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I'm not sure how, I'm not sure why, but I've finally got UT2004 running on my ATI radeon 9200SE without any major problems.
I followed various examples found here that involved simple installing the drivers as directed, using the external AGPgart modules, and then editing the modprobe.conf and rc.modules files (I can list the specific steps later if anybody wants them). I DID NOT recompile my kernel, which btw is 2.6.3-7
Also, I'm running the NEW UT2k4 demo, which apparently includes all the updates and patches etc (and a couple new maps).
The point is, this NEVER worked for me before (I could only get so far as the map loading screen, then crash out, using the methods I described). So are the latest ATI drivers an improvement over the old? Or was is a conflict with the UT engine? Whatever it was seems to have dispersed.
Only thing now is the performance leaves something to be desired. Might be cleared up soon, but I'll keep tweaking the settings in the meantime.
I DID NOT recompile my kernel, which btw is 2.6.3-7
You say that as though recompiling your kernel was a tabbo, or a hellish experiance. the more you avoid and fear it the less you can learn, while I have known people extreamely skilled with everything linux without ever touching there kernel they are rare. For most people there comes a point where you need to recompile your kernel, not just to learn more about linux, but learn more about your computer and hardware as well. also I might point out that ut crashing is not likely to be related to the kernel unless the kernel had a setting specified that broke the video driver.
Originally posted by LavaDevil94 I think he meant it as in that you don't have to recompile your kernel, as opposed to people telling you that you did have to do so.
Exactly. Many ATI fixes suggested this, I only mentioned it because I thought I would have to as well. I've only been at this linux thing for a matter of weeks, so I didn't want to go and botch another installation.
I figured the kernel didn't have anything to do with crashing or not crashing, but that ATI's linux drivers have had a bad history with UT games and I was not able to get them to work until now, all of a sudden. I was wondering if anybody else has had such luck with them?
no need to. I actually am recompiling the thing as we speak. UT2004 worked but the performance is SO lacking that I actually wanted to give it a try (maybe cutting down on the float would help or something)
was getting about 800fps in glxgears and 160 in fgl_glxgears