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  • Kubuntu, PlayOnLinux, & Steam

    Hi everyone, first post here.

    I just recently installed Kubuntu 11.10 64-bit on my HP Pavilion D7 laptop, due to Win7 taking a crap. I was curious if I could run my Steam games over Wine, so I used PlayOnLinux 4.0.14 to install Steam. I re-downloaded ESIV: Oblivion, and everything seemed to go well until I tried to play it. Even on the lowest settings and 800x600 resolution, there was massive video corruption and window flickering, and sound didn't work after the title screen.

    My HP Pavilion D7 has an AMD Turion II processor @ 2.4 GHz and an ATi Radeon HD 4530M discrete GPU, which could play Oblivion smoothly on medium settings and 1280x800 resolution while in Windows.

    Granted, I'm running the open-source radeon drivers that come with Kubuntu 11.10, and I know they're still immature.

    Are there any tricks or tweaks I can make to my currently existing setup to get a playable experience, whether it be to Kubuntu/ PlayOnLinux/ Wine/ Steam/ radeon drivers, or will I need to install the proprietary ATI driver to get Oblivion working? I like my desktop the way it is, and I'm more than a little concerned about the quality of my desktop experience if I switch to the closed drivers.

  • #2
    Install the proprietary driver. No discussion here. KDE works great with FGLRX, so you don't have to worry about desktop. Anyway, even if something goes wrong, you can always return to the open driver.


    • #3
      Hmm, dunno about the mobile stuff, but that game is well supported by Wine and based on the same engine as Fallout 3 which works well with r600g (at least on my Evergreen) so it could be worth investigating further before installing fglrx.


      • #4
        Hmm, I upgraded my default radeon/ mesa/ xorg drivers to the ones in Oibaf's PPA, but video output from Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion is still corrupted. Well, it's not as bad, guess.

        So..... what's the best way to install the current FGLRX driver? I figure I should revert to the default Kubuntu drivers first with PPA-purge, but what then? Do I just click on the "Additional Drivers" tab in the Kubuntu menu? Or is it better to use a third-party installer?