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I have the same problem. The weird thing is that I can load the drivers with insmod. I load drm.ko and drm_something_else.ko and then I can load i915.ko. I double checked to see if /etc/rc.d/rc.modules was pointing at the right one and it now does. I've rebooted since then but it still did a little booboo. Not sure how or what is broken.. ?
I'm recompiling my kernel with CONFIG_PREEMPT_NONE=y and I'll give you feedback, but I think my problem is elsewhere:
I'trying to install fglrx 10-2 and it gives back error:
Unloading radeon module...
Unloading drm module...
[Message] Kernel Module : Trying to install a precompiled kernel module.
[Message] Kernel Module : Precompiled kernel module version mismatched.
[Message] Kernel Module : Found kernel module build environment, generating kernel module now.
AMD kernel module generator version 2.1
kernel includes at /lib/modules/2.6.33-smp/build/include do not match current kernel.
they are versioned as ""
instead of "2.6.33-smp".
you might need to adjust your symlinks:
[Error] Kernel Module : Failed to compile kernel module - please consult readme.
I upgraded to the latest -current (kernel 2.6.33) and, after rebooting, I tried to install ATi's latest drivers, 10.2. On CLI, it failed to install. On X, it (at least apparently!) did finished installation and reported no errors.
In thread 1, they say that a patch supposedly may be applied to fglrx driver installation and will solve the problem. I took the liberty to attach it here (just rename it from .patch.txt to .patch).
Thread 2 has a link to Gentoo's bugzilla for this very patch.
I tried to apply this patch, but it didn't seem to work. I don't know whether it failed due to the patch been made for 10.1 or whatever. I tried replacing all references from 10.1 to 10.2 on it to run it again, but got no luck at all, as I described here.