ATI Radeon HD 5650 on Ubuntu 12.10

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http://askubuntu.com – We've got a laptop running an ATI Radeon HD 5650 and we're trying to install Ubuntu 12.10 on it, yet without luck getting the drivers for the video card running correctly. On the internet I've seen a lot of people speculating the Radeon HD 5650 needs the legacy drivers, instead of the default ones provided by AMD. Can anyone confirm this? Any ideas on how to get this set up? We've already tried to install the proprietary drivers (without luck, X doesn't like them), as well as doing it through the downloadable drivers, available at AMD's website (both via the buildpkg and 'just run it' method (HowTos)