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Problems with Ubuntu 7.10 and the ATI Radeon X1600 drivers

Posted by fabriziogiudici on December 3, 2007 at 4:15 PM PST

For some reasons, I'd like to give my JavaPolis presentation with Linux Ubuntu rather than Mac OS X. But I have two showstoppers.

The former is related to my inability to activate the video signal to the external DVI connector, in order to properly drive a video projector. I've tried several hints from the internet, friends and workmates, with no luck so far. So I'm directly asking for a working xorg.conf file to anybody had ever done that with a MacBook Pro (first generation) and an ATI Radeon X1600.

The latter problem is due to the upgrade to the latest driver (version 7.11 according to the new numbering) - not yet distributed as a supported package, it needs to be compiled on the system. While it works pretty good and at last enabled the various Compiz effects, it also severely disrupted any JOGL application I'm using: the GLCanvas gets rendered with severe flickering and various odd artifacts. Too bad my presentation will include a couple of JOGL demos. If anybody tried this combination (MacBook Pro, ATI Radeon X1600, latest Ubuntu drivers, JOGL) and solved the problem, please get in touch.

As my love for Apple is dropping day by day and I'm using more often Linux for Java development, it's a pity that it still fails so blatantly in some areas. In particular the lack of a user-friendly UI tool for configuring the dual monitor is like shooting at one's feet, as it jeopardizes the efforts by people that would like to use Ubuntu for a presentation...

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