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I have been looking an serching, but as of yet i have been unable to find weatehr or not an accelerated driver for this card exists. I haev on older box sitting around collecting dust and i'd like to breath life back into it with my favorite distro fedora core 6. So my question is, if you haven't already guessed. Are there accelerated drivers for this card and if tehre are, how do i get the? and how do i install them?
radeon is an Xorg driver for ATI RADEON based video cards. It contains
full support for 8, 15, 16 and 24 bit pixel depths, dual-head setup,
flat panel, hardware 2D acceleration, hardware 3D acceleration (experi-
mental on R300 and R400 series cards), hardware cursor, XV extension,
and the Xinerama extension.
The radeon driver supports PCI and AGP video cards based on the follow-
ing ATI chips
RV200 Radeon 7500, M7, FireGL 7800
So should work. Not so fast, i bet ( here i have a 7000 )
I have spent a considerable amount of time trying to dual-head my Kubuntu system using my Readeon 7000. No luck whatsoever. ATI didn't start making Linux drivers until the 8000 series and the open source drivers aren't ready and won't work for dual head (two monitors). I have my 7000 doing my graphics acceleration OK, but I didn't do it - it did it on it's own.
When I was playing with SUSE I found I had to run
aticonf --initial=dual-head --input=/etc/X11/xorg.conf
trying to get dual-head to work. It didn't, but it must have triggered the acceleration mode. Until then scrolling the screen was s-l-o-w.
It's something you might try.
I gave up on dual-head in linux with my 7000 card. It works fine in Windows, but I needed a program called Ultramon to make it work the way I think it was supposed to.
ATI didn't start making Linux drivers until the 8000 series and the open source drivers aren't ready and won't work for dual head
Didn't know this [ did you connected one monitor to the dvi and the other to the vga? ], never tried, and never tried the tv output too. At least, since they haven't made a proprietary driver ( that i don't like at all ) and since the card is nowaday very very old, they should have released the specs...
It identifies my JTX V9s 19-inch LCD monitor
It doesn't see my Dell 18-inch CRT monitor.
Both monitors have VGA plugs. The ATI 7500 board has a VGA socket and a DVI (I guess) socket. The CRT is plugged into the DVI plug with an adapter that came with the board. Both monitors show the same thing.
In Man radeon the word "dual" shows up once in the description.
Here's the synopsis
Under Supported Hardware:
The radeon driver supports PCI and AGP video cards based on the following ATI chips
RV200 Radeon 7500, M7, FireGL 7800
The man refers to an xorg.conf(5x). I located the file as a .gz file.
I might be on my way, but EVERYtime I get positive, 'ole linux shuts me out.
Nope: I studied this for an hour and it's not something I can do. The man talks about 'Option "MonitorLayout" "string" ' but I don't know what to put in there.
I'm just to new to this and a month ago I was trying to mess with it and lost the video. I reinstalled Linux after that. I don't want to do that again.
You mentioned something called xinerama. There are some obscure files with that name in it like libxineramal.list. In the add/remove software it doesn't appear. I can't install anymore programs anyway because I get and error message like this:
There was an error committing changes. Possibly there was a problem downloading some packages or the commit would break packages.
... whenever I try to add another game or something. (I like Linux, it's so friendly.)
I didn't update the 900 or so programs after I installed Kubuntu and now I can't do it for the same error pops up.
As for playing the movies, It was an mpeg and Kaffeine plays it on the CRT connected to the DVI input but won't play it on the LCD screen connected to the VGA input.
I'm beyond hope, aren't I?
Last edited by oldmartian; 03-09-2007 at 10:13 PM.
I doubt it is a pci card, is it? Or is it an agp card?
Xinerama: i didn't know exactly what it was, apt-cache show libxinerama1 shows:
Description: X11 Xinerama extension library
libXinerama provides an X Window System client interface to the XINERAMA
extension to the X protocol.
The Xinerama (also known as panoramiX) extension allows for multiple screens
attached to a single display to be treated as belonging together, and to give
desktop applications a better idea of the monitor layout.
This should be what are you looking for. Unfortunatly i can't help more since i don't have 2 monitor. You can search this forum ( and with a search engine ) for xinerama, or, if you don't find anything about it, open a new thread for xinerama, ok?
It was an mpeg and Kaffeine plays it on the CRT connected to the DVI input but won't play it on the LCD screen connected to the VGA input.
For this, search for kaffeine, , its homepage, search its faq, look at its manual, use a search engine and kaffeine dual monitor, and if you find nothing, another thread about kaffeine dual monitor.
I'm beyond hope, aren't I?
No, you are on the right way. I'm quite sure you'll find a way to do what you are looking for. Don't give up! I faced eons of problem too, and setting up a linux system 7 years ago was much more problematic than today.
Well, I did what you suggested and nothing changed. Before I got this last msg from you I put AGP in there but then changed it back, since it didn't change anything.
By not changing anything, I mean I went into the control panel and selected display and looked to see if the Dual Monitor button was not grayed out. I did this in Administrator.
I did the same with the other stuff "radeon", Options, you suggested. After nothing changed anything, I went in and tried changing the driver from the Display control settings. After another 2.5 hours of doing the same thing I do in Linux (reboot, wait, look for changed, change something, reboot, etc. ad inf intitum) noting has changed. I did screw up the display but I FINALLY saved the day with the backup xorg.conf I made. So, I'm back to ground zero, except that I'm older and more frustrated.
I want to do something besides fix Linuxxxx. I want to use my computer as a computer!
I just fixed it! There's an Off" button on my CRT!
To give you some history, I used up 2 weeks getting my Brother Laser printer to work with Linux as a USB printer. I finally gave up and found an old parallel printer cable and hooked it up that way. My conclusions, especially by the hundreds of thousands of help pleas on the internet has me feeling the only people USING Linux are the lucky people where it happened to work the first time.