Video card on Thinkpad T42

Rithin Shetty rithin at
Mon Oct 11 17:34:30 UTC 2004

    I'm running Fedora core 2 on my IBM Thinkpad T42 for quite
sometime now. T42 has "ATI Radeon 9600"  video card. However by
default FC2 selects "VESA driver (generic)" as the video card. If I
play video files the CPU utilization is close to 100% and it jerks.
    Hence I changed the video card explicitly to "ATI Radeon 9600" by
going to "System Settings ->Display". I then logged off and logged
back in, the video files where playing very well and the CPU
utilization was very low ( less than 10%).
    But then if I put my laptop to sleep (using /proc/acpi/sleep
interface) and restart it later, the  video card setting reverts back
to "VESA driver (generic)" and I have the same problem with playing
video files.
    I would appreciate if anyone helped me in resolving this issue.


Rithin K Shetty
Graduate Student (Computer Science)
North Carolina State Uniersity
Raleigh, NC. Ph: 919-834-6782

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