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dr_zayus69 01-12-2005 06:30 PM

how to enable direct rendering.
i did glxinfo | grep direct and it shows that i do not have direct rendering enabled. What config file do i have to edit to enable it? Im using FC3

i am trying to enable it because Unreal Tournament GOTY edition runs very choppy. Would enabling it fix that? Do i need to download the nvidia driver? My card is Nvidia GeForce2 MX thanks in advanced.

dr_zayus69 01-14-2005 05:39 PM

I just downloaded and installed the nvidia driver. In the directions it said to make sure that dri does not load in the xorg conf file. Does that mean it automically enables direct rendering?
i tried doing glxinfo | grep direct to find out again and i get this message.
[jeff@x1-6-00-10-b5-f4-57-ac ~]$ glxinfo | grep direct
Xlib: connection to ":0.0" refused by server
Xlib: No protocol specified

Error: unable to open display (null)

im trying to enable it to get UT working. It used to be really choppy. now it won't start at all. when i do ut i get this message:
[jeff@x1-6-00-10-b5-f4-57-ac ~]$ glxinfo | grep direct
Xlib: connection to ":0.0" refused by server
Xlib: No protocol specified

Error: unable to open display (null)
[jeff@x1-6-00-10-b5-f4-57-ac ~]$ ut
Unreal engine initialized
Bound to
Xlib: connection to ":0.0" refused by server
Xlib: No protocol specified

Xlib: connection to ":0.0" refused by server
Xlib: No protocol specified

appError called:
Couldn't initialize SDL: No available video device

Executing UObject::StaticShutdownAfterError
Executing USDLClient::ShutdownAfterError
Signal: SIGIOT [iot trap]
Name subsystem shut down

can anyone help? thanks in advance.

MNKyDeth 01-15-2005 02:04 AM

Once you have the nvidia drivers installed go into your /etc/X11/xorg.conf file. My file may differ slightly from yours as I don't run FC3 but the relevent sections should be there.

You need to have glx uncommented and dri commented like this.

# This loads the GLX module
Load "glx"
# This loads the DRI module
# Load "dri"

The # is a comment, meaning that line is not read or is skipped when the X server is started.
Also, if you have Load "GLcore" or something very similar make sure that is commented aswell.

Now, scroll down further and find this section, or something similar to it.

# Device configured by xorgconfig:

Section "Device"
Identifier "GFFX 5800nu"
Driver "nv"
#VideoRam 131072
# Insert Clocks lines here if appropriate

In that section you need to make some changes so it looks like this.
# Device configured by xorgconfig:

Section "Device"
Identifier "GFFX 5800nu"
Driver "nvidia"
Option "NvAGP" "3"
#VideoRam 131072
# Insert Clocks lines here if appropriate

Now, the Identifier line do not touch. You Linux OS should have filed that in or you put the name in while configging xorg. The main changes are the Driver "nv" to "nvidia". When you start your X server it should now load with the nvidia drivers instead of the dri drivers that don't have 3daccelleration.
The Option "NvAGP" "3" makes sure you have some sort of agp enabled for your vid card. This makes it so the vid card has access to the system memory incase it needs to read and write from it. In your bios you can set this size from 32 to 256 usually. Leave it at default of 64 and play your games. If you desire it you could try 128 to see if it helps any with performance. The "3" from that "NvAGP" line tells the X server to use the agp that the kernel has. If the kernel does not load an agp driver for your card then it will default to using the nvidia agp drivers. So basically the "3" is a catch all, it basically makes sure your agp interface has drivers loaded for you.

There may be some specific issues with FC3 and the nvidia drivers and such wich I didn't covor. All I did was give a straight out "what to change for the nvidia drivers" config for a standard install.
If you still have issues you can reply and i will see what I can do, or you can check here as they overall might be able to help better.

Also, since i have seen some of your other posts, here is a list of games with guides for installing them incase you need it.

GL, HF :)

dr_zayus69 01-15-2005 03:37 AM

thanks for the help. I basically configured xorg that way but instead of commented load dri out i deleted, but commenting it seems the better choice cuz to enable it again i just need to uncomment it. Im not sure if i uncommented the glxinfo and i know that i did not know about that agp line so that was a big help. I'll make those edits later because right now im in FC2. The weird thing is that i can start UT fine from the menu but not from the commandline. So maybe those edits might help with that. I have gotten so used to linux and the command line that i rarely bother with the start menu so if i didn't stumble apon the UT menu icon i wouldn't have been able to play it. (So far it has ran pretty smoothly without problems)

MNKyDeth 01-15-2005 03:53 AM

Well, if you installed the game to /usr/local/games/ut
All you would have to do in the terminal is go cd /usr/local/bin/ then ./ut
Or you could cd /usr/local/games/ut/ then ./ut
Tab completion is your friend as I don't have UT installed and can't remember if it was ut or UT or something lol.

BobRobertson 12-12-2005 03:52 PM

Hey, this is good information. I'm trying to turn up SecondLife under Wine, and it's telling me that "direct rendering: no" as well as "16 bpp" instead of 24.

I've verified that everything in the above thread is set, I'm running Debian Sid so it's also Xorg, with one difference: I'm using the "nv" free-as-in-freedom module, not the "nVidia" binary module.

Because of this, I've left "Module dri" enabled in the xorg.conf. Should I still comment that out?


Zeusz3 05-24-2008 07:10 AM

this is what i get when i try to test if dri is enabled
$glxinfo | grep direct
bash: glxinfo: command not found

what can i do?

oskar 05-26-2008 11:45 PM

I think you need mesa-tools... utils... something with mesa :)

For future questions - you might want to check the date of the thread you are replying to.
This one is 30 months old.
Plus the topics are not really related. You should start a new thread.

ninja master 06-02-2008 06:10 PM

oskar is talking about "mesa-7.0.2" i have the package installed and i get glxinfo responses but i could not tell you with absolute certainty that this package controls the command.

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