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Old 03-21-2003, 08:37 AM   #1
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nforce2 and ATI Radeon 9700

I was wondering, does anyone know when the nforce 2 will support a universal GART driver so i can use the Radeon 9700 in Linux. Or is there one in the works?

All i need is to have my Radeon 9700 and then my linux conversion will be complete.
Old 03-21-2003, 10:00 AM   #2
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nForce = nVidia and Radeon = ATi.............and both have closed source binary drivers......thats not a very good combination of motherboard and video card.
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for windows it works fine. problem being is for linux. i'm praying that someone is working on a way to get them to work together or something. i got the best chipset and best vid card. sadly that's only in the windows world, which i'm trying to escape.
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that works

i had the same deal to solve
and it works and it's not that difficult after all
what you need to do is grab a fresh 2.4.20 kernel source.. don't use stock kernel from your distribution (usually they came in with lots of patches .. and it might not work - it didn't for me)
then go to and grab the nforce drivers for linux (it has the sound, net and gart patch)
get the patch from the nvgart folder, after you unpacked it, and put it in the root dir of your fresh 2.4.20 source tree.. apply it with
patch -p1 < linux_blah_blah_.diff
then make sure you make the agpgart as module with the NVIDIA support (just to be sure the module loads OK - check with lsmod)
also you should enable MTRR and DRM (though you don't need that bad this last one)
configure your kernel away with whatever you need inside
now after you did this you gotta get the correct driver from (this link appears everywhere in this forum )
i do recommend that you use XFree 4.3 (lot better than 4.2 - for me at least)
now just install that RPM (or rpm2tgz it if you want to put it by your own hand)
boot up your fresh 2.4.20 kernel and go to /lib/modules/fglrx (or wherever you unpacked it if you tgz'ed it) locate build_mod dir and there you gotta and it will hopefully compile a module for your kernel, exit to the parent dir and
make sure your init scripts insmod the agpgart and fglrx modules and that you had installed the drivers for XFree (if you tgz'ed copy them manually to their intended location)
lock and load your modules and startx
glxinfo now
and you should be up and running
tell me if it works if you don't mind the bother
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You might want to check with the gentoo forums and do a search there - I don't have an ati card but I did stumble over a lot of information about this when I checked on my nforce2 motherboard.


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