I received a Radeon 7500LE as a gift. Little did I know that the actual gift was going to be a crash course on configuring X servers.
I installed the card in my dual PIII 800Mhz Dell and followed with a Fedora Core 2 install. Everything went very smoothly. 2d performance is great. However, 3d performance is not so great. Glxgears reports an abysmal 170 fps at best that dives quickly with increased CPU load. The bind that I'm in is that the xorg and kernel logs report no relevant errors that I can use as a starting point. Glxinfo reports "direct rendering: Yes". The xorg log says that hardware acceleration is enabled.
I've tried the very helpful DRI troubleshooting guide on their website as well as various suggestions gleaned through some 3am googling. The only thing I'm not entirely sure about is if this Radeon is a PCI or AGP card. The manual cover seems to indicate its a PCI card but further reading mentions support for AGP BIOS extensions.
For the log curious:
A "dmesg | grep agpart" returns:
Linux agpgart interface v0.100 (c) Dave Jones
agpgart: Detected an Intel i840 Chipset.
agpgart: Maximum main memory to use for agp memory: 439M
agpgart: AGP aperture is 128M @ 0xe8000000
but a "dmesg | grep drm" returns only:
[drm] Initialized radeon 1.10.0 20020828 on minor 0:
- no line about AGP
So if this isn't a AGP enabled card, fine. But shouldn't I expect a little more tlc in the frame rate department?
03:05.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Radeon RV200 QW [Radeon 7500]
Thanks for the help in advance. My screensavers thank you too.