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Old 01-07-2005, 05:55 PM   #1
phrenicNerve
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ATI OpenGL support?


Hey everybody,

I'm a pretty new linux user (fc 3 is the first distro I've ever used), and I just recently heard that it's better to have a nVidia card than a Radeon. I was just curious if anyone had ANY updated info on OpenGL support from ATI.

Thanks!
 
Old 01-09-2005, 01:02 AM   #2
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Hi phrenicNerve,

First it depends on what card you have. You should have a look at this page:
http://www.ati.com/support/faq/linux.html

As you can see, if you have anything less than ATI 8500 then you can use the DRI drivers. Check out their site and seach on google for how to use that driver.

However, if you have Radeon 8500 or newer, then you need to use the driver from ATI.com. Now Fedora Core 3 uses the Xorg 6.8, which is a version of the X window system. The latest ATI driver supports only upto Xorg 6.7. Which means that either you wait (like myself) for ATI to release a newer driver (hopefully this month) or you downgrade to Xorg 6.7 (highly INadvisable, will cause great trouble esp. since you're new).

So if you have a new card then keep checking the ati site for the release of a newer driver, when its released search on google, people would've written how to install it.
 
Old 01-09-2005, 10:40 PM   #3
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hey ar1,

thanks so much for the info. unfortunately (ha), i have a 9200, so i guess i have to play the waiting game. it's not a big deal if it's only for a month or two. i'll just keep on eye on the ati site.

thanks again.
 
Old 01-10-2005, 12:10 AM   #4
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incorrect, ati supplies drivers from 8500 and up but dri drivers go from 8500 and down, and guess what your 9200 is based on the 8500. So technically speaking it should be supported with 3d. But if you want to install the drivers supplied by ati they should come in one or two weeks.
 
Old 01-10-2005, 09:12 AM   #5
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Ah he's right, support is now upto 9250 (ouch I have 9600). This page should get you on your way if you want to use the DRI driver:
http://users.actrix.co.nz/michael/radeon9200.html

I'd suggest waiting for a couple of weeks for the ATI, much easier to install and probably better performance.
 
Old 01-10-2005, 03:54 PM   #6
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good to know... thanks so much for all the help guys!
 
  


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