I'm new to Ubuntu, it is the second time I have installed it. This comp is Dell studio 1558. Some specs: CPU- Intel core i7 Q720 1. 6GHz, GPU- ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5400
FGLRX- I've fallowed these instructions among inspecting many others, I have tried all of the variants mentioned in that tread before reverting back to the drivers supplied with Ubuntu ( through additional drivers ) which apparently seem to work best.
I am testing them with minecraft as silly as it may sound. In 2 to 60 minutes the FPS drop from 70+ to somewhere between 0 and 5. While "fgl_glxgears" runs at between 400 and 800 FPS smoothly.
I am using Oracle ( sun ) JRE6 to run minecraft, I have gotten it through a tutorial linked on Oracle's website, I currently have no other version of java installed ( was worse when I had a few others here ). After closing the game Ubuntu is similarly slow, I've checked the CPU load using System Monitor and it shows one of the CPU's jumping to 80%~100% load at a time. A reboot solves it.
I realize my mess is up to me to solve but a hand is always appreciated.