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But now, after doing all the work that I thought would never get done, I finally got 3d in Linux with my ATI Radeon 9000 Pro !!!
And what a great card it is now that I can finally run TuxRacer and Chromium...
All I had to do (and it was actually pretty simple, when I look back on it.. It was just getting to know what I had to do that was hard..)
was Recompile my kernel with the source, then run the fglrx install program... Downlaoded from schneider.de... search for the actual link to the tar.bz2. It's been posted many times.
So, I recompiled the kernel.. Which took forever on my 300mhz celeron, and then ran the make.sh and make_install for fglrx...
I edited my existing XF86Config-4 to use fglrx instead of radeon, and it worked!
Running fglrxconfig made an XF86Config-4 file, but it wasn't usable.. Supposedly,
"Screens found.. but no usable configuration"
So I just used my old XF86Config-4 and changed Radeon to fglrx and it worked like a charm..
Try running fglrxgears or glxgears...
I now have a fps of 1000+, which is incredible.
Try getting that in windows... Never!
Anyway, I'm off to do some more gaming. This is incredibly awesome.
I can't believe I finally got it done.
So, in summary, what I had to do...:
Recompile my 2.4.20 kernel from source. I didn't really change any of the configuration, although it can still be optimized.
then... Install the FireGL 8700/8800 drivers from schneider -- search for the exact link, I don't have it handy.
Then, edit your XF86Config-4 file to use fglrx instead of radeon or vesa as the vid driver...
And you should be in business!
Excellent!!!!!!!!!!!! (not enough !!!s in the world to exclaim my happiness about this.).
wow, as soon as I understand enough to safely compile the kernel I'm gonna give this a shot! if you look at my thread history, I've started 3 threads dealing with this, one of which reached about 5 pages =P So if this works then you'll be my freaking GOD.
well, i had my share of tries at this, and didnt sucessfully recompile until the almighty, wonderful, GENIUS sklav of IRC came to my rescue. He walked me through exactly what to do and what i was doing wrong. So now I'm running 2.4.21 on RH9, however there's no sound support. I figure I'll tackle that before trying to get opengl working, cuz hey, im more of a sound freak then a gaming freak.
Once again thx so much sklav (if you're reading) for teaching me how to build my own custom kernel from SOURCE.
ok, scratch that. I tried adding sound support with creative's open source drivers. Man they farked a few things up. I decided to clean my act up and run on a modded 2.4.20-8 (with sound). Which i am doing now.
Pertaining to the subject, still no luck. The install of the fglrx drivers went fine, i even followed the step specific to RH 8 (and im assuming 9) users. I edit the XF86 config and im stuck in CLI 'till the handy little wizard resets my xf86config.
Perhaps it's just a goofy redhat thing, still not sure.
I am gladdened by your luck with the ATI Drivers for your Radeon. I dont seem to share your luck though, and cant seem to get my Radeon 9500Pro working. I've updated my XFree86 to 4.3 and used the proper drivers, still with no success. If you could post your XFree86 config file, perhaps I can figure out what Im doing wrong.
First, thank you Shade for that post. I was able to get my Radeon 9500 pro up and running right in rh9. But all I did was installing those drivers from the schneider site and didn't even had to mod my XFree86-4 conf file.
Second, I have some questions regarding that 1000+ FPS. You got that with glxgears or fgl_glxgears? 'cause with fgl_glxgears i have FPS around 130 while with glxgears i have somewhere around 2500 and I think something's not right here. I also tried to play America's Army Linux Client and frame rate is very, very low. Haven't tried others games yet (tuxracer runs fine btw).