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i installed redhat for first time and everything boots fine, but i get no GUI on start up. There was no radeon 9600 pro driver to choose from so i chose the generic radeon one. I know its an old version of redhat but its the only disk i have. Any ideas??? Total newbie so be gentle!!
Last I checked, Redhat's kernel/Xfree doesn't support the radeon chipset untill version 8 beta. The chipset works fine in version 9. I suggest an upgrade.
If you don't want to upgrade Redhat, try updating Xfree and the kernel to the latest available versions. See if you can get the radeon chipset to work with xfree-drm - either compiled into the kernel or installed as a third-party module.
A word about xfree-drm: if you're going to use it, don't compile xfree-dri into the kernel. If you're going to use third party xfree-drm modules, don't compile dri OR drm into the kernel. Also, xfree-dri may support the radeon chipset in the 2.6.x kernel - I haven't tried it out yet.
At any rate, the ATI drivers work - sometimes. The xfree-drm drivers are better.
the ATI site says i need Xfree86 version 4.0 or above and libc 6.2 compatible environment to install them. Don't know how to check if i currently have those. Can anyone refer me to walkthroughs for kernel upgrades i have no idea how to perform one.
X should print out its version number when it starts up (i.e. when you run "startx").
I'm not sure how to verify the current version of libc in Redhat, but I would guess that the version number would show up in your package database.
For a kernel upgrade walkthough, I would suggest googling the kernel you want to upgrade to. For example, google "kernel 2.4 compilation walkthrough" is you want to upgrade to the 2.4.x kernel.
I strongly suggest upgrading to Redhat 9 or to the Fedora Core is you plan to get full functionality out of your radeon chipset. In the meantime, you can change your display type to a generic vesa device. The X server will run, but you won't get 3d acceleration in games.
version 2.4.23 would do all your need from www.kernel.org
the only thing you need to do was to compile your kernel which wasn't very hard nor easy. go to www.redhat to see the doc regarding compiling your kernel.
all neccesary thing you need to worry about while compiling was compile all radeon chipset support as M or module and DON'T compile drm support. it wouldn't do good for you.