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Old 03-06-2004, 06:40 PM   #1
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3D Acceleration with ATI Radeon 9600

Ok, I have XFree86 4.3.0 installed and I have recently installed the ATI Radeon 3.2.5 drivers, which seem to be working fine except for the 3D acceleration part.

When I installed the drivers, I recieved this message:

Tailored kernel module for fglrx not present in your system.
You must go to /lib/modules/fglrx/build_mod subdir
and execute './' to build a fully customed kernel module.
Afterwards go to /lib/modules/fglrx and run './'
in order to install the module into your kernel's module repository.
(see readme.txt for more details.)

As of now you can still run your XServer in 2D, but hardware acclerated
OpenGL will not work and 2D graphics will lack performance.

*** Found kernel module build environment, generating kernel module now.
ATI module generator V 2.0
patching 'highmem.h'...
skipping patch for 'drmP.h', not needed
patching 'drm_os_linux.h'...
probing for VMA API version...
doing script based build for kernel 2.4.x and similar
compiling './agpgart_be.c'...
compiling './agp3.c'...
compiling './i7505-agp.c'...
compiling './nvidia-agp.c'...
compiling './firegl_public.c'...
linking of fglrx kernel module...
duplicating results into driver repository...
- creating symlink
- recreating module dependency list
- trying a sample load of the kernel module
Warning: loading /lib/modules/2.4.20-6smp/kernel/drivers/char/drm/fglrx.o will taint the kernel: non-GPL license - Proprie
tary. (C) 2002 - ATI Technologies, Starnberg, GERMANY
See for information about tainted modules
Module fglrx loaded, with warnings
Installed: qt3 (gcc 3.2) based control panel application
ATI display drivers successfully installed
please run 'fglrxconfig' now
I don't really know what that means, and I tried to do what it said towards the top about getting the custom kernel module, but hasn't seemed to affect anything.

I know 3D isn't working because when I try to run glxgears I get this error:
Error: Couldn't open displays (null)
If anyone could help me with this I would greatly aprreciate it as I would love to be able to run Winex on my system and ditch my Windows partiton.
Old 03-06-2004, 07:33 PM   #2
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Have you properly configured you XF86Config file?

Take not of the Device section in mine.

Also make sure you don't have any XF86Config files in your HOME directory. When you start X it will use that instead. I just recently found that out.

Take a look at my HCL entry on the 9600XT for more info

Old 03-06-2004, 07:41 PM   #3
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u should download the new drivers from ati then install them
then :

As root run the following commands:
cd /lib/modules/fglrx/build_mod
cd /lib/modules/fglrx

After completing your X configuration using fglrxconfig, press CTRL-ALT-BACKSPACE to restart X.


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