny

Hardware: R50p with ATI Graphic 128MB
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc M10 NT [FireGL Mobility T2] (rev 80)
System: Debian Lenny 5.0
Driver: fglrx

Solution:
– install cpufrequtils #sudo apt-get install cpufrequtils
– edit #nano /etc/initrd/cpufrequtils
– change line „ondemand“ to „performance“
– check System #dmesg
– System show „unstable clocksource“ last line
– edit #sudo nano /etc/boot/menu.lst
– add to Kernelparametes line
/vmlinuz-2.6.26-2-686 root=/dev/hda3 ro quiet vga=normal clocksource=acpi_pm
..reboot

This will run System on max. Speedstep and Videos does’nt hang X-Server.
Should help on other Thinkpads to with ATI Chip’s

Review and Testing Ubuntu 10.04 on Thinkpad R50p

Today i setup Ubuntu 10.04 on my old Thinkpad R50p

Short Review:

  1. console-kit-daemon more than 30 threads unsolved bug since 9.04 – bad –
  2. fast nice easy Setup Dialog – good –
  3. does not Support fglrx ATI 3D Drivers – bad –
  4. fast Boot
  5. new Gui-Desktop with changed Window Buttons on left – bad –
  6. NO HUMAN Theme Design now its purple „New AGE Design“ – very bad –
  7. ALL Drivers work out of the box – good –
  8. faster Operation on same Hardware – good –
  9. faster Opensource Madwifi Driver (ath5k) – good –
  10. NO TEXT BOOT MODE!! remove Bootsplash „plymouth“ replace Custom-„mountall“

Conclusion:
If you have free time and free disk space you should try the new Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx.
It comes with some good new Programs for social Communication. If you want speedup
the boot remove „plymouth“ the new Boot Splash replaces usplash but be ware you must
replace „mountall“ with a special mountall paket!! go ubuntu-bugs to get it here
https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/mountall/+bug/556372
This allows you to run lucid without Bootsplash much faster!! (like Server)

Thinkpad R50p ATI xserver hanging freeze sometimes Debian Lenny

Hardware: R50p with ATI Graphic 128MB
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc M10 NT [FireGL Mobility T2] (rev 80)
System: Debian Lenny 5.0
Driver: fglrx

Solution:

  1. install cpufrequtils
    #sudo apt-get install cpufrequtils
  2. edit
     #nano /etc/initrd/cpufrequtils
  3. change line „ondemand“ to „performance“
  4. check System
    #dmesg
  5. System show „unstable clocksource“ last line
  6. edit
     #sudo nano /etc/boot/menu.lst
  7. add to Kernelparametes line /vmlinuz-2.6.26-2-686 root=/dev/hda3 ro quiet vga=normal clocksource=acpi_pm
  8. ..reboot

This will run System on max. Speedstep and Videos does’nt hang X-Server.
Should help on other Thinkpads to with ATI Chip’s