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AMD/ATI driver question

Posted on: Jun 26 2014 Category :Linux > Ubuntu Views: 981 | Subscribe


Hello!I am in the process of weening everyone off of Windows xp and moving over to Linux. I have used it at work and like it a lot. I have installed Ubuntu 14.04 and it loaded with relatively little trouble. I do, however, seem to be having some trouble with the video driver. My video card is a Radeon HD 3450. After the install, the driver that was shown in the About this Computer window was VESA:RV620, which I am not sure is the open source driver or just a generic driver. So, I went to AMD's website, and after some reading, downloaded Catalyst 13.1(the last version that supported my card) and proceeded to install. Bad idea. Afterwards, I could only get the login screen, and after putting in my password, would briefly get a black screen and would kick me back to the login screen. Did a reboot, and a ctrl-alt-F1 and was able to purge the fglrx drivers. Now, when i login, the driver that is listed is a Gallium 0.4 on llvmpipe(LLVM 3.4 128 bits). According to what I have read, this is software rendering driver. What can I do to get the appropriate open source driver installed? I can tell it is taxing my system somewhat as windows open slowly and scrolling in a browser window can be slow sometimes as well.


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