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WARNING to users of the ATI Radeon 7000 Video Card

Posted 09-27-2007 at 10:18 PM by Chargh

On my Fedora 7 computer, I have a Radeon 7000 Video Card from ATI. Since dropping Windows last spring, I have been trying to get my favourite games to work on Linux. Some of these Games Doom 3 and Quake 4. When I try to run the Linux port of Doom 3, every thing seems fine until:

WARNING: vertex array range in virtual memory (SLOW)
signal caught: Segmentation fault
si_code 1
Trying to exit gracefully..
Shutting down sound hardware
----------- Alsa Shutdown ------------
close pcm
dlclose
--------------------------------------
idRenderSystem::Shutdown()

With a little research, I found this was caused by a driver problem for my Video Card. The Doom 3 Linux FAQ (http://zerowing.idsoftware.com/linux/doom/) suggest getting ATI's Proprietary Driver (fglrx). But it turns out, the oldest card fglrx works with is the ATI Radeon 8500. This means it is impossible for me to run Doom 3. So when I have enough money, I will try to get a new video card.
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