ATI Raedeon 5500 video card and Puppy Linux

Dell / OPTIPLEX 755
February 1, 2011 at 18:57:16
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 2.327 GHz / 3316 MB
I like Puppy Linux as a live distro, but have found that when trying to launch it on my desktop PC, it fails to finish loading - can't display because it doesn't like my ATI Raedeon 5500 video card. Anyone know if there are any drivers available for my ATI card that would allow it to work in Puppy Linux?

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#1
February 1, 2011 at 19:16:19
The Radeon HD 5550 is a fairly new card. Which version of Puppy?

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February 1, 2011 at 20:01:42

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#3
February 1, 2011 at 20:02:52
All of the modern cards support vesa and it may be just as good. After you get it up using vesa you can install drivers.

Problem is that Puppy is a very special distro and uses some things to help older computers. Newer ones may be more better served by using a more mainstream distro.

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#4
February 3, 2011 at 03:36:33
Does anybody know if Puppy Linux would display properly if I had a video card with Nvidia chipset as opposed to ATI? It's not that big of a deal, but I might be willing to "trade in" my Radeon 5500 for an Nvidia card if that would make a difference.

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#5
February 3, 2011 at 05:21:47
I took a stab that you have a Radeon HD 5550 but AFAIK, there is no Radeon 5500. Regardless, it should work. Did you try your Puppy disk on another system to confirm it works properly?

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#6
February 3, 2011 at 08:25:09
My graphics card is a SAPPHIRE 100293L Radeon HD 5570. I did try the Puppy live CD on an older P4 PC which has an Nvidia card, and it worked fine. I don't know whether the issue is the chipset itself or the age of the card.

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#7
February 6, 2011 at 05:43:02
Update: I downloaded the Puppy Linux 5.0 (Wary) versioin, and it displays fine with my Radeon HD5570 card. Now my issue is to try to get it to recognize my Rosewill wireless USB network adapter. It uses a Realtek driver (RTL8191SU), but for some reason it cannot detect the driver when running as a live distro even though the files are available on the hard drive (/mnt/sda1 ...). Do I have to do any further compiling in order to render the driver usable by my program? I keep getting the error message that the file is not an .inf file (what I show is an .sys file).

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