So here's the problem. I have a rather old laptop, bought it in 2007. It's an Acer Aspire 5100-5023 if that means anything to anyone. It has an integrated graphics card, ATI Radeon Xpress 1100. ATI (I guess AMD now) no longer provides legacy support for this card.
Now I have Ubuntu 12.10. It has xorg 1.13. Unity wont run correctly with out that version of xorg. However, any existing catalyst drivers aren't compatible with xorg 1.13. The OpenGl drivers I currently have seem to be sufficient for my usualy activities. Any graphics problems encountered thus far have been tolerable, I'm even at 1920x1080 resolution (I have a monitor attached, the built in screen on my laptop could never dream to do that. It's really a dinosaur now.)
The problem arises when I try to run games. Particularly I've been trying to run Starcraft 2 through PlayOnLinux which is a front end for Wine. I have to enable the debugger to see what's wrong and it points to OpenGl not being able to render a 3d environment. Particularly
err:winediag:wined3d_dll_init The GLSL shader backend has been disabled. You get to keep all the pieces if it breaks. But that's irrelevant information to my problem.
SO here's my question: What is the best alternative graphics driver for my graphics card? The proprietary drivers are not compatible with the current version of xorg while OpenGl drivers are inefficient. There are probably people working on creating a compatible driver, but I figure I'd ask to see if there are any projects out there for creating the driver that I so need.
Chances are there are other older graphics cards that are in need of compatible drivers. With such a need there is bound to be a solution.
This information may or may not be relevant. The output of
dmesg | grep -i radeon is
[ 64.010927] [drm] radeon defaulting to kernel modesetting. [ 64.010933] [drm] radeon kernel modesetting enabled. [ 64.011036] radeon 0000:01:05.0: power state changed by ACPI to D0 [ 64.011042] radeon 0000:01:05.0: power state changed by ACPI to D0 [ 64.012906] radeon 0000:01:05.0: VRAM: 256M 0x0000000070000000 - 0x000000007FFFFFFF (256M used) [ 64.012911] radeon 0000:01:05.0: GTT: 512M 0x0000000080000000 - 0x000000009FFFFFFF [ 64.012954] [drm] radeon: irq initialized. [ 64.022849] [drm] radeon: 256M of VRAM memory ready [ 64.022852] [drm] radeon: 512M of GTT memory ready. [ 64.053820] [drm] radeon: 3 quad pipes, 1 z pipes initialized. [ 64.074991] radeon 0000:01:05.0: WB enabled [ 64.075003] radeon 0000:01:05.0: fence driver on ring 0 use gpu addr 0x0000000080000000 and cpu addr 0xf04fe000 [ 64.799739] [drm] radeon: ring at 0x0000000080001000 [ 64.812571] [drm] radeon legacy LVDS backlight initialized [ 64.812576] [drm] Radeon Display Connectors [ 64.814687] [drm] radeon: power management initialized [ 65.090504] fbcon: radeondrmfb (fb0) is primary device [ 65.090827] fb0: radeondrmfb frame buffer device [ 65.090840] [drm] Initialized radeon 2.18.0 20080528 for 0000:01:05.0 on minor 0
The output of
sudo lshw -c display is
*-display description: VGA compatible controller product: RS482 [Radeon Xpress 200M] vendor: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI physical id: 5 bus info: pci@0000:01:05.0 version: 00 width: 32 bits clock: 66MHz capabilities: pm vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom configuration: driver=radeon latency=66 mingnt=8 resources: irq:17 memory:c0000000-cfffffff ioport:9000(size=256) memory:b0100000-b010ffff memory:b0120000-b013ffff
Also when I go to see the graphic's menu under system information it said that the driver was unknown. However, this time when I went to check it it said "Gallium 0.4 on ATI RS480 " while earlier today it was unknown. I don't know if this has something to do with me playing around with playonlinux or a recent update.