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Old 06-22-2003, 03:07 AM   #1
Shade
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Radeon 9000 Pro 3d Success!!! FINALLY!


I nearly gave up with a couple distros...

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...

Cool!

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.).

-Shade
 
Old 07-11-2003, 11:01 PM   #2
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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.
 
Old 07-12-2003, 12:10 PM   #3
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Martinman, the important part is having the source that matches your running kernel.

So if you're running a pretty vanilla kernel, the source for that is all you'll need.

I'm a kernel hacking expert by NO means!!! I was a little reluctant, but knew that since I could backup the kernel and had a boot disk, not to worry.

It's not that much of a daunting experience for the first time at all

-Shade
 
Old 07-12-2003, 12:23 PM   #4
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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.
 
Old 07-12-2003, 09:08 PM   #5
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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.
 
Old 07-29-2003, 08:24 PM   #6
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Shade,

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.

Thank you
 
Old 07-30-2003, 05:32 PM   #7
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Hi there,

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).

Third, tnx again for that post.

RoX

Last edited by RoX; 07-31-2003 at 02:58 AM.
 
Old 07-31-2003, 02:09 PM   #8
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Hmm interesting things here.

I will post link to my XF86Config-4.

You SHOULD change the driver line for your card, from whatever it is (assuming "vesa" or "radeon") to "fglrx".

The driver should compile and work, as long as you have DRI, GLcore, GLX loaded with XFree, and your kernel sources.

http://www22.brinkster.com/mikeshade/index.html

Scroll about halfway down, you'll see a XF86Config-4.txt link.

Last edited by Shade; 07-31-2003 at 02:14 PM.
 
Old 07-31-2003, 02:17 PM   #9
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Also, to troubleshoot further, try

[code]modprobe fglrx{/code]

And see what that gives you.
You'll get warnings about tainting the system with proprietary drivers, but don't worry.

The module should say, "Loaded, but with warnings."
or something similar.
 
Old 08-04-2003, 10:02 PM   #10
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There is nothing wrong with the module, I've checked that already. I tracked the problem down to the Xfree config. Hopefully having a working one to compare mine to should solve the problem.

Thanks for your help!
 
Old 08-04-2003, 10:11 PM   #11
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Hi there, everybody,

To increase our wisdom, I'd like to share - or brag about - my success:

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...threadid=74359

It's really about a laptop, but I guess we're talking about the same thing. No kernel recompiling needed for me.
 
  


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