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Re: [SLUG] Running Google Earth in Ubuntu
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- Subject: Re: [SLUG] Running Google Earth in Ubuntu
- From: Heracles <heracles@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2007 18:45:17 +1000
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I changed my 9250 ATI for a 6200 G-Force Nvidia (less than $90 for the
256Mb model) and it runs well. I have it running in the background at
Not sure what is causing it to use so much CPU on your machine Ken. It
does not take much CPU at all on mine. It is fast and smooth and has no
effect on performance.
So if you really want to run it and can't get the ATI running the way
you want, an Nvidia is a cheap replacement.
(BTW, easyubuntu will go and get the proprietary drivers and install
them if you really must.)
Ken Caldwell wrote:
> On Thu, 2007-04-12 at 06:05 +0100, Dave Airlie wrote:
>>> Google Earth probably needs to have direct rendering and 3D
>>> capability, because it uses OpenGL to draw the textures and such. The
>>> open source "ati" driver likely won't give you direct rendering on a
>>> 9200 card, and you'll need to install the proprietary "fglrx" drivers
>>> from ATI to get 3D support. There's a good howto on the Ubuntu wiki:
>>> That documents how to install it from the repos or how to do it
>>> manually. It doesn't have a guide specifically for Feisty, but it
>>> should be a similar procedure.
>> fglrx won't give you direct rendering on 9200 whatsoever.. they stopped
>> supporting that card a long time ago..
>> the open source driver should support that card in feisty fine..
>> glxinfo should give direct rendering... does glxgears run?
>> Does the system lockup completely? do you have any fancy AGP options
>> enabled in the logs..? does adding Option "CardType" "PCI" to the
>> driver section in xorg.conf make any difference?
> Attached is my xorg.conf file and a file glxinfo.txt containing the
> output of glxinfo. glxgears runs slowly and jerkily unless the window is
> The computer does not lock solid when I try to run googleearth but as
> that program seems to take about 95% of the CPU time not much else
> I cant see mention of AGP in the xorg.conf file, in which log file
> should I look. (As you have no doubt guessed my knowledge of video cards
> is very limited.)