I just changed to Ubuntu 11.10 and I have had a painful experience trying to configure the onboard VGA. I read a lot of articles here and in the web, looked everywhere, but I didn find a fix for it. Well, here goes my system specs:
- Processor: AMD Phenom II 1090T Six cores
- Memory: 4 GB of Ram
- Graphics: Radeon HD 4290 onboard (512 MB shared)
For my surprise, the system is very laggy, the windows move slow when I grab and move them around, the scroll of Firefox is not fluid, I tried some games and emulators to test, open-msx run games but not fluid, ScummVM is the same story. When I open more than one window then it became more slow, Xara XL and Gimp get laggy after I do some work with them (the more filters I apply, the more slow the O.S. gets).
Well, I tried the driver that came with the install, the proprietary driver from additional drivers, the last version of Catalyst from AMD web site (the driver installs, but when I try to use Catalyst it says there iś no driver installed), I unmarked VSync in CCSM, and nothing changed. In my System Info tab, the graphics appears as VESA:RS880, I read there is some options for the driver: VESA, ATI, RADEON, RADEON HD as far as I can remember, VESA is more compatible but doesn't have acceleration and RADEON has good 2D and 3D acceleration for the system, so I tried to install a radeon driver but my system couldn't be accessed anymore, so I had to format again.
Sorry for the big text, but I spent some days trying to figure it out, I read a lot of stuff, I looked here, to see if there was someone with the same problem and VGA I have, but couldn't find anything. What am I doing wrong? Is there any other driver to make my VGA works better? Am I using the wrong Ubuntu version? I use Xara XL, Gimp, Inkscape and Blender a lot, so I am very worried about this and I know that my specs can give much more than I have now.