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Installing The Avivo Driver On Ubuntu

Michael Larabel

Published on 15 July 2007
Written by Michael Larabel
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If everything went well, the Avivo X.Org driver will have been installed. However, the xorg.conf needs to be manually updated to reflect the newly installed driver. After opening your xorg.conf in gedit or your favorite text editor, the driver in the graphics card's device section needs to be set to avivo (from vesa or fglrx).

sudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf

At this time, you'll also need to add the following lines to the xorg.conf as well, to prevent errors when starting X since the Avivo driver doesn't currently support AIGLX.

Section "Extensions"
      Option "Composite" "Disable"
EndSection

Section "ServerFlags"
      Option "AIGLX" "Off"
EndSection

Chances are you'll want to enable Shadow Framebuffer support. Shadow Framebuffer allows rendering to be done in memory in the shadow framebuffer. Enabling this option can dramatically increase the performance of the Avivo driver and would be recommended. Add theShadowFB option to the device section in the xorg.conf where the avivo alteration was made.

Option "ShadowFB" "On"

After the xorg.conf has been updated, restart X.Org and you should be good to go with an open-source ATI Radeon X1000 display driver. Eventually, this driver will also support the Radeon HD 2000 series. The Avivo driver also works with RandR 1.2 for dynamic display support.

In the event you run into any problems with the Avivo driver, be sure to stop by the Phoronix Forums for assistance. We'll be delivering additional findings on this new driver at Phoronix as they develop.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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