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Old 01-28-2003, 02:37 PM   #1
rastavideo
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compiling ATI Mach64GX driver


I got Yellow Dog Linux 2.3 installed over the weekend on a 9600 with a Powerlogix ZIF/G3 500 chip, which I believe is really running at 333mhz or so ...


I could only get the X configuration to see "fbdev" as a driver for my ATI card. Consequently, I am running KDE at 1024x768 @ 8bits. I tried to use the other ATI driver choices, but they did not work. In looking around the directories, I did find what I am guessing is an uncompiled driver for the ATI Mach64 GX card I have; it has a .c extension.


I opened it in pico and found the libraries it requires, and tried to compile it after reading the man gcc pages. I got an error message that it could not find one of the files it requires, video/fbcon.h. I could locate it, and I opened it in pico, so I know it's real.


So I guess I have two questions:
Do I have to compile this code to make the driver for my card?
What can I do to make gcc see this file?


thanks ## scott
 
Old 01-28-2003, 07:18 PM   #2
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I don't think you've found what you think you found.
for xserver support of a certain video card, you need
a version of xfree that supports it.
go to www.xfree.org and try to find stuff about your video
card, and see if a version of xfree supports it.

this will not do you any good, but you can edit the
c file you are messing with and change the the path
to the header file to the exact path where the file
exits on your system. Don't waste your time though.
 
Old 01-29-2003, 02:39 PM   #3
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I went to the XFree web site as suggested and my card -- an ATI Mach 64 GX OEM'd to Apple -- is supported, both by version 3 and now version 4, which is what I'm using.

I have tried altering the XF86Config-4 file to read "ati" for the driver but the error messages say that DisplayDepth of 15 and 16 are not supported. I changed it to a depth of 8, and it says an unknown RAMDAC detected. In all cases, I am using 1024x768 and 1152x870 as my screen sizes. Would using Xpmac be better than fbdev?

BTW: I altered the mach64_gx.c file in pico by putting in the absolute path to the one file it couldn't find and I did not get that error again. I got a lot of other errors, but that one is solved.

thanks ## scott
 
  


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