System Specifications :

hp compaq 6515b,business series

processor-AMD Turion 64 X2 Dual-Core Mobile Technology
tl-50,clk rate 1600 mhz
hardisk -80gb
ram -1.5gb
Video card features  ATI Radeon X1250
Video Memory Shared video memory (UMA)
Max Allocated RAM Size 512.0 MB

Issues :

Problem with the Graphical User Interface. System used to hang a lot. Moving and clicking with the mouse was a pain. Even there was a latency to browse the application menu. Firefox won’t run nicely. System usage was normal. System ran fine in CLI.

Suspected problem : Lack of ATI driver.

Measures taken :

*Installed Fedora 10

*Did ssh login to the target system from my laptop to do the post installation setup.

  • Installed the basic codecs, kernel packages and other necessary packages to make a kernel module from my local repo.

  • Configured rpmfusion on the system.

  • Did the following as root :

  • yum –enablerepo=rpmfusion-nonfree-updates-testing install akmod-fglrx xoiorg-x11-drv-fglrx xorg-x11-drv-fglrx-libs.i386

* Xorg -configure :1

* aticonfig –initial -f

* Edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf :

* Add the following sections or edit accordingly :

Section “Extensions”
Option “Composite” “Enable”

Section “ServerFlags”
Option “AIGLX” “on”

Section “DRI”
Mode 0666

Add the following lines to the Device Section

Option        “OpenGLOverlay” “off”
Option        “VideoOverlay” “on”

* mv /boot/initrd-uname -r.img /boot/initrd-uname -r.img.backup
mkinitrd -v /boot/initrd-uname -r.img  uname -r

* Edit the grub.conf file to add “nopat” and “nomodeset” as kernel arguments.

* Reboot the system. akmod will build the kmod-fglrx for the concerned kernel during this boot.

Results :

Target system was up and running. No more hangs and crashes in the GUI. Installed FEL Packages in the system. Running well.

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