I'm trying to find the best graphics card for my ATI Radeon HD 7730M card (My machine has hybrid graphics, should I worry about installing a suitable driver for the intel vga too ?) because I'm having a bad experience with the open source version. It's like lots of crossing lines appear for a very fast glimpse and then disappear instantly without a trace. It's nothing big, but it's not usual nor acceptable. This happens randomly, every few minutes.
Here is as much information I could gather about my vga card by running the following commands:
$ sudo lshw (Only relevant information is listed here):
*-display description: VGA compatible controller product: Chelsea LP [Radeon HD 7730M] vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] bus info: pci@0000:01:00.0 version: 00 clock: 33MHz capabilities: pm pciexpress msi vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom configuration: driver=radeon latency=0
$ Xorg -version
X.Org X Server 1.14.5 Release Date: 2013-12-12 X Protocol Version 11, Revision 0 Build Operating System: Linux 3.2.0-37-generic x86_64 Ubuntu Current Operating System: Linux MG-7520SE 3.11.0-15-generic #23-Ubuntu SMP Mon Dec 9 18:17:04 UTC 2013 x86_64 Kernel command line: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-3.11.0-15-generic.efi.signed root=UUID=fdebe919-101f-4bc7-84c1-f209c05c18c8 ro quiet splash acpi_osi=Linux acpi_backlight=vendor quiet splash vt.handoff=7 Build Date: 17 December 2013 10:06:15AM xorg-server 2:1.14.5-1ubuntu2~saucy1 (For technical support please see http://www.ubuntu.com/support) Current version of pixman: 0.30.2 Before reporting problems, check http://wiki.x.org to make sure that you have the latest version.
$ lspci -nnk
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller : Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] Chelsea LP [Radeon HD 7730M] [1002:682f] Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:0572] Kernel driver in use: radeon
man radeon (I can't find my card listed anywhere !)
SUPPORTED HARDWARE The radeon driver supports PCI, AGP, and PCIe video cards based on the following ATI/AMD chips (note: list is non-exhaustive): R100 Radeon 7200 RV100 Radeon 7000(VE), M6, RN50/ES1000 RS100 Radeon IGP320(M) RV200 Radeon 7500, M7, FireGL 7800 RS200 Radeon IGP330(M)/IGP340(M) RS250 Radeon Mobility 7000 IGP R200 Radeon 8500, 9100, FireGL 8800/8700 RV250 Radeon 9000PRO/9000, M9 RV280 Radeon 9200PRO/9200/9200SE/9250, M9+ RS300 Radeon 9100 IGP RS350 Radeon 9200 IGP RS400/RS480 Radeon XPRESS 200(M)/1100 IGP R300 Radeon 9700PRO/9700/9500PRO/9500/9600TX, FireGL X1/Z1 R350 Radeon 9800PRO/9800SE/9800, FireGL X2 R360 Radeon 9800XT RV350 Radeon 9600PRO/9600SE/9600/9550, M10/M11, FireGL T2 RV360 RV370 Radeon X300, M22 RV380 RV410 Radeon X700, M26 PCIe R420 R423/R430 Radeon X800, M28 PCIe R480/R481 RV505/RV515/RV516/RV550 Radeon X1300/X1400/X1500/X1550/X2300 R520 RV530/RV560 Radeon X1600/X1650/X1700 RV570/R580 RS600/RS690/RS740 Radeon X1200/X1250/X2100 R600 RV610/RV630 Radeon HD 2400/2600/2700/4200/4225/4250 RV620/RV635 Radeon HD 3410/3430/3450/3470/3650/3670 RV670 RS780/RS880 Radeon HD 3100/3200/3300/4100/4200/4250/4290 RV710/RV730 RV740/RV770/RV790 CEDAR Radeon HD 5430/5450/6330/6350/6370 REDWOOD JUNIPER Radeon HD 5750/5770/5830/5850/5870/6750/6770/6830/6850/6870 CYPRESS HEMLOCK Radeon HD 5970 PALM Radeon HD 6310/6250 SUMO/SUMO2 Radeon HD 6370/6380/6410/6480/6520/6530/6550/6620 BARTS Radeon HD 6790/6850/6870/6950/6970/6990 TURKS Radeon HD 6570/6630/6650/6670/6730/6750/6770 CAICOS Radeon HD 6430/6450/6470/6490 CAYMAN Radeon HD 6950/6970/6990 ARUBA Radeon HD 7000 series TAHITI Radeon HD 7900 series PITCAIRN Radeon HD 7800 series VERDE Radeon HD 7700 series OLAND Radeon HD 8000 series HAINAN Radeon HD 8000 series BONAIRE Radeon HD 7790 series KAVERI KAVERI APUs KABINI KABINI APUs
Now as far as I could get, fglrx stable version of the driver supports only up to version 1.13 of xserver and I'm running 1.14, so I'm trying to use the open-source one instead. I opened the system's settings dialog, opened the "Software & Updates" dialog from there and switched to the "Additional Drivers" tab, where I confirmed that I'm using the open source version of ati drivers. I suppose their website is this one.
Now the latest version on the mentioned site is 7. How can I verify that I'm using the latest version ?
Based on this answer, I installed the ppa repository for the open source driver and ran
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade, but nothing was downloaded. So I'm supposedly running the latest version, so how can I verify that ?