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Back when I first tried to switch from Windows to Ubuntu (6-7 months ago) I had several graphics related problems. The VGA was overheating, graphic glitches, video playing issues, slow/choppy window movements etc. After 2-3 reinstalls, hours of playing with different drivers/settings I decided to return to Windows :\

Now I want to give it another shot. But before I start to format, partitioning, backup and other time consuming stuff I wanted to ask if anyone using the 12.04 with HD 6950. Can I utilize the full potential of it, or the drivers are still not good enough?

I know that Linux isn't meant to play games in the first place, but the games I playing (SC2, BLC, HoN, DotA 2) are working with wine as far as I know (or aren't?) and I can't find any reason not to switch from Windows if I can utilize the full potential of my config in Ubuntu.

So anyone who got experiences with this VGA in Ubuntu please reply. Thanks in advance :)

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I use this GPU in my machine (dual boot windows and Ubuntu) but do not play any games with it (I leave that to Windows for now). I don't have any issues with over heating or glitches, everything is smooth; the fans seem to spin up when warm and down when cool so everything should be fine for you.

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thanks for your answer :) which driver do you use? I hope I won't burn the VGA, because even when I boot the installer from the CD, I can feel that the card is much warmer than in windows. – Midori May 10 '12 at 16:37
I use the stable version of CCC :) works fine for me, but I can't comment on the performance as the most it does on Ubuntu for me is youtube :) – Ross Fleming May 10 '12 at 21:03

I just found this on the ATI website:

I haven't tried it yet but it can be the answer for ur problem ;) best of luck

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Welcome to Ask Ubuntu! Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. If your recommendation is simply to download and install the driver pointed to by the link, I recommend making that clear in your answer, and also explaining how to do so if you believe anyone may experience any difficulty. – Eliah Kagan Jun 16 '12 at 10:13

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