ATI 7200 mobility on Panasonic toughbook CF-48x driver?
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ATI 7200 mobility on Panasonic toughbook CF-48x driver?
under windows ATI does not support any drivers for this laptop vid card, and i have to go to panasonic to download the drivers. now i understand that ATI and *nix do not play nice, but i would like to see if there is a way to get some ATI drivers for this laptop that will alow me to play some of the games like UT2004 or any of the other newer games.
my distro is debian sarge edition. did a base install, then apt-get to install my KDE and xdm x-server the vid drivers i can only guess are the default for that kernel as i never told it what to do other then what type of monitor i have and the max res. it can handle of 1024x768.
the 2D world is crystal clear at least on my desktop. tuxtype had a bit of an issue the first time i opened it for my daughter, but after that it seems to be ok.
please keep in mind im an extreem newbie to both *nix and debian, but i have succeeded in getting Nvidia drivers working and getting s-vid out to a TV on my media box also running the exact same distro.
Pretty much that's the case. The best suggestion I would have is to check the ATI site for drivers, and also to do a Search here at LQ on how to install them. (There are a lot of threads about the topic). Personally, I've spent hours wrestling with ATI cards, and although I've got them working pretty well, I still have nagging doubts that I'm really getting the performance I should be seeing. As a general observation, nVidia seems to take Linux support much more seriously than ATI, but that's just my 2 cents. Good luck with it either way -- J.W.
Your modules are in /lib/modules/<kernel-version>/kernel ...so, ls -R /lib/modules/2.6.9/kernel/ | grep agp and ls -R /lib/modules/2.6.9/kernel/ | grep radeon
...will confirm that the required modules are available.
If not you'll have to recompile your kernel accordingly, but as I said, distros kernels, I assume that's what you're using by your reaction, usually include those for compatibility with the most systems "out of the box".
...that will help you with the modules tools.
As hinted by J.W., Ati cards are mostly a pain in the ***, you'll need to do your homework [...and learn something along the way],
then if you have specific questions, be sure to include extra info like what kernel, what version of X, what motherboard chipset, errors from your log and such.
So you have a 2.4 kernel, the motherboard chipset is less important for now, only kernel 2.6 has the extra chipset specific agp modules,
...but I'm sure google could help you if you really needed to know.
Your X server is either XFree or Xorg ...and the version.
Now for the config, /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 or /etc/X11/xorg.conf [...see X server],
open with a text editor and in Section "Module" make sure you have Load "glx"
Load "dri" ...both uncommented, i.e. no # in front
and in Section "Device" you need Driver "radeon"
Also you may want to backup a copy of the file before you modify it
Now boot into console mode, type lsmod to see if the agpgart module gets loaded automatically, if not do, modprobe -v agpgart
once the agpgart module is loaded, do the same for "radeon"
Startx and see how it goes, you can usually tell if you have h/w 3d by running glxgears before and after.
The log, I already mentionned, it's either /var/log/XFree86.0.log or /var/log/Xorg.0.log [...again, depending on what X server you have].
That log gets overwritten each time X is initiated [...copied to Xxxx.0.log.old in fact], so if you wanna see the log for a failed attempt, look at it before restarting x with another config file or look into the .old log but basically you have the current log and the one before, make sure you reference the correct one.
ok thanks. not sure if i did the restart right. when i log out of KDE it brings me back to CLI and then i just type startx again.
before i logged out i was getting between 360-445FPS, afterwards i was getting better at 394-460FPS so that is an improvement.
is that going to give better quality on the 3D world games? the 2D i know is very clear and always has been no matter what OS i have on this box.
2k, XP, RH9, MDK10, Debian
all have crystal clear 2d worlds, and with panasonic drivers for the vid card 2k and XP both have very good 3D world graphics too. under RH9 the 3d left a bit to be desired. tryied it with NeverWinterNights. the world was nice, but the PC/NPC (characters) had horrid effects around them.
Type $glxinfo | grep render in a console, you'll know for sure if you have direct rendering or not.
I believe you do and might have all along, if you were able to even load NWN before, Debian must have set you up with the "ati" driver automatically, I know Mandrake used to setup my old radeon way back when.
Don't expect those few frames in glxgears to make a difference in your games though.
Your only hope in getting a few more fps is by tweaking your config, if at all possible, or getting a newer X server, possibly the newer Xorg which have more up to date DRI drivers, but again I couldn't guaranty the outcome will be worth the effort.