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Old 06-30-2001, 04:08 PM   #1
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Radeon Vid. Card


Does anyone know of anyproblems with the 64meg version of the ATI Radeon card? Some freinds of mine have been saying that the lunix kernal doesn't know how to support anything over 32 megs.


Thanks for your help

Chad
 
Old 07-02-2001, 06:28 PM   #2
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I don't know if it is the kernel or the latest version of XFree86 which would be the main consideration. Although you could use a lower aceleration of the card, I don't know if you will get the best out of the card unless it is the same chipset used by other rad cards, just more mem.
 
Old 07-02-2001, 07:57 PM   #3
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Under Mandrake's x program I only find one version of the Radeon card, which does not work, and I've also tried installing RedHat and had the same problem.....is there a default driver to use? I not real concered about performance, I just want to mess around with Lunix and learn it......
 
Old 07-03-2001, 05:51 PM   #4
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Have you tried a generic SVGA or VGA card entry?
 
Old 07-03-2001, 09:11 PM   #5
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I tried the "FBDev" driver...I couldn't find anyother driver for it on the terms of a generic driver....I wish I found one. Could it possibly be my monitor? What happens is that I loose the video signal after the Xfree86 or freex876 program....it was the same in both RedHat 7.1 and Mandrake 8.0.....
 
Old 07-04-2001, 05:49 PM   #6
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Try booting up Linux, without graphical support, and then use the program xf86config to try to config your Card. Use a generic setting if possible.

BTW - doesn't Mandrake or RedHat find the card automatically? Or select one?
 
Old 07-04-2001, 06:37 PM   #7
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both mandrake and redhat find a driver to use...but when using that driver I loose the video signal
 
Old 07-06-2001, 06:50 AM   #8
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i have the same problem

I looses the signal right before im about to enter X, tried it with both mandrake 8.0 and Redhat 7.1
i have a ATI radeon 64mb
 
Old 07-06-2001, 04:24 PM   #9
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i was just checking out the ati radeon site; it doesn't look like they have much driver support for linux. they're more than happy to supply all the specs and technical data you would need to write a driver, but they have no interest in doing it for you.

you might want to see if there's another ati driver that might work.

http://www.xfree86.org/4.1.0/Status6.html#6 states that ati radeon accelerated hardware is supported. what version of X are you using?
 
Old 07-06-2001, 08:42 PM   #10
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I did try the other ati drivers and I'm not even close enough to be smart to make a driver....I'm using the default version that comes with the installations of both of those distributions.....

When tring some of the ati drivers I get an error and it restarts the computer....
 
Old 07-10-2001, 12:02 AM   #11
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if you could write drivers then i'd have a few questions for you...

anyway, azriel's having some problems with the ati radeon also, and i found a page that seems to explain the configuration pretty thoroughly.

http://dri.sourceforge.net/doc/DRIuserguide.html

hope this helps.
 
Old 09-30-2001, 01:29 PM   #12
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File system problem

I have a 64 MB DDR ATI RADEON video card. I have not had problems with it running in Mandrake 8.0.

When installing a fresh copy of Mandrake 8.1b4, with all options, I chose to try the ext3 file system(jfs). During install, the testing of the video card worked fine, but then XWindows crashed everytime I tried to login.

Reinstalled using ext2 and now it works fine.

Last edited by solartear; 10-01-2001 at 08:35 AM.
 
Old 09-30-2001, 04:10 PM   #13
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could you post the driver section of you /etc/XF86Config file? i'm sure all our ati users who have had trouble with the card would like to take a look at it.
 
Old 09-30-2001, 04:45 PM   #14
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My driver section

I don't have a /etc/XF86Config, but do have /etc/X11/XF86Config and /etc/X11/XF86Config-4

/etc/X11/XF86Config-4

# **********************************************************************
# Graphics device section
# **********************************************************************

Section "Device"
Identifier "Generic VGA"
Driver "vga"
EndSection

Section "Device"
Identifier "ATI Radeon"
VendorName "Unknown"
BoardName "Unknown"
Driver "radeon"
# VideoRam 65536
# Clock lines


# Uncomment following option if you see a big white block
# instead of the cursor!
# Option "sw_cursor"

Option "DPMS"
EndSection

/etc/X11/XF86Config
# **********************************************************************
# Graphics device section
# **********************************************************************

Section "Device"
Identifier "Generic VGA"
Chipset "generic"
EndSection

Section "Device"
Identifier "ATI Radeon"
VendorName "Unknown"
BoardName "Unknown"
# Chipset "ati"
# VideoRam 65536
# Clock lines


# Uncomment following option if you see a big white block
# instead of the cursor!
# Option "sw_cursor"

Option "power_saver"
EndSection


Do you want the "Screen Sections" too?

Last edited by solartear; 10-01-2001 at 08:33 AM.
 
Old 10-02-2001, 10:35 AM   #15
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if you guys are still having problems with this have a look at dri.sourceforge.net. direct rendering must be enabled in your kernel, and it must be specified in your XF86Config file. The name of the correct driver to name in that file is "ati". also the support for a radeon card in the kernel must be compiled as a module (radeon.o). if you still have problems email me, and ill help you fix it.

Azriel
 
  


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