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By tjmax at 2005-03-01 15:51
This is simply meant as a helping hand to get the ATI drivers working on Mandrake 10.1

Before you install

Make a backup copy of your current xorg.conf file. This is just in case something goes wrong and you need the original one back.

Make sure the following software is already installed on your system:

glibc version 2.2 or 2.3
X.Org 6.8 ** See upgrading X.Org
Kernel source code
Kernel header (include) files
GCC compiler
Make Utility

**Upgrading X.Org to 6.8 in Mandrake 10.1

I do not recommend updating all packages. Do so at your own risk.

Go to Software media manager then add http://rpm.nyvalls.se/10.1/RPMS/ as an HTTP site or Type this in a console. You have to be root to do the installs, type :

Code:
  su
Enter the root password then type:
Code:
   urpmi.addmedia thacs.rpms http://rpm.nyvalls.se/10.1/RPMS with hdlist.cz
Next type

Code:
 urpmi xorg
A list of about 10 packages will be displayed. Choose the package you want to install *Let's just say its xorg-x11* then type:

Code:
 urpmi xorg-x11
A list of Dependency files will display, you need to download these as well, Type Y and hit enter and the packages should install and you have successfully upgraded X.Org to version 6.8

Installing ATI drivers:

Download your flavor of the ATI driver RPM http://ati.com/support/driver.html and place it into a directory of your choice.

Now cd in to the directory you put the ATI Driver rpm package in.

Type

Code:
 rpm -Uh --force <ati_package_name>.rpm
You should see the install run. Next type:

Code:
 fglrxconfig
Answer all the questions as prompted

When asked to generate an xorg.conf file, answer y

Restart and log into X-Windows

Testing and trouble shooting:

To insure the driver is installed type

Code:
 fglrxinfo
Look for the OpenGL vendor string it should say ATI Technologies Inc. If it says MESA Indirect (software) rendering, there are a couple things you need to check.

1) Make sure you have the Kernel source code and the GCC compiler installed, by default they are not.

2) The ATI driver has its own internal AGP management for Intel chipsets. If you don't have an Intel chipset, you may need to change the "UseInternalAGPGART" option to "no" in the device section of the xorg.conf.

If you found you missed a step (like no kernel source code) you can simply reinstall the ATI driver. You should not have to run fglrxconfig unless you feel you made a bad choice in your options.

If everything seems to be fine you can type

Code:
 glxgears
to get a VERY rough framerate benchmark, note it is not a true benchmark but it is good for reference. If everything is working properly you should have a framerate at least 10,000 and up to or over 50,000 depending on your hardware. Mesa drivers are normally 1000 or under.

This information was put together by the posts of several people as well as the instructions for installing from ATI. I mainly just put them into a single post to simplify the install. Please let me know if there are any corrections that need to be done to this How To document.

by junme on Mon, 2005-03-07 17:12
is it fglrxinfo or glxinfo or is that just a Xorg thingie

by poonix on Sat, 2005-05-14 22:30
Hey, i have followed your guide but i am stuck
i have installed the ati drivers, bit i get the message " OpenGL vendor string: Mesa project: www.mesa3d.org".
so now i have to install the kernel source code, and the gcc compiler as you state in your guide.

how do i get this kerner source code and install it, and also how to get this gcc compiler,.

i dont know what these two things are, or how to get the right ones.
If some one could help me with this i would most appreciate it.

Thanks

by Dregnan on Thu, 2005-06-09 20:08
I'm currently working on getting this to work for me also. I did the steps mentioned, but failed to notice the first time around that my kernel source and Gcc were needed. You can install your kernel source through Rpmdrake in Mandriva. I'm downloading it right now, not sure if its included on the installation disks, but I have mine disabled as package source since I was having bad signature and failed installations using them for some reason... so its gonna be a while dowloading says 165 megs just for the source...then i'll see if gcc compiler is also within the Rpmdrake package installer. You should try the same and repeat the installation procedure when all is installed thats needed.

Oh you can find your kernel version by going here:

STAR --> SYSTEM --> CONFIGURATION --> Configure your Desktop

The configuration window will open with all the stuff to the left and the kernel version in the right side... I.E. mine says:

KDE Version: 3.2.3
User: ******
Hostname: ******
System: Linux
Release: 2.6.8.1-12mdk
Machine: i686

by why2jjj on Mon, 2005-09-05 13:18
Hi,

I found the installation quite easy and had no problems with the latest ATI drivers (8.16.20, released 17/8/2005) on Mandriva LE, which uses Xorg 6.8. However, I get EXTREME slowness while running the game tuxracer, despite it doing what I want it to do, stretch all the way across my wide-screen laptop monitor (I have a Dell 8600).

In fact, when I run glxgears, I get a consistent 252 FPS, with occassional low being 168 and occassional high being 308!!!

Anybody know what is going on and how I can fix this?

Is there some certain parameters I need to say yes/no too when I run fglrxconfig? I was not sure exactly what all I should have said. I first tried activating every feature, then activating little features.

Also, I noticed my mouse pointer does not work and show when tuxracer starts up. This is also true in other game-apps like powermanga.

Thanks for the help!

by stach on Mon, 2005-10-31 19:46
i followed the steps in that article...but for the life of me i cant get it to work....i updated the necessary kernels and stuff....but everytime i install the ATI drivers it seems to erase the contents of the xorg.conf file.

is there another instruction set to get ATI drivers onto mandrake 10.1

I've got a ATI 9800 PRO running mandrake 10.1
p4 2.53ghz
1gb ram
WD 200gig HD


thanks

by why2jjj on Mon, 2005-10-31 22:23
Quote:
Originally posted by stach
i followed the steps in that article...but for the life of me i cant get it to work....i updated the necessary kernels and stuff....but everytime i install the ATI drivers it seems to erase the contents of the xorg.conf file.

is there another instruction set to get ATI drivers onto mandrake 10.1

I've got a ATI 9800 PRO running mandrake 10.1
p4 2.53ghz
1gb ram
WD 200gig HD


thanks
What article? The one I put up? Or some other one?
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...59#post1842259
This is for Mandrake 10.2 and ATI proprietary drivers, which includes what I did to discover why my graphics card was running so slow (it actually wasn't installed even though I thought it was)

by stach on Mon, 2005-10-31 23:29
no not the link you just provided but the link in the top of the thread

i will try the link you provided later tonight

right now im having a helluva time trying to install enlightenment..


thanks

by why2jjj on Tue, 2005-11-01 01:06
I had a former co-worker buddy from Sun who just raved on Enlightenment...after he went through a bottle of pills installing it on his Sun station

too much pain for me

by stach on Tue, 2005-11-01 01:08
ya i gave up.....im using gnome now

is there a way i can use konquerer in gnome? i cant seem to find a good file browser in gnome

thanks

by why2jjj on Tue, 2005-11-01 09:41
Quote:
Originally posted by stach
ya i gave up.....im using gnome now

is there a way i can use konquerer in gnome? i cant seem to find a good file browser in gnome

thanks
Probably, but I try not to mix environment programs.


  



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