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Installing ATI X1300 Raedon Mobility Display Driver in Ubuntu Edgy(6.10)

I was able to configure my graphics card (ATI X1300 Raedon Mobility) on my Dell Inspiron E1505 laptop from this nice link. However, I was bugged with the error "Xlib: extension "XFree86-DRI" missing on display ":0.0".". Then I found out that deactivating the composite extension in /etc/X11/xorg.conf would do the job.

Here's what I did from the beginning:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install xorg-driver-fglrx
sudo apt-get install linux-restricted-modules-2.6.17-10-generic
sudo depmod -a
sudo aticonfig --initial
sudo aticonfig --overlay-type=Xv

Now edit the /etc/X11/xorg.conf to include following three lines

Section "Extensions"
Option "Composite" "0"

Note: You need to have root privileges to edit this file. So use the command sudo vim /etc/X11/xorg.conf

Then add the following line to /etc/modules


Note: You need to have root privileges to edit this file. So use the command sudo vim /etc/modules

Finally press ALT+CTRL+Backspace to restart XServer

Type fglrxinfo in a terminal to verify your installation. You should see something like this

display: :0.0 screen: 0
OpenGL vendor string: ATI Technologies Inc.
OpenGL renderer string: ATI Mobility Radeon X1300 Generic
OpenGL version string: 2.0.6011 (8.28.8)

Now it's DONE :)


  1. ihave error mssg when i write
    # aticonfig --initial

    No protocol specified
    Data incomplete in file /etc/X11/xorg.conf
    Device section "Configured Video Device" must have a Driver line.
    aticonfig: Parsing the configuration file failed.
    The above error messages are reported from XFree86 and may assist you in
    diagnosing the problem with your configuration input file. Try use -f option
    to generate a new configuration file.

  2. if i wrote
    #apt-get install linux-restricted-modules-2.6.17-10-generic

    have error mssg,
    E: Couldn't find package linux-restricted-modules-2.6.17-10-generic

  3. Omenz, I am assuming that you are using the exact version of Ubuntu and ATI card. If so please check whether you have enabled restricted driver repositories in your /etc/apt/sources.list

    Most probably this may be the problem.

  4. thank you so much! this is exactly what I needed and it worked like a charm. you rock!