Well, as it turned out, the driver didn't work out. It seems that when I first install any of a few of the older drivers, the immediate effect is desireable. But, then, things go downhill from there. When I installed the Rage 128-based cards, and logged back in, I couldn't get past the boot splash. Safe boot said "No screens found."
When I try going to the ATI Catalyst Control Center, I get the following message:
Initialization Error. There was a problem initializing Catalyst Control Center Linux Edition. It could be caused by the following. No ATI graphics driver is installed, or the ATI driver is not functioning properly. Please install the appropriate driver for your ATI hardware or configure using aticonfig. Isn't ATI Catalyst Control Center for ATI configuration? Is there some other aticonfig?
During system installation, the ATI Mach-64-based cards is installed. That's what I've ultimately decided to use. It does enable 3D effects.
But what I find is that when 3D effects are enabled, the windows don't have the minimize, maximize, close icons at the upper right hand top of the window. Is Compiz supposed to do that? Now most windows do have file, edit, help on the upper left hand corner, so I can click file and quit. But it would be more convenient to be able to just minimize. But some windows, like Firefox's library (under History) don't have "File." Looking up History has the effect of stopping the whole show because, then, the library window is just there -- no minimize icon and no file tab either. The only two options are to reboot or disable 3D desktop effects -- which in the case of the latter, I still have to log out. Does Kwin do that, too? How can I get Kwin on KDE 3 (I like it better than KDE 4)?
Any help given me will be deeply appreciated, as is the help already given me.