In my endless quest to make all the features of this ATI RS780-based HP laptop work completely with Debian GNU/Linux, I have come to great lengths. In summary, I have:
- Learned to use X.org modules from their upstream repositories and keep them always up-to-date, commit by commit;
- Patched the ACPI DSDT to gain thermal zone readings on Linux;
- Blown up the X server with ATI's crappy proprietary driver, fglrx;
- Nuked shared libraries in
/usr/libafter attempting to use an RC Linux kernel version from mainline; and
- Upgraded Debian Lenny (stable) to Debian Squeeze (current testing distribution) and
acquired superpowers involving the manipulation of timelearned to use Tux-On-Ice.
Other people would have given up very quickly and sticked with Windows Vista, but no, here I am, spending time researching the problems in detail and running fsck after every forced reboot and reporting back to my Lair.
Fortunately, now I can see the light at the end of this very convoluted dark... tunnel thingy, and I have finally found the solution for one of the problems I have long sought to solve: the lack of accelerated 3D rendering.