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(In reply to comment #65)
> I guess it's academic for me, at this point, though -- I've long since
> moved on, since I had to keep working and current, and the old driver
> was dropped.
> If you're reading this bug and have this issue, it's been open for
> nearly three years, and isn't likely to be fixed, as far as I can tell.
> If 3d acceleration is important to you, it's almost definitely worth it
> to get some hardware that is better supported.  I went with Intel
> graphics -- there's a lot less likelihood that support will be dropped
> for that, since Intel's more helpful than ATI regarding open-source
> drivers for their graphics hardware.

Well, Brian, its true regarding older hardware, lets not be blind about
all the post x1*** - 6*** cards, they are actually okay.

Also, "3D is important" is a bit exaggerated, because 3D pipeline and
*everything* except this bug work really fine. There are many factors in
play on modern desktop for it to "just work", but this only one bug
really damages it.

On the other hand, its so damn shame that no one wants to give a look,
even if offered full remote access to affected machine, in do what you
want, ask what you wish, mode. :(

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  [rs690m] [Gateway] Graphics corruption with ati x1200

Status in The Linux Kernel:
Status in X.org XServer - ATI gfx chipset driver:
  Fix Released
Status in “linux” package in Ubuntu:

Bug description:
  This bug has been around for a bit over a year now, and has gotten rather long, so this is a brief summary.
  There is a memory corruption issue that affects users of the rs690m, to varying degrees.
  For many most people, it makes the desktop unusable.

  Workaround:   *Note: This is a workaround, not a fix.  It will give you a usable system.
  [Natty]: Regression: This workaround now only provides 2d/software rendering, and one must either:
     * Choose choose the "Ubuntu Classic" session from the GDM Login screen
     * Install the "unity-2d" package.  
  sudo su
  echo options radeon modeset=0 > /etc/modprobe.d/radeon-kms.conf
  Note that this doesn't totally fix the issue, but brings your desktop to a workable state.

  Freedesktop.org has dealt with one bug having to do with graphics corruption on the rs690m.  That bug has been fixed, but the issue of graphics corruption in general has not been resolved.  A new bug has been opened with freedesktop.org to continue pushing through the resolution of this issue.

  ProblemType: Bug
  DistroRelease: Ubuntu 10.04
  Package: xorg 1:7.5+3ubuntu1
  ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.32-19.28-generic
  Uname: Linux 2.6.32-19-generic i686
  Architecture: i386
  Date: Tue Apr  6 12:58:29 2010
  DkmsStatus: Error: [Errno 2] No such file or directory
  InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 9.10 "Karmic Koala" - Release i386 (20091028.5)
  MachineType: Gateway LT31
  ProcCmdLine: BOOT_IMAGE=/vmlinuz-2.6.32-19-generic root=UUID=617a7a50-d35f-4b03-8bf1-f91ec024381b ro quiet splash
  SourcePackage: xorg
  dmi.bios.date: 06/18/2009
  dmi.bios.vendor: Phoenix Technologies LTD
  dmi.bios.version: v1.3201
  dmi.board.name: SJM11-YK
  dmi.board.vendor: Gateway
  dmi.board.version: Not Applicable
  dmi.chassis.type: 10
  dmi.chassis.vendor: Gateway
  dmi.chassis.version: N/A
  dmi.modalias: dmi:bvnPhoenixTechnologiesLTD:bvrv1.3201:bd06/18/2009:svnGateway:pnLT31:pvrNotApplicable:rvnGateway:rnSJM11-YK:rvrNotApplicable:cvnGateway:ct10:cvrN/A:
  dmi.product.name: LT31
  dmi.product.version: Not Applicable
  dmi.sys.vendor: Gateway
   distro:             Ubuntu
   codename:           lucid
   architecture:       i686
   kernel:             2.6.32-19-generic

  01:05.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: ATI Technologies Inc RS690M [Radeon X1200 Series] [1002:791f]
       Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Device [1025:028c]

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