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Old 04-08-2005, 02:21 PM   #1
hongman
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Recompiling Kernal for ATI


Ahhhh!

After all this time, I still havent got my display drivers installed correctly. On Knoppix 3.7, ATI Radeon 9200SE.

My display maxes out at 1024x768 @ 24bit colour at the mo.

I have been told and seen evidence that I need to recompile my kernal to get these display drivers working properly...

Anyone know of any good guides, and or step by step (and I mean step by step!) instructions? I have no knowledge of kernals, or kernal modules, etc.

All I have found out is:

Everyone complains ATI drivers are a &$@^ to get installed right
I need to edit the Xfree86-4 file
I'm in way over my head

Please, experts, help!!

Thanks

Hong
 
Old 04-08-2005, 02:53 PM   #2
harken
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That's right, ATIs and Linux don't play too well together (although I heard quite a few saying they're happy with their cards).
However, first of all, it's spelled kernel instead of kernal (see my sig as well).
Second, I have a Radeon 9200SE as well and it's working at the same parameters as yours. A color depth of 24 bits is actually the maximum you can get (there is an explanation in the kernel's documentation if you want to know more).
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Anyone know of any good guides, and or step by step (and I mean step by step!) instructions? I have no knowledge of kernals, or kernal modules, etc.
I can provide you a set of configuration options that works on my machine (no guarantees it will work on another one), but first take a tour through these pages to get yourself used to what a kernel compile actually means: http://www.google.com/search?q=linux+kernel+howto.

So, here's one configuration that *might* work:
CONFIG_MODULES=y
CONFIG_MODULE_UNLOAD=y
CONFIG_KMOD=y
CONFIG_MTRR=y
CONFIG_AGP=m
CONFIG_AGP_chipset=m (select the chipset present on your motherboard)
CONFIG_DRM=y
CONFIG_DRM_RADEON=m
# CONFIG_FB is not set (uncheck this option)
CONFIG_TMPFS=y

All the other settings are at your option, so I suggest you once again to actually look through the google search pages before complaining about your new-not-working kernel. And also, there may be other kernel configurations that may allow your card to work properly, so make google your best friend.
Good luck!
 
Old 04-08-2005, 05:26 PM   #3
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Thank you for your help. I'll give it a stab tomorrow morning. That way, if it dont work, I got all weekend to fix it!!

Hong
 
  


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