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Old 06-04-2004, 04:01 PM   #1
Illuwatar
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Overlay problems with ATI Radeon 9600 Pro


I'm working with at review of a TV-card for a swedish PC-site and a part of it is to test the card under Linux. During my tests I have ended up with several problems not related with the actual TV-card...

First one was sound-related. Creative Audigy LS is not a good option for Linux - I swapped it out for a Audigy 2 and that was solved.

The next one was the graphic card - an ATI Radeon 9600 Pro. This one created a lot of unwanted work for me. Thanks to this forum and all skilled people here (and some Google work), I got the latest official ATI driver up and running (version 3.9.0). Everything seems to run fine, including acclerated 3D, but when I started up tvtime I got messages regarding missing XVideo port.

Using command xvinfo, I got the same thing:

X-Video Extension version 2.2
screen #0
no adaptors present

After a few evenings with Google and this forum, I'm stuck at the overlay thing. Everything seems fine, but the XVideo thing are non-existing.

Here are the details of my installation:

Linux dist: RedHat Fedora Core 2
Kernel: 2.6.6 from kernel.org

I had to compile in the 2.6.6 kernel (following some useful guides here) to be able to install the ATI driver. Every step went after the book without any problems or errors. I changed the AGP gart from built-in to module and checked that my chipset was in the list and enabled (Intel I865). Later, in the config, I told the driver to use the kernel gart driver. This certanly helped up the success for the 3D part.

Driver: fglrx-4.3.0-3.9.0.i386.rpm

This one was installed without any problems after the kernel work. The printout from fglrxinfo looks OK for me:

display: :0.0 screen: 0
OpenGL vendor string: ATI Technologies Inc.
OpenGL renderer string: RADEON 9600 Generic
OpenGL version string: 1.3 (X4.3.0-3.9.0)

I hope someone really can help me with this - the overlay part is the final missing part from making linux TV-capable.

I can add the configs and the Xorg-log on request - as thist is my first post, I wasn't able to link to the files and didn't want to fill up the post with large text blocks.

EDIT: Tested with MPlayer - same thing, could not create overlay due to the same XVideo problem.

Last edited by Illuwatar; 06-04-2004 at 05:11 PM.
 
Old 06-10-2004, 01:21 PM   #2
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Re: Overlay problems with ATI Radeon 9600 Pro

Quote:
Originally posted by Illuwatar
The next one was the graphic card - an ATI Radeon 9600 Pro. This one created a lot of unwanted work for me. Thanks to this forum and all skilled people here (and some Google work), I got the latest official ATI driver up and running (version 3.9.0).

Here are the details of my installation:

Linux dist: RedHat Fedora Core 2
Kernel: 2.6.6 from kernel.org
Hey, I've got the same details, and I installed the kernel 2.6.6 from the rpm package.
But I'm still not able to install the latest driver. (Still the same drm crap...)
On the ATI website, they say that the driver for my ATI Mobility Radeon 9600 is published on the manufacturer site, which is HP, but they just supply drivers for Windows. No linux.

Can you help me out, and post here what the "skilled people" told you, and what you did to get it running?

Quote:
I had to compile in the 2.6.6 kernel (following some useful guides here) to be able to install the ATI driver. Every step went after the book without any problems or errors. I changed the AGP gart from built-in to module and checked that my chipset was in the list and enabled (Intel I865). Later, in the config, I told the driver to use the kernel gart driver. This certanly helped up the success for the 3D part.

This one was installed without any problems after the kernel .
I first tried to download 2.6.6 from kernel.org, it compiled fine, but I don't know where to install the whole thing. I'm not familiar with this procedure, I'm still a newbie. Can you gimme a link about kernel compilation. I found some, but it mentions Lilo all the time, and I use grub. What are all the steps? And what should be built-in and what should be a module?
I've got to play around with it, since I've got another trouble: I get no sound in the headphone's jack, though it works fine under Windows.

Thanks for your help. Tack för hjälpen.
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Old 06-11-2004, 11:57 AM   #3
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There was two major guides I was using, both actually exists at this forum.

The first one contains the kernel part and was written by a user called boxsterman:

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also experienced the problem of having a segmentation fault when loading the fglrx module. The following steps helped me getting rid of the problem, with lots of help from this site of course :-)
[Environment: IBM Thinkpad T41p with clean Fedora Core 2]

1. Fetch a clean kernel 2.6.6 from kernel.org and extract it to /usr/src
2. Do a "make mrproper" and "make clean" to clear up previous kernel experiments if no clean kernel src package was used
3. copy *"original" .config from /boot/config-2.6.5-1.358 to /usr/src/linux-2.6.6
4. Do "make menuconfig" and set the following options
- Enable agp as module instead of build-in (Device Drivers -> Character devices -> AGP support)
- Enable your AGP chipset support (for me INTEL i865)
- Disable "Direct Rendering Management" just below AGP support
- Disable "Processor type and features -> Use register arguments" (not sure if really required)
- Enable "Kernel hacking -> Use 4Kb for kernel stacks instead of 8Kb"
5. Do a "make all && make modules_install && make install"
6. Reboot and make sure that the correct kernel is selected for the new boot process
7. Boot should work without problems ;-)
8. Fetch the ATI drivers drivers and install with "rpm -ivh --replacefiles fglrx-4.3.0-3.9.0.i386.rpm"
9. It should complain about not finding matching kernel modules and then start building them, including a modprobe of the new driver module (which caused segmentation faults problems on my system)
10. Use the configuration utility fglrxconfig to configure a sample XF86Config-4 file. Set the option "UseInternalAGPGART" to no
11. Copy at least the device section with identifier "ATI Graphics Adapter" and device "fglrx" to your existing xorg.conf and set the Device entry in the Screen section to "ATI Graphics Adapter".

After that I was able to reboot and have the fglrx device active (check /var/log/Xorg.0.log), but without 3D support due to problems with the agpgart modules. That was due to the fact that the agpgart and the appropriate AGP chipset support were not loaded automatically (at least the chipset module intel_agp was not loaded on my system). I added the following line to /etc/modprobe.conf to force loading of the AGP support including chipset support:

install agpgart /sbin/modprobe --ignore-install agpgart && /sbin/modprobe intel_agp

This solved my problem so far ... now I'm encountering problems when resuming the laptop from suspend mode. Does anybody has a clue what that problem might be? BTW, I using ACPI instead of APM, could this cause the problem? I remember an entry in the Xorg log about not finding APM support ....

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The second one describes more in detail the actual driver installation. I was picking from both of these to be able to complete my installation. The second one exists here at this forum and here: http://forums.pcper.com/showthread.php?t=325166.

I hope this will help You - I still have the problem with video overlay.
 
  


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