Ubuntu – How to solve display glitches and poor performance with ATI fglrx driver on the ThinkPad X100e


I noticed that video performance on my Thinkpad X100e was very poor compared to Windows 7, so I installed the ATI fglrx proprietary drivers by using the "Additional Drivers" dialogue box. The system has an ATI Radeon Mobility HD 3200 chip.

The result of installing the drivers is pretty devastatingly negative, with symptoms such as skewed content in windows, browser tabs and text boxes failing to refresh when their content changes. In fact, please excuse typos in this post, because I can't really see what I am typing. 🙂

I also notice that HD video playback performance is no better – perhaps even worse – than prior to installing the drivers.

Example of what I see: Distorted display on X100e with ATI drivers

Here's the output of fglrxinfo:

display: :0.0  screen: 0
OpenGL vendor string: ATI Technologies Inc.
OpenGL renderer string: ATI Radeon HD 3200 Graphics 
OpenGL version string: 3.3.10237 Compatibility Profile Context

Output of lspci | grep -i vga:

01:05.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc RS780M/RS780MN [Radeon HD 3200 Graphics]

I'm on Ubuntu 10.10 with kernel 2.6.35-22-generic-pae.

What can I try?

Many thanks,

Best Answer

Just do sudo aticonfig --initial after installing the the HD3200 driver and you're done.