Install ATI driver

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Reason: your computer will work without this driver, however in order to get 3D acceleration that is used mostly by games you need to install this driver.

Starting with MEPIS 8.5, the MEPIS X-Windows Assistant does not have an option to install the ATI drivers. Thus, the recommended way to install is to use the sgfxi script.


NOTE: You must have an active Internet connection before proceeding. If you have an older card check ATI.com [1] to see if it is supported. If your driver is on the Linux list then it is supported. Click on Linux x86 as the operating system and then find your card.

Installing the ATI Driver

  1. Go to KStartMenu > Run Command...
    1. In Mepis version 6.0 or earlier, type in kdesu mutilities
    2. In Mepis 6.5 type in kdesu mxconfig
  2. Click on Mouse and Display.
  3. Go to ATI tab.
  4. Put an X in the box next to "Official ATI fglrx Driver" and then click Apply in the lower right hand corner.
  5. Wait till the driver is downloaded, on slow connection be prepared to wait about 1 hour.
  6. Restart computer when done.

How to repair, in case KDE refuses to start (computer only boots to a text prompt)

If you have a SimplyMEPIS 6.0 or earlier LiveCD:

  1. Boot SimplyMEPIS LiveCD
  2. Log in as root ( password=root)
  3. Go to KStartMenu > Run Command... and type in kdesu mutilities
  4. When the MEPIS utilities comes up, click on "Reinstall X config" and then select the partition that your linux is installed and click apply.
  5. Reboot and the original X.org configuration will be installed (the very first display driver you had before setting up your ATI card).

If you have a SimplyMEPIS 6.5 LiveCD:

  1. Boot SimplyMEPIS LiveCD
  2. Log in as root ( password=root)
  3. Go to KStartMenu > Run Command... and type in kdesu mxconfig
  4. When the MEPIS utilities comes up, click on the Repair tab and then select from the drop-down menus:
    1. Destination Disk --the hard drive where your MEPIS is installed, and
    2. Root Partition -- the root partition where MEPIS is installed on the "Destination" disk.
  5. Click apply.
  6. Reboot and the original X.org configuration will be installed (the very first display driver you had before setting up your ATI card).


More ATI info:

  1. ATI Radeon howto [2]
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