Travelmate - easier than 855/915resolution

I have blogged about getting a new laptop, an Acer Travelmate 8204. I'm happy with it this far and have finally gotten around to actually installing Linux on it. The contestants where Suse and Kubuntu. Suse's installer failed to boot, so Kubuntu won the trust on walk over.

When trying the Kubuntu live CD I ran into the issue of screen resolutions - my odd widescreen could not be selected. Some of you (thanks!) wrote and told me about the 855resolution and 915resolution packages - and reading instructions for them intimidated me. Thus, I decided to first attempt to get the ATI drivers going. To do that, I used the following lines from the Ogre Wiki (thanks!):

sudo apt-get install xorg-driver-fglrx
echo fglrx | sudo tee -a /etc/modules
sudo sed -i -e 's/"vesa"/"fglrx"/' /etc/X11/xorg.conf
Press alt-backspace

The parts in italics where changed by me to get things working - and to save a reboot. Now all I have to do is to install svn, Qt 4 and QtopiaCore and I'm happy for tonight.


At 7:32 PM, Anonymous David Sutton said...

You chose the right option - the 855/915resolution options are for people who are using Intel based graphics cards.

At 7:52 PM, Blogger Johan Thelin said...

I figured that - strangely I got that tip from two different sources... well - now it works!

At 8:18 PM, Blogger Henrik Pauli said...

Odd as that is, the proprietary drivers (“fglrx”) work for me much less nicely than the free ones (“ati”) — I have a Radeon 9600 though.

At 7:23 AM, Blogger Johan Thelin said...

On my stationary computer I use the free ati driver. This is much due to the fact that the fglrx was not available for AMD64 systems when I got the computer. What I want to say is that I had no problems with it then - and perhaps that would have worked with the laptop as well - I just picked a guide that looked serious enough from Googling "ati driver kubuntu".


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