CentOS 7 On Dell Inspiron With ATI Radeon HD 6320 Video Card

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Hi,

I’m currently installing CentOS 7 on a client’s Dell Inspiron laptop. Here’s the video card:

# lspci | grep -i vga
00:01.0 VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
[AMD/ATI] Wrestler [Radeon HD 6320]

Most of the time, I either have to deal with Intel or NVidia graphic chipsets. As far as I understand, I can choose either the free ‘radeon’
driver or the proprietary ‘fglrx’ driver with this video card.

I’m not too worried about performance, since this will essentially be a laptop for office productivity. On the other hand, I do worry about driver stability. I vaguely remember having seen freeze problems with these cards.

Which driver should I use for a most stable setup?

Cheers,

Niki


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2 thoughts on - CentOS 7 On Dell Inspiron With ATI Radeon HD 6320 Video Card

  • It sort of depends on your usage. For normal desktop usage, the provided Radeon driver seems adequate and stable. If you have any need for “reasonable” 3D performance, fglrx is a better proposition.

    Like you I’ve mostly dealt with nVidia or Intel video. I had some painful initial issues with the fglrx driver, but once I became more accustomed to the quirks it was quite stable. The wiki at elrepo was helpful. This was on desktop systems, I know the “portable” chipsets used in the laptops are a bit different.

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