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Hi everyone,

I recently salvaged a desktop pc (see specs here: http://forum.peppermintos.com/index.php/topic,2025.msg19692.html#msg19692)

It has a graphics card in it (I am not sure if it is PCI express or AGP):

Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] RV730 PRO [Radeon HD 4650]
X.Org: 1.16.0 drivers: ati,radeon (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: 1280x1024@60.0hz
GLX Renderer: Gallium 0.4 on AMD RV730 GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 10.3.2

I tried to install:
sudo apt-get install mesa-vdpau-drivers-lts-utopic
according to something I read in this thread: http://forum.peppermintos.com/index.php/topic,1922.0.html

But I don't know if it's working, as I can't see that any Proprietary drivers are in use.

What is the proper way to install and use the drivers for my card?
« Last Edit: June 25, 2015, 02:40:12 pm by 10i »
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Re: Radeon Graphics card - how to install propritary drivers
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2015, 02:20:03 pm »
Did you try Menu > Preferences > Additional Drivers to see if there was a proprietary driver listed for your card?  That's the best way to install proprietary graphics drivers on an Ubuntu-based Linux system.

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Re: Radeon Graphics card - how to install propritary drivers
« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2015, 02:50:14 pm »
OK what's the output from:
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sudo lshw -C display

@scifidude79

Yes he did in the other topic .. nothing listed.

So I'm wondering if its AGP (AMD don't do Linux drivers fro thee AGP model .. but I have a feeling that's listed as [4600] not [4650] though I could be wrong)
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Re: Radeon Graphics card - how to install propritary drivers
« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2015, 03:19:13 pm »
This:
http://www.foxconnchannel.com/ProductDetail.aspx?T=motherboard&U=en-us0000417
supports the idea that the ATI card is PCIe

But it also says the MoBo has an inbuilt Intel GMA 3100 graphics card.

Can we have the output from:
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sudo lshw -C display
as requested above

and preferably a photo of the back, pointing out which socket you're using for graphics
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Re: Radeon Graphics card - how to install propritary drivers
« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2015, 03:27:39 pm »
@scifidude79

Yes he did in the other topic .. nothing listed.

So I'm wondering if its AGP (AMD don't do Linux drivers fro thee AGP model .. but I have a feeling that's listed as [4600] not [4650] though I could be wrong)

Oh, another one of those where you have to have read other topics to know things.  I obviously missed that particular post.
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Re: Radeon Graphics card - how to install propritary drivers
« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2015, 02:09:27 pm »
OK what's the output from:
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sudo lshw -C display

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sudo lshw -C display
  *-display               
       description: VGA compatible controller
       product: RV730 PRO [Radeon HD 4650]
       vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI]
       physical id: 0
       bus info: pci@0000:01:00.0
       version: 00
       width: 64 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: pm pciexpress msi vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom
       configuration: driver=radeon latency=0
       resources: irq:46 memory:d0000000-dfffffff memory:fdae0000-fdaeffff ioport:be00(size=256) memory:fda00000-fda1ffff
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You are correct, the motherboard does have onboard graphics (which at the moment has nothing plugged into it).
I have got it plugged into the graphics card (the pci express one) via a VGA cable.

I want to connect via a HDMI cable when I get my new monitor / TV.
The graphics card has a VGA, HDMI and a DVI port.

At the moment everything works, so maybe we should just leave it at that?
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Re: Radeon Graphics card - how to install propritary drivers
« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2015, 02:38:17 pm »
If everything is working using the open source driver, I personally wouldn't mess with it.  Since it's not covered by the current drivers in the repositories, you'd have to hunt down a compatible driver and then go through the hassle of installation, when it may not even make things any better.  It could even make things worse, if the driver has conflicts with the current kernel or anything else on the system.

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Re: Radeon Graphics card - how to install propritary drivers
« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2015, 02:39:42 pm »
If everything is working using the open source driver, I personally wouldn't mess with it.  Since it's not covered by the current drivers in the repositories, you'd have to hunt down a compatible driver and then go through the hassle of installation, when it may not even make things any better.  It could even make things worse, if the driver has conflicts with the current kernel or anything else on the system.

Thanks, let's not break anything ;)
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Re: Radeon Graphics card - how to install proprietary drivers (solved)
« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2015, 02:48:04 pm »
No problem.   8)