Edited by frogbong, 22 June 2010 - 04:10 PM.
Screen flickering using new distros
Posted 22 June 2010 - 03:37 PM
Posted 22 June 2010 - 06:56 PM
I'm wondering if anybody else has been experiencing constant and unpredictable screen flickering using these two (x86) distributions. My video-card is an AGP-based ATI Radeon 9800 pro and I'm almost convinced this is relevant to the issue. Maybe the video driver that these distros use just doesn't like my video card. The screen blanking at random intervals and these intervals are short so I can't these much faster distributions on my main-machine. Anyone else experience this problem?
Unless you have found that the video driver has a legit bug in it, this can be solved quite simply. I have not used Ubuntu 10.04 or Fedora 13 but video issues in Linux usually are attributed to a misconfiguration in the X Server. Edit your xorg.conf file to match the settings recommended for your video card. The flickering will stop unless, like I said, the video driver has a outstanding bug.
Hate to tell you RTFM but this is a RTFM moment.
Edited by MrAlk3, 22 June 2010 - 06:57 PM.
Posted 23 June 2010 - 07:35 PM
You could drop to using the VESA driver, but would loose all the 3D acceleration. I find that my display is only flickery at particular resolutions (using the VGA output), so you could try alternates screen sizes.
Posted 06 August 2010 - 09:35 PM
Btw, thanks for all the suggestions.
Posted 10 August 2010 - 11:55 AM
Posted 29 January 2011 - 03:57 AM
Posted 12 February 2011 - 02:54 AM
Same here and it's gone into Legacy under the ownership of AMD, meaning they do not update the driver anymore.
I had Ubuntu 8.04 on this box till 3 months ago and the 9800 Pro performed pretty good considering it's age.
Did a new install of 10.04 studio and the 9800 Pro was a 9800 Blow!
After much gnashing of teeth and rendering X unable to start several times I found the Vesa driver to be the best performer for this red headed stepchild of a graphics card.
I have several distros installed on the same computer with the Radeon 9800 Pro, multi-boot.
Fedora 14, same deal crappy results with the default driver.
Mepis 8.5 default install, very good.
Sabayon 5.4 works good, just not a fan of the O/S.
Back|Track 4 R2 performs ok.
Puppy 5.11 so, so.
Hope this helps.
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