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Old 05-24-2005, 10:06 PM   #1
St00gE
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Problems initialising ati-fglrx kernel module in FC3


Hi,

I recently installed FC3 with kernel and would like to enable 3D support with my ATI 9800 Pro card. Problem is I installed the latest fglrx module fine using 'yum' then when I rebooted fglrx would not initialise during the startup screen. All processes come up with a green 'OK' and for fglrx there was a 'FAILED' message in red with an error.

I wasn't able to catch the whole message but it was something about 'DRI unable to initialise' and fglrx will not work with this kernel.

Is there any way for me to find some sort of log which would contain the error message, or is there anyone who knows a solution to this problem? I am currently running kernel 2.6.9-1-667 and really want to get 3D support going.

Thanks.
 
Old 05-25-2005, 01:37 AM   #2
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Am a newbee as well, so cannot help too much, but the valuable logs are
obtain in command line (start an Xterm window) by
dmesg
or
cat /var/log/syslog
you may want to see what is in xorg.0.log
mayb xdm.log as well
(all in /var/log/)
(press <sihft><page up> to go up the log

You might need to be root to run cat /var/log/syslog
(type su first then passwd. Be careful then as root...)

Sorry cannot help more, but you should be able to learn from that
and post the exact message
 
Old 05-25-2005, 05:38 PM   #3
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You need to also have **A** agpart running; howinhell FC makes these start at powerup I'm 'fraid I don't know -- I use Gentoo and I got it working here, but never got it working on the SuSE 9.0Pro that decided to replace with Gentoo (for this reason especially!)

3D I use is opengl, FWIW.

HOWEVER -- I have seen where others have claimed to have this combo going great guns, so I'm *fairly* sure that there's a solution somewhere.

Try www.google.com/linux & search for ati & fc3, etc.

Luck!
 
Old 05-25-2005, 07:22 PM   #4
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Have you run fglrxconfig yet?

I have a Radeon 9600 pro and the only way I could get it to work was to answer "yes" to the following question when I ran fglrxconfig ...

Do you want to use the external AGP GART module (y/n)?
 
Old 05-25-2005, 09:26 PM   #5
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<blush> Ummmmmmm....... I forgot to mention that I had to say yes to that one too.....
rgh
</blush>
 
Old 05-26-2005, 09:29 AM   #6
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Re: Problems initialising ati-fglrx kernel module in FC3

Quote:
Originally posted by St00gE
Hi,
I recently installed FC3 with kernel and would like to enable 3D support with my ATI 9800 Pro card. Problem is I installed the latest fglrx module fine using 'yum' then when I rebooted fglrx would not initialize during the startup screen. All processes come up with a green 'OK' and for fglrx there was a 'FAILED' message in red with an error.
I wasn't able to catch the whole message but it was something about 'DRI unable to initialize' and fglrx will not work with this kernel.
Is there any way for me to find some sort of log which would contain the error message, or is there anyone who knows a solution to this problem? I am currently running kernel 2.6.9-1-667 and really want to get 3D support going.
Thanks.
First of all ensure you have a agpgart module running (as root):
Code:
lsmod | grep agp
if not:
Code:
modprobe agpgart
I don't know whether the ATI drivers support DRI or not, so you need to check your /etc/X11/xorg.conf or /etc/X11/XF86Config and search whether the DRI extensions are loaded or not:
Code:
cat /etc/X11/xorg.conf | grep dri
If DRI is disabled then it will have a trailing # sign, edit the file with:
Code:
me /etc/X11/xorg.conf
or with:

Code:
nano -w /etc/X11/xorg.conf
Chang it removing or adding a trailing #

Then try loading the fglrx module
Code:
modprobe fglrx
And then issue a startx. If it fails again you will get a more exhaustive error log.
This log is also available at /var/log/Xorg.0.log, copy it to a Win partition from where you can cut&paste to this forum. What you should post is the last entry beginning with ERROR.
 
Old 05-26-2005, 10:50 AM   #7
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Talking

Ok, I have tried many things to get this working and finally IT WORKS!!!

I think the problem was the driver module I was using might not have supported my kernel or that DRI thing, I downloaded them from 'Livna.org'. So I got rid of that module and got an RPM for the proprietry driver from the ATI site, I installed it and ran 'fglrxconfig' and made sure external agpgart was enabled, updated the 'xorg.conf' file, restarted X and after running 'glxgears' & Tux Racer everything seemed to work. No more choppy framerates.

Thanx to all for helping out. Btw, what is DRI?
 
  


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