LinuxQuestions.org
Download your favorite Linux distribution at LQ ISO.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Laptop and Netbook
User Name
Password
Linux - Laptop and Netbook Having a problem installing or configuring Linux on your laptop? Need help running Linux on your netbook? This forum is for you. This forum is for any topics relating to Linux and either traditional laptops or netbooks (such as the Asus EEE PC, Everex CloudBook or MSI Wind).

Notices

Reply
 
Search this Thread
Old 04-06-2004, 11:06 PM   #1
JamesR22
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Apr 2004
Posts: 3

Rep: Reputation: 0
RHE3 & ATI Mobility Radeon 9700


Hi All,

I have just purchased a new Dell Inspiron 9100 and tried to install RHE3. Unfortunatly, RHE3 does not support thre Grahpics Card (128MB DDR ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 AGP 8X Graphics). I have had a look in all the usual places for a driver but no luck!

Currently I have installed the VESA but resolution is very very low (800X600). I can't find an appropriate driver. Can you help? Please.


Any help appreciated.

Regards,

James
 
Old 04-07-2004, 05:31 PM   #2
boonzee
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Apr 2004
Distribution: Slackware 9.1
Posts: 1

Rep: Reputation: 0
I just purchased Inspiron 9100 and building XP Pro + Slackware 9.1 double boot on it. It feels so comforting to see another person fighting with the same issues

My success so far:
- multiboot works: XP MBR booter, grub chained from boot.ini. Built-in support of USB storage and USB memory drive were extremely helpful
- WiFi works: ndiswrapper and stock Dell drivers that came with laptop (Dell R63259.exe) work out of the box.
- video somewhat works. I was able to install DRI drivers from dri.sourceforge.net and configure X to use full 1920x1200. Hardware acceleration doesn't work for now.

Download and install latest DRI drivers from dri.sourceforge.net. I used
r200-20040401-linux.i386.tar.bz2 from
h.t.t.p://www.freedesktop.org/~dri/snapshots/
and XFree86 from
h.t.t.p://www.freedesktop.org/~dri/snapshots/extras/XFree86.bz2

Below is my XF86Config-4. I think Most important sections are "Monitor" and "Device". Note that its work in progress and I'm a complete Linux newbee so chances are very good it may be improved in many ways

# **********************************************************************
# DRI Section
# **********************************************************************
Section "dri"
# Access to OpenGL ICD is allowed for all users:
Mode 0666
EndSection

# **********************************************************************
# Module section -- this section is used to specify
# which dynamically loadable modules to load.
# **********************************************************************
#
Section "Module"
Load "dbe" # Double buffer extension
# This loads the miscellaneous extensions module, and disables
# initialisation of the XFree86-DGA extension within that module.
SubSection "extmod"
# Option "omit xfree86-dga"
EndSubSection
Load "type1"
Load "freetype"
Load "glx" # libglx.a
Load "dri" # libdri.a
EndSection

# **********************************************************************
# Files section. This allows default font and rgb paths to be set
# **********************************************************************

Section "Files"
RgbPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/rgb"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/local/"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/misc/"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi/:unscaled"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi/:unscaled"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/Type1/"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/Speedo/"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi/"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi/"
# ModulePath "/usr/X11R6/lib/modules"
EndSection

# **********************************************************************
# Server flags section.
# **********************************************************************

Section "ServerFlags"

EndSection

# **********************************************************************
# Input devices
# **********************************************************************

# **********************************************************************
# Core keyboard's InputDevice section
# **********************************************************************

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Keyboard1"
Driver "Keyboard"
Option "AutoRepeat" "500 30"
Option "XkbRules" "xfree86"
Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
Option "XkbLayout" "us"
EndSection

# **********************************************************************
# Core Pointer's InputDevice section
# **********************************************************************

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Mouse1"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "ImPS/2"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
Option "Device" "/dev/mouse"
EndSection

# **********************************************************************
# Monitor section
# **********************************************************************

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Monitor0"
HorizSync 31.5 - 100
VertRefresh 50 - 90
Modeline "1920x1200" 246.59 1920 2064 2272 2624 1200 1201 1204 1253
Option "dpms"
EndSection

# **********************************************************************
# Graphics device section
# **********************************************************************

# === ATI device section ===

Section "Device"
Identifier "ATI Graphics Adapter"
Driver "radeon"
BusID "PCI:1:0:0" # vendor=1002, device=4e50
Screen 0
EndSection

# **********************************************************************
# Screen sections
# **********************************************************************

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Screen0"
Device "ATI Graphics Adapter"
Monitor "Monitor0"
DefaultDepth 24
#Option "backingstore"

Subsection "Display"
Depth 24
Modes "1920x1200" "1024x768" "1152x864" "1280x960" "1280x1024" "1400x1050"
ViewPort 0 0 # initial origin if mode is smaller than desktop
# Virtual 1280 1024
EndSubsection
EndSection

# **********************************************************************
# ServerLayout sections.
# **********************************************************************

Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "Server Layout"
Screen "Screen0"
InputDevice "Mouse1" "CorePointer"
InputDevice "Keyboard1" "CoreKeyboard"
EndSection

### EOF ###
 
Old 04-07-2004, 05:55 PM   #3
JamesR22
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Apr 2004
Posts: 3

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
Thanks for this information. I should be working on this later today.

Regards,

James
 
Old 06-13-2004, 06:53 PM   #4
vsu003
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: May 2004
Posts: 8

Rep: Reputation: 0
I have RH 9 on my inspiron 9100 but having problems with the Network card and Sound Card. Can you help me in rectifing it. How do i make both of them work.

Thanks
 
Old 07-22-2004, 07:55 AM   #5
benas
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Jul 2004
Location: Paris France
Posts: 1

Rep: Reputation: 0
Hi all,

So from bonzee it seems that the r200 dri driver is doing the job for an ATI radeon mobility 9700 on a Dell 9100.
But if I read correctly from http://www.xfree86.org/current/radeon.4.html, r200 is for radeon 9100 whereas rv350 is for M10/M11 chips. And as far as I know M11 is the chips on the radeon 9700 mobility.
So did anybody try the rv350 driver ?

As much important as I'm planning to buy a laptop for a dual boot XP/Linux: did anybody try to setup a 17" WSXGA screen, and ideally with a radeon 9700 mobility or radeon 9700 Pro mobility.

Many thanks in advance for your replies,
Philippe
 
Old 08-18-2004, 03:39 PM   #6
lastkidpicked
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Sep 2003
Location: annapolis
Distribution: redhat 5.2
Posts: 6

Rep: Reputation: 0
Rock On

Im feelin ya bro (James). I just bought a notebook from xtremenotebooks.com. The raptor 64 to be exact. With the amd 64 bit 3200+ processor, a gig of ram, and the radeon mobility 9700 (128 mb). I too want to dual boot linux and xp. I got a copy of suse 9.1 professional, and a copy of windows xp pro. Im such a noob its not even funny. I quite good at windows, but I love the open source projects and how great the linux community is. My screen is a 15.4" widescreen. Ok, so it isn't 17" widescreen, but i know where you are comming from. I noticed very well that the resolutions only are at the sqaure ratios. such as 1024 x 768. Although, the screen from end to end, the picture is not stretched?? I could not get 3d acceleration to work either right off the bat. It appears as tho ill have to find some drivers. Ok, i don't have any answers to your questions. I just wanted to let you know Im working on the same problem. Hopefully in about at most a week I'll be back with some suggestions once i solve this mystery. Rock On Brotha!
Love,
Daniel

M to the Oses, J to the Esus
Qu'est Que Ce What?!
 
Old 08-20-2004, 10:34 PM   #7
reyk
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Sep 2003
Posts: 3

Rep: Reputation: 0
I've just installed rhe3 on my 9100, and after upgrading the software thru the RH website, one of the choices in system tools -> display is generic LCD panel 1920x1200. This can be run with the generic VESA driver (also selected here) at a max resolution of 1600x1200. It's not perfect, but after staring at 800x600 for a few days I was ecstatic.

My problem is the fans don't work like they do in Windows. In Windows I've counted 5 different fan speeds, in addition to off. After the processor runs full blast for 10 or 15 seconds, the fan speed increases under windows. I've noticed 2 fan speeds in Linux - the second one comes on when my screensaver (lots of graphics) runs for a while, but it's nowhere near as fast, and the exit air is lots hotter - probably not so good.

I had a Linux guru buddy try walking me thru a kernel configuration thing, and APCI (Advanced Power Configuration Interface) is not installed at all. In his kernel, same rev, it is. A call to RH support resulted in a pretty terse reply that the Inspiron 9100 is not on the supported laptop list, so buzz off.

There is some info on installing the APCI into the kernel at http://www.tldp.org/HOWTO/ACPI-HOWTO/index.html - but it needs more Linux chops than I've got at the moment. You can also do a search for i8kutils, which are some utilities including fan control for the Inspiron 8600. I've seen some stuff from 9100 users that claim it works. I hope to get it into a kernel soon.

Good luck.
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
ATI Radeon Mobility 9600/9700 and TV IN logologics Linux - Hardware 0 09-05-2005 04:10 AM
ATI Radeon mobility 9700 with Suse Linux nelly-forum Linux - Hardware 7 04-26-2005 01:29 PM
Fedora Core 3 and ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 Niels82 Linux - Laptop and Netbook 2 12-06-2004 04:43 PM
ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 motovoi Linux - Laptop and Netbook 0 10-28-2004 05:08 AM
ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 AGP with RHE3 JamesR22 LinuxQuestions.org Member Intro 1 04-07-2004 04:52 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:54 AM.

Main Menu
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
identi.ca: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration