Need help getting DRI to work with ATI and Slackware 11.0
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1. Install the kernel sources or the kernel headers package.
2. Download the latest driver from ATi website.
3. Run the installation and run ati-config
4. Reboot once (or) just load the fglrx module using modprobe.
That's it. It's simple and no longer a pain.
Also about the glxgears output -- I would no longer rely on it as with the new driver that program seems not to report correct results. Try fgl_glxgears program instead (it will report a lower fps generally than glxgears, so don't worry if it's not too high)
Last edited by vharishankar; 12-18-2006 at 10:28 AM.
Here is the problem. glxgears only gives me ~250fps. I would like to use xgl, so glxgears needs to be 700 - 1000fps. I have an ATI Radeon Mobility X600 card in my laptop. Is this 250fps a limitation of the card, or is there something else that I need to do to achieve 3D acceleration?
And, who told you so? Do fgl_glxgears instead. glxgears means absolutly nothing for an ATI card. Since the 8.28 drivers glxgears went down many folds, even if fgl_glxgears still gives the same results.
I have successfully installed 3desktop (after resolving several dependency issues). This 3D desktop implementation is impressive, but is not real xgl. From my searches for answers I have come to the conclusion that in order to get xgl to work with KDE and Slack 11.0, I will need to upgrade my xorg to at least 7.1. Is this recommended? Has anyone done it? Is it worth attempting? I can't find any instructions for upgrading xorg to 7.1 that I have faith in.
Is there anyone here that has successfully gotten xgl to work with KDE and Slackware 11.0?
I have to say that getting Direct Rendering enabled on my Slack box has got to be the biggest "pita" I have ever messed with.
I dowloaded the ATI driver and installed it. That wasn't enough. Somehow in the process I wound up with a /lib/modules/fglrx/build_mod directory. There, I ran the "sh ./make.sh" and found out not only did I not have a /usr/src/linux symlink, but I was also missing the /usr/src/linux/include/linux/version.h file. So I had to create it using "cd /usr/src/linux" "make include/linux/version.h"
After that I was able to go back to /lib/modules/fglrx/build_mod and run "sh ./make.sh" successfully. After that compiled, I went back to the /lib/modules/fglrx/ directory and ran "sh ./make_install.sh" that put the module into the kernel. Most of this I didn't know how to do ant it took me about 30 hours of Googling, and system reconstruction to figure out.
I need to fix this issue to successfully build the fglrx module. This is the known error
ATI module generator V 2.0
cat: /lib/modules/2.6.18/build/include/linux/version-*.h: No such file or direct ory
kernel includes at /lib/modules/2.6.18/build/include do not match current kernel .
they are versioned as ""
instead of "2.6.18".
you might need to adjust your symlinks:
How did you include the version.h as you specify above
by typing the command "make include/linux/version.h"
or compiling the kernel in a appropriate way
I have found a solution entry for the kernel 2.6.18 and ati 8.28.8 here
In case it's of any use, this worked:
How to build ATI 8.28.8 driver on kernel 2.6.18.
(Issue is that UTS_RELEASE define has moved from include/linux/version.h to the (new) include/linux/utsrelease.h)
1. sh ati-driver-installer-8.28.8.run --extract your-dirname
2. cd your-dirname
3. edit common/lib/modules/fglrx/build_mod/make.sh with:
4. Apply the source patch (SuSE and Fedora patches are the same)
5. cd back to your-dirname and, as root:
./ati-installer.sh 8.28.8 --install
but when i type patch nothing comes up. There should be a patch in there to amend some files scripts isn't
Unfortunately those who own the ATI 9200 graphic card cannot use ati drivers higher than ati-driver-installer-8.28.8.run version. On top of that the 8.28.8 does not support the latest kernels ( in my case 2.6.18). Now there is a patch out there but i couldn't find it, so what i did was to degrade to 2.6.12 kernel which i am happy to use.
I have successfully built the fglrx module and i have 3d accelaration on at 1200 fps.
Don't forget to load the 1) agpgart module, 2) agp-specific module(mine intel_agp) and 3) fglrx module
ps who ever knows something about patching the ati drivers please post in this thread.