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A simple way to get ATi working on Mandriva 2009.0 (X1300)

Posted 02-27-2009 at 03:18 PM by iro_number1
Updated 02-27-2009 at 03:20 PM by iro_number1

I always ran in to multiple problems while trying to get my ATi card to work properly. To be more precise it is X1300 PRO (AGP), and here i wish to show you how to do it!

First off, make sure that you don't have any previous drivers installed, so remove them. If you don't have the drivers installed skip this step:

If installed from the repository:
Code:
su -
<password>
urpme dkms-fglrx
If installed with the ATi installer:
Code:
su -
<password>
cd /usr/share/ati
sh ./fglrx-uninstall.sh
You might want to reboot after this.

Before you go on you need a text editor, I use nano and I will explain it using it. If you have another text editor you know how to use that is fine.
Installing nano:
Code:
su -                  #You don't have to log in again if you haven't logged out
<password>            #
urpmi nano
Now that you don't have the drivers installed it is time to enable the shared memory that is required to run the drivers:
Code:
su -
<password>            #You don't need to log in again if you haven't logged out
nano /etc/fstab       #
Now add the following line at the end of the file:
Code:
# Entry for /dev/shm :
tmpfs /dev/shm tmpfs defaults 0 0
Now press CTRL+X and hit Y to save the file.

You are now ready to install the drivers! I'm using the drivers from the ATi website, so go to AMD Drivers website and choose your system and hardware.

Now change the permissions for the installer to be allowed to execute:
Code:
chmod a+x <full path to the installer>
You are now ready to install! Here is how it goes (must be root):
Code:
<full path to the installer>
OR:
Code:
cd <path to the installer>
./ati-driver-installer-X.X-x86.x86_64.run
Substitute the X.X with the version of the driver.

Then you pick automatic install and just follow the installer instructions. After that is done exit the installer and reboot. After the boot up you should be using the ATi driver!

Enjoy! Please comment if you have questions or if I made a mistake!
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  1. Old Comment
    Hi, nice howto.

    How do I know the driver installed and is being used?

    Cheers, Glenn
    Posted 02-27-2009 at 07:15 PM by GlennsPref GlennsPref is offline
  2. Old Comment
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by GlennsPref View Comment
    Hi, nice howto.

    How do I know the driver installed and is being used?

    Cheers, Glenn
    In order to check if the driver is working you need to install mesa-demos:

    Code:
    su -
    <password>
    urpmi mesa-demos
    and check the output of the glxinfo:

    Code:
    glxinfo | grep render
    If it works it should print out Yes and if it doesn't then it will be a no.
    Posted 02-28-2009 at 01:55 PM by iro_number1 iro_number1 is offline
  3. Old Comment
    Thanks heaps, Glenn
    Posted 03-03-2009 at 09:19 PM by GlennsPref GlennsPref is offline
  4. Old Comment
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by iro_number1 View Comment
    In order to check if the driver is working you need to install mesa-demos:

    Code:
    su -
    <password>
    urpmi mesa-demos
    and check the output of the glxinfo:

    Code:
    glxinfo | grep render
    If it works it should print out Yes and if it doesn't then it will be a no.

    Hi
    Been reading your how to on ATI drivers.
    I am running ubuntu 8.10 and my video card i " RV610 video device [Radeon HD 2400 PRO]
    vendor: ATI Technologies Inc"
    I just can't get this driver to work on my system .I have tried
    various ways of installing the driver,but on rebooting at the end of the install I get a black screen on the monitor .don't know if you can help me with this ,but all I want to do is get a better screen resolution tham 800x600 .
    Thanks David .
    Posted 03-04-2009 at 07:49 AM by garrydog garrydog is offline
    Updated 03-04-2009 at 01:38 AM by robertvi
  5. Old Comment
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by garrydog View Comment
    Hi
    Been reading your how to on ATI drivers.
    I am running ubuntu 8.10 and my video card i " RV610 video device [Radeon HD 2400 PRO]
    vendor: ATI Technologies Inc"
    I just can't get this driver to work on my system .I have tried
    various ways of installing the driver,but on rebooting at the end of the install I get a black screen on the monitor .don't know if you can help me with this ,but all I want to do is get a better screen resolution tham 800x600 .
    Thanks David .
    Well if you just want a better screen resolution, without 3d ACC that is, you can use the vesa driver:

    Code:
    su -
    <password>
    nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf
    and where you see something like:
    Code:
    Section "Device"
      Identifier  "ATI"
      BoardName   "Radeon X1300/X1500"
      VendorName  "ATI Technologies Inc"	
      Driver      "fglrx"
    EndSection
    change "fglrx" to "vesa" that should allow yo to have a normal size desktop.

    I'mm still trying to get the 3d Acceleration working, as soon as i find out some hot details, I'll post them here. I'm also trying to get ATi working on LFS to see if that would be easier and maybe give hints on what's wrong here.
    Posted 03-04-2009 at 05:18 PM by iro_number1 iro_number1 is offline
  6. Old Comment
    Hi, with regards to your LFS system, is there anything special I need to do to the kernel before I start the fglrx*.bin/run install app??

    I've seen this question elsewhere and wonder how you were progressing.

    The beauty of lfs is the foundation of GNU/Linux system is firm.

    If it works with lfs, then any other system should be able to get it (maybe with some hacks).

    Cheers and Regards, Glenn
    Posted 09-20-2009 at 10:02 PM by GlennsPref GlennsPref is offline
  7. Old Comment
    I haven't tried the LFS :/ i switched my Graphics card to a newer nVidia, if i get some time i'll try to set it up and see if it works.
    Posted 09-21-2009 at 01:43 PM by iro_number1 iro_number1 is offline
 

  



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