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Video: Ati Mobility Radeon HD 3470

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I have Mobility Radeon HD 3470 on my FW11ER laptop.

I’m on Ubuntu Intrepid alpha 4 now and while there is new X server, the official drivers from Ati desn’t work (this bug is already reported).

I have luck with installing radeonhd video driver, but it still have no 3D acceleration support with 2D at the same time, but for my work it’s just fine. Anyway it’s better than “ati” driver used by default in Intrepid. You need to compile version from git repository because 1.2.1 is not working, there is a bug with display detection.

You need this packages installed to be able compile it: build-essential, autoconf, autogen, automake, automake1.7, autotools-dev, xorg-dev, x11proto-dri2-dev, x11proto-xf86dri-dev, xserver-xorg-dev, mesa-common-dev and maybe some more =)

There is a guide about compilling and installation of radeonhd on x.org wiki.

Once you checkout git repository, the guide says that you need to configure before compiling with this command: ./autogen.sh, but for Ubuntu you need do it like this:
./autogen.sh --prefix /usr --libdir /usr/lib
sudo make install

Thats all at the moment, video is working.

UPD: The list of developer packaged needed before compiling:


Written by egaistek

September 8, 2008 at 20:34

Posted in Vaio

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  1. Hello,

    I just moved to intrepid alpha 6 on my FW190. The suspend now works in intrepid, but the frlxg is not supported and I lost 3D support. I tried installing the radeonhd driver but still no 3d support. Is there a way to make sure my system in using the radeonhd driver? I got it from the git repository and followed all the steps, (note I got errors when trying “./autogen.sh –prefix /usr –libdir /usr/lib” so i just did “./autogen” and then I could make)


    October 3, 2008 at 04:35

  2. radeonhd does not support 3D acceleration. In /etc/X11/xorg.conf you should change fglrx or ati to radeonhd


    October 3, 2008 at 08:34

  3. My xorg.conf barley has anything in it, I think alpha 6 changed the way the config is used?


    # This file was generated by dexconf, the Debian X Configuration tool, using
    # values from the debconf database.
    # Edit this file with caution, and see the xorg.conf manual page.
    # (Type “man xorg.conf” at the shell prompt.)
    # This file is automatically updated on xserver-xorg package upgrades *only*
    # if it has not been modified since the last upgrade of the xserver-xorg
    # package.
    # Note that some configuration settings that could be done previously
    # in this file, now are automatically configured by the server and settings
    # here are ignored.
    # If you have edited this file but would like it to be automatically updated
    # again, run the following command:
    # sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg

    Section “Device”
    Identifier “Configured Video Device”

    Section “Monitor”
    Identifier “Configured Monitor”

    Section “Screen”
    Identifier “Default Screen”
    Monitor “Configured Monitor”
    Device “Configured Video Device”

    ALSA drivers are also not working in intrepid, when i press test in sound settings I get this error “audiotestsrc wave=sine freq=512 ! audioconvert ! audioresample ! gconfaudiosink: Could not get/set settings from/on resource.”

    I might just do a fresh install of hardy and start from the begging


    October 3, 2008 at 14:46

  4. Yea, in alpha 6 many changes applied. I have not tested it yet. But sound works in alpha 4.


    October 10, 2008 at 22:16

  5. Yep, i experience the same issues with my sony vaio sr 19*.
    I’m runing opensuse 11.1 & radeonhd 1.2.4. Still waiting for 3d.. it’s kinda comfortable to use expose %)

    Nat Gadgibalaev

    February 17, 2009 at 00:03

  6. The look for your site is a bit off in Epiphany. Nevertheless I like your site. I might need to use a normal browser just to enjoy it.


    May 28, 2012 at 13:12

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