So, long story short. I have a ThinkPad T60P, non-widescreen edition. I run Ubuntu 7.10 Gustry on it (after Windows did a suicide on its self).
It features a Mobility Radeon FireGL V5200 (the Widescreen models may use a V5250 – you’ve been warned) . Out of the box, the last fglrx driver to support this card is 8.35. Yes, the FireGL driver doesn’t support FireGL cards anymore, so says the top-notch driver division at ATI.
The 8.35 driver has some important breakages:
- Can’t suspend or resume (on Kernels with a SLUB allocator, like Ubuntu)
- Can’t hibernate (ditto)
- Weird things happen when you’re dual monitored and start X without a monitor connected.
But, perhaps the 8.42.3 driver, hot off the presses, fixes some of that right? I sought to find out.
The biggest hurdle is 8.42.3 doesn’t support FireGL cards. Ooops. But thanks to these forum posts and mini-patch, it is possible to use the card. For the record, I’m using the provided defaults for CARDIDs.
Next up, you have to grab a 8.35 installer packet, extract it (–extract), and then copy common/ati/control over /etc/ati/control, or you’re forever running around with a fantastic watermark in the right corner (whoever thought that was a great idea at ATI deserves to get shot).
So, after mucking with it for an hour, I’ve concluded
- Suspend works, but resume does not, when in multiple monitor mode (wtf)
- Ditto for hibernate
- Compiz runs, but doesn’t really work well at all.
This is in stark contrast to the NVidia-GLX driver, which I use on my desktop, and is a fantastic piece of work, never breaks, and delivers outstanding performance.
Maybe 8.42.4… Or RadeonHD. Or just buy a new laptop with n Nvidia card.