I'm using Ubuntu 11.10 without the proprietary driver for ATI video cards and I like very much the performance.
My only need is activate power saving when I use the laptop with the battery. Thanks
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You have two options, both involve editing
gksu gedit /etc/init.d/ati-power-save
First method is called “dynpm” and the second method is called “profile” method.
Dynpm method is more modern and efficient but it might not work with some hardware combinations (like mine for example).
Add these lines:
#!/bin/sh # ATI power save echo dynpm > /sys/class/drm/card0/device/power_method
Power profile method is based on four power profiles you choose manually or at boot time using script like the one we are creating here. You can choose between 1. “default” 2. “auto” 3. “low” 4. “high”.
Add these lines to the file
#!/bin/sh # ATI power save echo profile > /sys/class/drm/card0/device/power_method echo low > /sys/class/drm/card0/device/power_profile
Save the script and make it executable
chmod a+x /etc/init.d/ati-power-save
See the blog for additional details.