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Old 01-01-2004, 01:33 AM   #1
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Need tips on which drivers to use when installing RHL 9 with a Radeon.


Ok im installing RHL 9 on my new build, and i have ran into a problem installing the video card. (a radeon 9600 non-pro 128mbs) Which one do i pick? I know that their are drivers FOR radeons, except that they dont have the 9600?! So i checked the rest of the list and found FireGL. and thats where i flipped out. i didn't know what it was, so i checked ati's site and found this "FireGL", i started to read what each had to say, but i went insane trying to understand what the hell firegl was!!! So i researched some more, and i think i found some answers, and im not totaly sure if it is the right one.... but that is why u guys were put on earth. So u can help out the linux illiterate people, that have dug themselves a trench which they cant get out of. anyway after i read some more i came to the conlusion that I have to use the FireGL 8700, and/or 8800, because it said so. I may be wrong, so i need ur help! I've already tried 2 and they both couldn't boot the up after the second time i try to use my linux box.(which by the way is incredably GAY!) Is there a SPECIFIFC ONE i should use to use my graphic card??? I want to play my emulated games and I've heard (read) that the FireGL drivers are the best drivers to get for ur radeon, and im gonna stick to that. O yea and I read this on one of the firegl drivers installation tips and wanted to know if its true...

"On distributions that come with pre-packaged drivers for the
graphics board a native graphics mode install will work."

I dont want to reinstall RedHatLinux again so answers would be great, thanx!
 
Old 01-02-2004, 11:19 AM   #2
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"(a radeon 9600 non-pro 128mbs) Which one do i pick? "
i would say pick radeon pro XT which just came out and it does go faster than it predecessors, 9600 and 9600 pro.

Regarding your question about which drive to use. go to
http://www.ati.com/support/drivers/l...7&submit=GO%21
which was the lastest driver from www.ati.com for your radeon card.
it do full support 9600, 9600 pro and 9600 pro XT.

however. There is a support problem with your kernel which came with redhat linux 9.0. you need to go to www.kernel.org to download a new kernel and compile it in order to get your card working right.
You could use "glxgears" to see how many fps do you get right now and after you installed the driver to do a compare.
go to www.redhat.com to found the docs regarding howto compile your new kernel.
 
Old 01-02-2004, 04:45 PM   #3
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no I ALREADY have a radeon 9600 non-pro, but im asking which driver in the list do i pick or like u said "There is a support problem with your kernel which came with redhat linux 9.0." so does this mean that the drivers are not fuctioning and i have to download them and install myself?
 
Old 01-02-2004, 06:32 PM   #4
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correct.
you must go through the driver installation stuff.
There is no way you could do it without the process.
You could get your X up right away after you download and install that driver.
However, if you want to play game like tux racer. you need to make sure your glxgears is running around 30000fps or your 3d acceleration was working right.
here is how you install your driver after you download your driver and login as root.
cd to where the driver's at .
then do "rpm -ivh --force <driver's name, end with rpm>"
during the process, it will say something about a modules was tainted.
If that's the only error you are getting. It's not a problem. Actually it's not an error at all.
run "fglrxconfig" to recreate a XFree86Config file for your graphics card.
if you don't know what it is. then don't worry about it. just type "fglrxconfig" as a command and it will ask you some questions regarding your monitor's Horizontal and Vertical Refresh Rate.
 
Old 01-02-2004, 08:05 PM   #5
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Thanx tricky_linux, u got me out of the hole.
 
Old 01-04-2004, 01:26 PM   #6
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Cheers!
 
Old 01-07-2004, 02:14 AM   #7
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Will that command work in other distros as well? Debian, Mandrake, etc? I am having the same problem with my 9600Pro..


Stealth -
 
Old 01-09-2004, 10:37 AM   #8
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it works in Mandrake.
just change command "rpm" to "urpmi".
then others stays the same.
 
  


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