By ElPuello at 2004-06-07 20:00
Making your Radeon 9600 PRO work with Nforce2 and kernel 2.6(Gentoo)
I realize there are many guides out there, however none really worked for me. I figured I'd write this so that others may benefit from my long tired hours in front of the screen, leering back at me.
The first thing you need to do is make sure your kernel is configured correctly. If not, you'll have to recompile over again, however using gentoo this should not be much of a challenge :)
Now make sure the following are enabled:
Device drivers>Character devices:
(M)nforce2 chipset support
(*)direct rendering manager (drm)
- (*) ATI radeon
but NOT support for ATI radeon!(Strange as it may sound)
If they are continue, if not, recompile your kernel.(If you can't remember how it is done, refer to the excellent installation handbook at gentoo.org)
Now you need to enable the new modules so you'll need to edit your modules autoload:
then write in: (from the top)
and update modules:
Now you'll need to get the drivers, so type:
when it is done, you should tell X how to handle these new drivers, so you'll need to reconfigure your XF86Config. Fortunately, the good people at ATI has made a utility to help, so run fglrxconfig. It'll ask you a bunch of questions about language, keyboard, screen and so on. Fill these in as you did when you configured X for the first time. Don't worry if you do know the answers to some of the questions: they can be revised later by editing the XF86Config-4 file. The real issue here it to answer YES when the script asks Do you want to use the external AGP GART module (y/n)?, so that I'll use your kernel agpdrivers instead of the drivers own.
Now switch the OpenGL environment to ATI
And we need to load a new module in the init script
write in fglrx BELOW the lines agpgart and nvidia-agp
and update modules again
Now you should be able to load x with full 3d support. If in the tty's type startx, else reboot. If you recompiled kernels, remember to move the kernel image and system.map.
To check whether there really is any 3d acceleration, type
when inside x, it should say direct rendering=yes somewhere in the top and listing ATI as OpenGL drivers.
Presto! You should be ready for many pointless hours of gathering herrings in tuxracer!