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Old 10-10-2006, 09:17 PM   #331
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Sorry it's been a couple of months since I've posted, or even read anything on here...

But I'm back.

What's going on?
 
Old 10-11-2006, 05:51 PM   #332
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OK...Slack 11 is here, so...

...Any issues or comments? I'm still getting/downloading it, so I have nothing yet.

If anyone has any stories, post them.
 
Old 10-11-2006, 06:42 PM   #333
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EVGA e-GeForce 7900GTX 512Mb GDDR3, 256bit interface, 650Mhz core 1600Mhz memory

Well I bought this EVGA's babe (newegg's reference and more pics) like 2 weeks ago. Works flawlessly
I'm using the latest 8774 nVidia Drivers, I was using this beta driver but I was getting oversized fonts on KDE (anyone knows why?)
The card had bundled a game, Hitman: Blood Money. Really nice as I wasn't expecting it. I liked the game I had only played Hitman II before.
Latest games I have run on Slackware 11.0, all of them at 1280x1024 as that is my monitor's limit (I need a bigger one)
-- UT2004 maxed out, damn smooth game even that it's supposed to be not so new
-- Doom3 High Quality FSAA 4x, Aniso 8x
-- Quake4 the very same as Doom3

On windoze XP sp2 I've run:
-- Hitman: Blood Money, everything maxed out
-- F.E.A.R., maximum on cpu, maximum on video except Soft Shadows Off
-- F.E.A.R. Extraction Point Demo, same settings as F.E.A.R.

Gotta try more games but I'm really busy blasting bots out on UT2004
 
Old 10-11-2006, 10:29 PM   #334
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The only input that I have for slack 11.0 is related to one ATI/computer so far reloaded about 3 x now.

This thread here on LQ! has my experience:
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...d.php?t=489136

Presently, I find the new slack 11 much better for games, as I kind of figured it would with the xorg upgrade.

However, I've had a few screen melt's on exiting KDE just to go to run level 3 that I use as default, I don't use the KDE or any graphical log-on screen. There are times that I drop down to cli and I have absolutely nothing on screen but black. Hitting control+Alt+f6 get's me to a prompt, well usually. Sometimes, I have to hit ctrl+alt+del.

I get this spammed about 500 lines or so in my /var/log/xorg.0.log alot:
Quote:
(II) Loading extension ATIFGLRXDRI
(II) fglrx(0): doing DRIScreenInit
drmOpenDevice: node name is /dev/dri/card0
drmOpenDevice: open result is 10, (OK)
drmOpenDevice: node name is /dev/dri/card0
drmOpenDevice: open result is 10, (OK)
drmOpenByBusid: Searching for BusID PCI:3:0:0
I've had the graphics driver reset itself 2x while playing Unreal Tournament 2004, I did not lose the connection to the game server, or lose the game tho Thank god, I was winning too.

I'm not sure, but I may try out what Mr. Pat V describes in the "Changes & Hints.txt" file:

Quote:
* If you have an ati radeon card and are experiencing problems with
it locking up, there is a patched set of ati modules at
/extra/x11-radeon-patched/ - if you are not experiencing problems, then
don't install this, as it does tend to cause problems if you weren't
already having them...
I'm not locking up, but I am having video failures.

I'm using the latest ATI drivers.

I would say that for the first page of this thread, for section ATI to definitely clarify that it's for Slackware 10.2 only.

For slack 11.0 you still need the fstab entry, and you now need to download the 32bit installer file: "ati-driver-installer-8.29.6.run" whereas before we only used the "fglrx_6_8_0-8.29.6-1.i386.rpm"

Another important note about ATI is the 'glxgears' now really shows no good method of predicting how good drivers are for us anymore.

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...d.php?t=486323
 
Old 10-12-2006, 02:14 PM   #335
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Added the "Slackware 10.2 only." disclaimer on first post.

Looks like I'll have to revisit everything for 11... Whenever it gets done downloading the DVD image, I'll do a fresh install on my Intel box, then my Nvidia one, then I'll pull the Nvidia card out, enable the SIS chip, and try that, too.

Results will be added/posted as soon as I can get them here.

Last edited by cwwilson721; 10-12-2006 at 02:15 PM.
 
Old 10-13-2006, 03:29 AM   #336
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Still downloading the DVD iso. ~16+ more hours...sigh.

Then install/configure/fix my screwups...
 
Old 10-13-2006, 06:41 AM   #337
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Great thread... My first ATI experience (toshiba notebook): I put all kernel drm stuff as modules, installed the ati drivers, put the tmpfs line in my fstab and it all worked fine.

Many thanks.
 
Old 10-13-2006, 11:40 AM   #338
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Great thread... My first ATI experience (toshiba notebook): I put all kernel drm stuff as modules, installed the ati drivers, put the tmpfs line in my fstab and it all worked fine.

Many thanks.
Thanks for the kudos.

What Distro are you using? If Slackware, which version?

Has anybody used the info here for a distro other than Slackware?

I want to see if this info helps other distros too, and if most of the info also works in Slackware 11... I'm still downloading it...8+ hours to go...
 
Old 10-13-2006, 12:32 PM   #339
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Quote:
Originally Posted by cwwilson721
....Has anybody used the info here for a distro other than Slackware?....
Some time ago, I got nVidia cards working on a couple of Suse 10.1 installations, I wanted to try the XGL stuff.
Though this was done on the Slackware way, pretty straightforward, and I think this "method" should work on any distro. I didn't want to mess up with yast-like wizards or such:
-- I downloaded the driver from the nvidia site
-- Shut down X server
-- Executed the file, and let it make its magic for some seconds
-- Tweak the xorg.conf file a little (SuSE had some modelines that made the screen flicker a lot in any resolution, just commented them out, were not needed at all)
-- startx again and that's it.

Though that's my unique experience with other distros besides Slackware. I don't have the time nor the patience to make them work like Slackware does in the first install. I think you all slackers shall understand me

I could work fine on Suse10.1 and XGL enabled around 2 weeks but then I had to come back to Slackware when yast decided to upgrade KDE, failed outright and left me without my konsole (no one takes my konsole away ya hear me!?). I erased SuSE's partition the same day.
 
Old 10-13-2006, 05:53 PM   #340
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Yup! just did a fresh install of Slack 11.... I bought the dvd but the laptop wouldn't read it!! haha! so I had to download disk 1! Now looking at lovely xfce desktop mmmm. Thanks again.
 
Old 10-14-2006, 12:21 AM   #341
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OK..Running 11 now...

...and have found that I needed to modprobe agpgart.

Other than that, everything is fine. (At least on the i810 system)

Will post for my Nvidia and SiS when/if I upgrade it to 11 instead of 11rc1...
 
Old 10-14-2006, 02:01 PM   #342
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I'm running Slackware 11.0, kernel 2.6.18, and have installed ATI's proprietary drivers using ati-driver-installer-8.29.6.run, and, pretty much, things work like I'd hoped. The card is a Radeon X300 series and my tube is a Samsung SyncMaster 955DF (all of which was automagicially detected and written to xorg.conf. I added

Section "DRI"
Mode 0666
EndSection


to xorg.conf and

tmpfs /dev/shm tmpfs defaults 0 0


to /etc/fstab.

glxinfo reports direct rendering: Yes.

So far, so good.

The tube is supposed to be capable of 1600x1200 (Smasung says this is the max), 1280x1024, and so on down to butt-ugly. It's looking like the ATI driver will not support 1600x1200, but it defaults to 1792x1344, followed by 1280x1024 and so on. Problem is, the tube starts and displays 1792x1344 but it's offset to the left -- I can correct that with the controls and get the display centered but that ain't gonna work so hot when I boot (shudder) XP on the rare occasion I need to (shudder). This isn't a Big Deal, but I like resolution at 1600x1200 where 1280x1024 looks gunky and I'm wondering if there's some (convenient) way to "fix" that; so far no luck with the documentation.

I did try adding

Modes "1600x1200" "1280x1024"


in the "Screen" section added to xorg.conf and got 1280x1024 (for what that's worth).

Anyway, thanks to others with helpful hints about direct rendering and ATI's proprietary drivers -- this turned out to be simpler than I'd ever have thought.

Any hints about this would be appreciated.

Oh, yeah, the ati-driver-installer-8.29.6.run, file just installs.

fglrxinfo displays:

display: :0.0 screen: 0
OpenGL vendor string: ATI Technologies Inc.
OpenGL renderer string: RADEON X300/X550 Series Generic
OpenGL version string: 2.0.6065 (8.29.6)


And fgl_glxgears reports:

Using GLX_SGIX_pbuffer
875 frames in 5.0 seconds = 175.000 FPS
1054 frames in 5.0 seconds = 210.800 FPS
1050 frames in 5.0 seconds = 210.000 FPS
 
Old 10-14-2006, 02:04 PM   #343
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Originally Posted by tronayne
I'm running Slackware 11.0, kernel 2.6.18, and have installed ATI's proprietary drivers using ati-driver-installer-8.29.6.run, and, pretty much, things work like I'd hoped. The card is a Radeon X300 series and my tube is a Samsung SyncMaster 955DF (all of which was automagicially detected and written to xorg.conf. I added

Section "DRI"
Mode 0666
EndSection


to xorg.conf and

tmpfs /dev/shm tmpfs defaults 0 0


to /etc/fstab.

glxinfo reports direct rendering: Yes.

So far, so good.

The tube is supposed to be capable of 1600x1200 (Smasung says this is the max), 1280x1024, and so on down to butt-ugly. It's looking like the ATI driver will not support 1600x1200, but it defaults to 1792x1344, followed by 1280x1024 and so on. Problem is, the tube starts and displays 1792x1344 but it's offset to the left -- I can correct that with the controls and get the display centered but that ain't gonna work so hot when I boot (shudder) XP on the rare occasion I need to (shudder). This isn't a Big Deal, but I like resolution at 1600x1200 where 1280x1024 looks gunky and I'm wondering if there's some (convenient) way to "fix" that; so far no luck with the documentation.

I did try adding

Modes "1600x1200" "1280x1024"


in the "Screen" section added to xorg.conf and got 1280x1024 (for what that's worth).

Anyway, thanks to others with helpful hints about direct rendering and ATI's proprietary drivers -- this turned out to be simpler than I'd ever have thought.

Any hints about this would be appreciated.

Oh, yeah, the ati-driver-installer-8.29.6.run, file just installs.

fglrxinfo displays:

display: :0.0 screen: 0
OpenGL vendor string: ATI Technologies Inc.
OpenGL renderer string: RADEON X300/X550 Series Generic
OpenGL version string: 2.0.6065 (8.29.6)


And fgl_glxgears reports:

Using GLX_SGIX_pbuffer
875 frames in 5.0 seconds = 175.000 FPS
1054 frames in 5.0 seconds = 210.800 FPS
1050 frames in 5.0 seconds = 210.000 FPS
Might take a little bit to add this post in. The post is getting a little long...lol

Edit, edit, edit....
 
Old 10-15-2006, 08:14 AM   #344
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The tube is supposed to be capable of 1600x1200 (Smasung says this is the max), 1280x1024, and so on down to butt-ugly. It's looking like the ATI driver will not support 1600x1200, but it defaults to 1792x1344, followed by 1280x1024 and so on.
I figured it out.

The aticonfig utility (sort of equivalent to xorgconfig) makes a back up of the existing /etc/X11/xorg.conf file then adds entries to xorg.conf for the ATI drivers.

What it does not do (apparently) is query the display (as xorgconfig does) and set the ModelName, HorizSync and VertRefresh values in the ATI Monitor section of xorg.conf; I believe (could be wrong) that without those variables set the driver dynamically drives the display to its maximum capability and I needed to tone it down a little.

So, I got the specifications for my display and added them to the ATI Monitor section like this:
Section "Monitor"
Identifier "aticonfig-Monitor[0]"
Option "VendorName" "ATI Proprietary Driver"
#Option "ModelName" "Generic Autodetecting Monitor"
Option "ModelName" "SyncMaster"
HorizSync 30.0 - 85.0
VertRefresh 50.0 - 160.0
Option "DPMS" "true"
EndSection

and, wonder of wonders, I now have a vast array of Modes to select from (in KDE's Control Center) -- including the setting I really want, 1600x1200.

All is well that ends.
 
Old 10-15-2006, 10:13 PM   #345
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Cool. Glad you got it.

I'm re editing the first post, may change it in the next week or so, adding in this info.
 
  


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