I have a socket A test server (for PHP web apps) consisting of:
CPU: Athlon XP 2600+ Barton, at stock speed (with GlacialTech Igloo 2470 Light)
MoBo: Matsonic 8147C (VIA KT400A chipset)
RAM: 1280 MB PC2700 synchronous (512+512+256)
CRT @ 1024*768 px
Hard disc: WD800 (80 GB ATA100)
Samsung Combo drive (DVD & CD-RW)
C-Media CMI8738LX PCI soundcard (onboard sound works but sound is a bit choppy, probably due to VIA PCI bug)
PSU FORTRON 350PNF and normal size case (midi tower)
Until today I was using a Geforce2 AGP video (with 64MB SDRAM) card on that machine.
Now I need the machine for occasional multimedia use (WinXP + VLC et al) so I threw in an old RADEON 9250 I had gathering dust for ages. It's AGP 8X version with 128 MB, 128 Bit.
The 9250 works great under XP, it has some sorta video acceleration (like all members of R200 Radeon family) so I can watch HANDBRAKE-encoded X.264 videos (Mi-HD) with no problem - CPU load is around 50% in VLC.
However, as I switched my video adapters from nVidia to ATI, now my Centos 5.7 setup now just works in a console mode, I can't start X server.
Please advise me on what version of driver should I download (free, non-free, etc.), how do I do that from the console (no GUI = no package manager) and how do I edit (or rewrite?) my xconfig?
Thanks in advance.
PS: is this tutorial of any use, considering I can't access GUI?http://madathilunni.wordpress.com/2010/ ... cent-os-5/
PPS: I'm quite happy with this machine overall, but if you notice that this system could be improved by changing something (especially if it doesn't require much cash), by all means please do tell.