Some time ago I tried to install Linux on an old machine with an ATI card, but I never was able to test that installation because that specific card (an ATI X1600 Pro) always refused to work. The graphic desktop was never shown because it always crashed, and the only thing I got was a black screen with a blinking cursor :doh:
After some readings, I found that ATI cards were not supported by Linux at that time. So I gave up.
However, I'm still curious, so I wonder if also today ATI cards are not fully supported by Linux.
I'd like to know if there is someone that currently use Linux and an ATI card. How difficult it was to install the drivers? There is a distro that can make ATI cards working out of the box? Is it possible to use Compiz? And, the most important question for me, what about fullHD playback?
There is a specific ATI model that should be avoided in Linux because it doesn't work?