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Old 07-26-2004, 03:35 PM   #1
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FC2 and Radeon 9200 se


Has anyone successfully been able to get 3d support for the Radeon 9200 se with fedora core 2?
I am able to play Tuxracer and Enemy Territory with all the default drivers (fresh install) but it is very slow. I dual boot with XP which plays ET awsome and it is making my linux distro look bad. That makes me mad
I have tried the rpm from the ati site several times and reinstalled FC2 because of conflicts and unhelpful error messages.
Is it even possible with the new kernel?
I've searched the posts here and seen many posts on this topic but no solutions.
TIA
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Old 07-26-2004, 04:34 PM   #2
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Radeon 9200

I have the same card as you and what I found in my search for the same problem is that 2D is the best that FC2 can handle at this time. What I also found out is that the drivers for XP from ATI for this card could handle 3D but not true 3D. They just came out in the last few months with updated driver to handle true 3D. I've using ATI for a number of years now and they're great cards.
 
Old 07-26-2004, 04:45 PM   #3
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Thanks. I must have the new ati drivers for XP because I just got the card last weekend and downloaded the latest drivers. The card rocks on XP.

"what I found in my search for the same problem is that 2D is the best that FC2 can handle at this time. "
Why do you suppose this is the case? Is it because of the new kernel?
How long do you think it will take and how would I find out when it is supported?
Jeem
 
Old 07-26-2004, 05:29 PM   #4
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I haven't tried this yet but here is something I found when digging a little deeper at the ATI site.

/*------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Conflicts with file from package XFree86-Mesa-libGL-4.x.x-x

The information in this article applies to the following configurations:

* XFree86
* ATI Proprietary Linux Drivers

The following error message may appear while trying to install the RPM package:

file /usr/X11R6/lib/libGL.so.1.2 from install of fglrx-4.x.x-x.x.x conflicts with file from package XFree86-Mesa-libGL-4.x.x-x

This error (or similar) occurs when a third party OpenGL solution is already installed in the system. XFree86-Mesa-libGL is a common example.

The ATI Proprietary Linux Driver is meant to replace other "software only" OpenGL solutions in order to provide hardware 3D acceleration. The ATI libGL is backward compatible to the default XFree86-Mesa.

This issue can be resolved in either of two ways:

* Force the ATI driver install to overwrite existing files
* Remove the other OpenGL software BEFORE installing ATI drivers

Force the ATI driver install to overwrite existing files

We recommend using the --force rpm option to install the ATI Proprietary Linux driver as follows:

rpm -Uh --force <ati_package_name>.rpm

This will force the installer to overwrite any existing files including the conflicting libGL, which should allow the ATI driver to install properly.

If for some reason you do not wish to use the --force rpm option, then you may still work around this error message by removing the other (non-ATI) OpenGL software first, as explained below.

Remove existing OpenGL software BEFORE installing ATI drivers

1. Ensure that no 3D OpenGL programs are running

2. Remove the existing libGL installation using the following command:

rpm -e --nodeps XFree86-Mesa-libGL

(You need the --nodeps option because some screen savers, qt-3, and some parts of XFree86 might depend on libGL. Installing the ATI package afterwards will restore these dependencies.)

3. Reinstall the ATI Proprietary Linux driver

rpm -Uh <ati_package_name>.rpm

(you may ignore the --force option in this case, since the conflicting libGL has been removed already)

INFO-BASE#4479

KEYWORDS: ALL PRODUCTS for PC LINUX CONFLICT XFREE86-MESA-LIBGL-4.x.x-x

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------*/

I am going to try this soon and if it doesn't work I will let everone know.
 
Old 07-26-2004, 05:35 PM   #5
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The answer to all my questions sigh!!!

From the ati website:

Q6: What Linux kernel version is needed for this driver?
A6: Version 2.4 of the Linux kernel is required for this driver. This kernel version is installed as standard in many current Linux distributions. Support for the newer version 2.6 kernel is under development and should be available in a future release.

I'll wait for a month then I'm going back to 2.4*

That's all folks.
Jeem
 
  


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