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Old 03-17-2006, 04:22 PM   #1
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3D Quality poor - Ati Mobility Radeon 9700 & SuSE Linux 10.0

Hi everybody,

My knowledge with Linux is very restricted.
I 've installed the ati driver as per instructions posted with ati & Novel and I do now have 3D support. However the Kernel agp doesn't let fglrx agp to take over. Do you think that's the problem with the low quality 3D and if yes,how to rectify it.

more info:

Linux:/ # /sbin/lspci

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 82865G/PE/P DRAM Controller/Host-Hub Interface (rev 02)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82865G/PE/P PCI to AGP Controller (rev 02)

00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 02)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 02)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 02)
00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 02)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 02)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 PCI Bridge (rev c2)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 02)
00:1f.5 Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) AC'97 Audio Controller (rev 02)
00:1f.6 Modem: Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) AC'97 Modem Controller (rev 02)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc RV350 [Mobility Radeon 9600 M10]
02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5705M Gigabit Ethernet
(rev 01)02:01.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCI4510 PC card Cardbus Controller (rev 02)
02:01.1 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Texas Instruments PCI4510 IEEE-1394 Controller
02:03.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4306 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 03)

Linux:/ # uname -r

fraction of dmesg regarding fglrx"

fglrx: module not supported by Novell, setting U taint flag.
fglrx: module license 'Proprietary. (C) 2002 - ATI Technologies, Starnberg, GERMANY' taints kernel.
[fglrx] Maximum main memory to use for locked dma buffers: 927 MBytes.
ACPI-0212: *** Warning: Device is not power manageable
ACPI: PCI Interrupt 0000:01:00.0[A] -> GSI 16 (level, low) -> IRQ 185
[fglrx] module loaded - fglrx 8.22.5 [Feb 7 2006] on minor 0

eth0: no IPv6 routers present
[fglrx] Kernel AGP support doesn't provide agplock functionality.
[fglrx] AGP detected, AgpState = 0x1f004a1b (hardware caps of chipset)
agpgart: Found an AGP 3.0 compliant device at 0000:00:00.0.
agpgart: Putting AGP V3 device at 0000:00:00.0 into 8x mode
agpgart: Putting AGP V3 device at 0000:01:00.0 into 8x mode
[fglrx] AGP enabled, AgpCommand = 0x1f004312 (selected caps)
[fglrx] free AGP = 121909248
[fglrx] max AGP = 121909248
[fglrx] free LFB = 104345600
[fglrx] max LFB = 104345600
[fglrx] free Inv = 0
[fglrx] max Inv = 0
[fglrx] total Inv = 0
[fglrx] total TIM = 0
[fglrx] total FB = 0
[fglrx] total AGP = 32768

Thanks in advance,


Last edited by ManosAr; 03-17-2006 at 09:38 PM.
Old 03-18-2006, 12:29 AM   #2
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Smile Ati 9700

Open a teminal type glxgears and post the average frame rate that
you get. Type glxinfo and look for 'direct' in the output.
Go into YaST->Hardware->Video card and monitor. Look for the
Activate 3D acceleration box and see if it has an x in it, if not
try clicking on it. Then click next until you get to finish. If
the Activate 3D box is greyed out then your driver installation
has not succeeded.
Old 03-18-2006, 01:40 PM   #3
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3D Quality poor

Thanks for the reply.

The glxgears gives me 75 FPS in 1920x1200 at maximum. The SaX2 has the 3D checked but also disabled.

Last night I 've reinstall the OS and tried to set up the driver the way ATI recomented. SaX2 not working any more, neither from GUI or level 3. As of the quality, remains exactly the same.

It looks like that for some reason the graphics drawing relies only on CPU and the ATI's chipset is getting a rest.
Old 03-18-2006, 10:16 PM   #4
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Smile 3D acceleration

For comparison I get 240 fps on a 1024x768 screen without any 3D
acceleration since my video chip can't do 3D.
Obviously your ati driver isn't installed properly. If it were
you should be getting a fps rate in the thousands in glxgears.
I can't really help you with this since I have never installed
an ati driver, Nvidia 3D is much easier to get working on
Do a google or yahoo search for 'ati 9700 and linux' and see
if you can find any useful tips. In the above search substitute
the name of your linux distro for the word linux, e.g 'ati 9700
and Suse 10'.

Last edited by shaunw; 03-18-2006 at 10:17 PM.


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