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When I launch TF2 through steam all i see is a black screen. I am running 12.04 on an IBM thinkpad T42.

I have already tried adding

export LANG=C
export LC_NUMERIC=POSIX
export force_s3tc_enable=true

to /usr/bin/steam.

I am in windowed mode, I had the same problems when I was in full-screen. Here are the start up options I had on TF2

-window -dxlevel 85 -console -nojoy

output of lspci, this is the the full output just the output about graphics card

01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI RV200 [Mobility Radeon 7500]

When I go to Dash ---> Details it says my graphics are

R100 (RV200 4C57) x86/MMX/SSE2 TCL DRI2

Here is a question about installing drivers for my graphics card. How do I install the drivers for my Mobility Radeon ATI card?

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Hi,what kind of video card are you using. If you have an nvida or ATI card, make sure you use the nvidia binary drivers and not noveau. –  SirSid Feb 16 '13 at 20:17
    
@ SirSid I think I have an ATI card when I go to dash--> details it says my graphics are R100 (RV200 4C57) x86/MMX/SSE2 TCL DRI2 How do I see if I am using nvidia binary drivers –  wil Feb 16 '13 at 20:21
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try to move to textual mode and then back to graphic, helped me in another game. Do you hear the game while you have black screen? I did. read the follwong till the end before you try it, you shold know how to get back to graphic-mode (: To move to textual-mode, press Ctrl+Alt+F1, than press Ctrl+Alt+F7 (may be also F8). –  yinon Feb 16 '13 at 21:51
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When I started the game I heard some sounds at the beginning that I thought were the start up sound when I went to text based mode and back to graphical mode the game stayed black. –  wil Feb 17 '13 at 0:03
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I think it is ADM / ATI 01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI RV200 [Mobility Radeon 7500] –  wil Feb 17 '13 at 0:54

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You need OpenGL 3.0 to run TF2.

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I've had that same problem on an i3 desktop with Intel graphics. Sound was fine but the screen was all black. Simply reinstalling Ubuntu solved the problem. I know this is a harsh solution, but if your system has gone through many Ubuntu versions as mine had, some configurations might have gone off and the most sane thing you can do is a fresh install. Ironically, AMD cards are trickier to configure on Linux systems than nVidia ones.

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