Radeon HD 4850 512MB DDR3

  8 years ago
  ATI (Video card)
  Mint (older version)
  Works fine with some minor problems
What works:

Tested on X.Org 1.15.1, GLX version 3.0 Mesa 10.3.0-devel (git-3cfe6bc trusty-oibaf-ppa), kernel version 3.13.0-24-generic x86_64 (64 bit)

– At least 1920x1080 resolution (maximum for my monitor)
– Refresh rate of 144 Hz (maximum for my monitor)
– Dynamic power management
– Temperature sensors
– 3D acceleration
– OpenGL 3.0
– Video acceleration on YouTube up to 1080p (with Adobe Flash)

Games I've tested:

– Sid Meier's Civilization 5
– Team Fortress
– Rust (first version)
– Guns of Icarus Online
– Bastion
– Aquaria
– The Book on Unwritten Tales

What doesn't work:

What I didn't test:

– Multi-monitor
– CrossFire (multiple video cards)
– S-Video port
– HDMI port (this model doesn't have one)
– HDMI audio (no HDMI port)

What was done to make it work:

I installed updated graphics drivers from Oibaf's PPA at https://launchpad.net/~oibaf/+archive/ubuntu/graphics-drivers

Commands required to install: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:oibaf/graphics-drivers -y && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade -y

Additional notes:

The open source drivers are the only drivers available for this card and they're already shipped and installed with Linux Mint. The drivers will only receive security updates during the time Mint releases are supported, so to get new features you will have to add an external PPA or compile new drivers from source by yourself.

No proprietary drivers are available for this card. ATI/AMD discontinued the driver support for all cards earlier than the HD 5000 series in summer 2009.

Note: The card is prone to overheating. On Windows I've managed to crash my machine several times by playing a graphically intensive game (such as Dead Island). On Linux I haven't had any crashes, so it seems the power management is working well.