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Getting a new laptop soon with the ati mobility radeon hd 5650, and just wondering if the card will be supported (unofficially or oficially is all the same) by unity in natty?

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as with any new GPU the catalyst driver will support it –  Uri Herrera May 12 '11 at 3:45
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According to this post on the ArchLinux forums, the proprietary flgrx driver supports this card.

It should therefore work with Unity.

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I have the same GPU (Intel/ATI 5650, switchable graphics). Yours is similar probably.

AMD has a driver that supports switchable graphics:

http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/linux/Pages/radeon_linux.aspx (11.5 as of this edit)

I highly recommend using the instructions for your version of Ubuntu here:

http://wiki.cchtml.com/index.php/Ubuntu

I used the instructions for 11.04 Natty and Catalyst 11.5 and the installation was smooth and successful. I suggest reading the page thoroughly before proceeding so that you know how to recover in case something doesn't go well.

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can you confirm if this driver still works on 12.04 and if it is therefore useful to install the old proprietary driver instead of using vgaswitcheroo with the open ones? –  onse Apr 28 '12 at 8:00
    
on the page of the second link above: wiki.cchtml.com/index.php/Ubuntu_Precise_Installation_Guide. truth be told, I gave up on the drivers a long time ago and just use vgaswitcheroo now for Intel video, with the unfortunate side effect that I can't use my HDMI/MDP ports. I'll be more wary with the next laptop I purchase so I don't make the hybrid graphics mistake again –  Ryan May 7 '12 at 21:13
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