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#1 2014-11-28 16:54:34

schwim
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Is SMXI a possibility for AMD Mobility Radeon HD 4200 Series?

Hi there folks,

I'm reading that under 5xxx is not supported by AMD and that legacy drivers and xorg downgrades are required but I'm also seeing tutorials and comments stating to just use smxi because it can do everything up to and including fixing your sticky front door.

Anyone have any experience with the old cards and the easiest way to get a better than stock install driver?  The vid performance on my laptop (Acer Aspire 5251-1513) is usable in Win 7, but horrific in linux.

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#2 2014-11-28 17:47:12

th3pun15h3r
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Re: Is SMXI a possibility for AMD Mobility Radeon HD 4200 Series?

I just used it on a hd 6450 for a dell optiplex 780 ssf that I made into a steambox.  I'll run the smxi and check but I thought it had a script to install the legacy drivers.

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#3 2014-11-28 21:24:55

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Re: Is SMXI a possibility for AMD Mobility Radeon HD 4200 Series?

Well, I ran through the smxi install process and on the final confirmation(after creating the missing xorg.conf), it told me hells no and dropped me to my prompt minus any driver install with the explanation that I should have bought an nvidia card.

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#4 2014-11-28 21:52:43

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Re: Is SMXI a possibility for AMD Mobility Radeon HD 4200 Series?

From sgfxi FAQ's

AMD/ATI has fairly explicitly stated that they will not support bleeding edge latest kernels or Xorg releases, so don't hold your breath waiting for this to change. ATI is the 2nd or 3rd card chip maker out there (and their market share is dropping steadily), and with these tough economic times, don't look for the AMD corporation flooding the basically money losing Linux fglrx driver group with extra cash or support.

I don't want to all real-world macro on you guys here, but let's just say this isn't going to change in the foreseeable future, so just be glad the stuff even works in the first place, and that AMD/ATI has released the card specs and is funding the radeonhd/radeon development process as well


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#5 2014-11-28 22:11:27

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Re: Is SMXI a possibility for AMD Mobility Radeon HD 4200 Series?

damo wrote:

From sgfxi FAQ's

so just be glad the stuff even works in the first place

If only that part had pertained to me.

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#6 2014-11-29 13:51:33

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Re: Is SMXI a possibility for AMD Mobility Radeon HD 4200 Series?

@schwim:  Can you use the open source drivers or do you need the proprietary drivers for gaming?


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#7 2014-11-29 14:40:34

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Re: Is SMXI a possibility for AMD Mobility Radeon HD 4200 Series?

Hi there krunch and thanks for the help!

I think I'd be fine w/the open source drivers. I think I did select that option during the smxi install process but I may have misunderstood the flrgx(probably misspelled) description.

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#8 2014-11-29 14:52:47

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Re: Is SMXI a possibility for AMD Mobility Radeon HD 4200 Series?

^ Just make sure you enable power management if your fan runs constantly.

Last edited by KrunchTime (2014-11-29 14:53:36)


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