[LAD] (Somewhat OT) Advice needed on distro choice

Raymond Martin laseray at gmail.com
Tue Oct 13 13:05:33 UTC 2009

On October 12, 2009 01:14:01 pm Fons Adriaensen wrote:
> There's only only problem I've not been able to fix:
> when using apps that frequently update pixmaps or
> send Ximages, the mouse pointer gets corrupted with
> that data. It happens with Ardour, jkmeter, japa,
> and others. No idea where to start... Driver is
> the 'ati' module, probably it needs some parameters.

Just another one of the usual X problems at install time.

More information needed to drill down to the root of the problem.

Both ATI (and NVidia) have some components in their own proprietary drivers
for X11 that are not supported 100% in the Xorg versions. Which version
are you using? Which ATI model? Older vs.newer hardware having better support
in one or the other driver version.

Have you used this hardware with X before and have an Xorg.conf for it 
somewhere (or remember the setup)?

Since X is pretty modular now, you could have a mismatch in one of
a number of packages for X, not necessarily the ATI module itself.

How about running a Linux live CD/DVD on that system with a distro
that does not display this behavior. Once you find one that works
correctly, just check the info for what is loaded, running, its Xorg.conf,
etc. and replicate it to see if the problem goes away.



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