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Old 07-27-2003, 11:22 PM   #1
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Angry All in wonder VE PCI (Radeon 7500)

Anyone get this to work under any version of linux/x? If so, can you mail me your system: )(kidding)

If you have gotten this card to work please post the important sections of the XF86 config and a link to the instructions you used, and the driver. There are many variations of the All in wonder. This is not a radeon 9800, 9700, 9600, DV, blah blah. The name in the subject is the exact spec of the card title on the box. If your card does not match, you have a different chipset and your configuration won't work.

What I am trying to do:
Build a Freevo or MythTV box to put in my entertainment center to get rid of a lot of junk such as DVD player, mp3 player, CD player, VCR, etc etc .

I need S-Video in, sound in, composite out, sound out.

I don't care about the rest. My standard sound card is working, so I would assume that the sound on the video card is too. I have the cd cable plugged in. I don't need the TV tuner.

I have tried installing and compiling every version of every driver on RH 7.2, 7.3, 8.0, 9.0 to no avail. I have successfully installed many display drivers on many distros, some compiled from source. I am not partial to any version of RH or even RH at all. I have broadband, and am not afraid to try something new if it will get me Freevoing.

The common thread of all errors is:
(EE) RADEON(0): No valid mode found for this DFP/LCD
(EE) Screen(s) found, but none have a usable configuration.

It appears that I have the correct PCI spec and the driver is loading but I get that damn no valid mode message. Regardless of what I put in the modes list, nothing works.

Internet searches over 2 weeks have not turned up any useful information or evidence that anyone has gotten this to work.

I may have gotten lucky before. I know very little about the nuts and bolts of getting display drivers to work under X. Never had a single problem with NVidia or other drivers. This ATI card has me muy stumped.

It looks like there is a hole in the support of this card. Gatos is no help. They don't list this as a supported card. it is not an All in wonder (nothing else in title... based on Rage) and say they won't have any info for the next 6 months.... this sux.

Lotso time wasted so far. It works fine under XP professional, but I would prefer linux because, believe it or not, the PVR software is much better than anything available on windows.

Old 08-10-2003, 05:33 PM   #2
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Same problem here. I have found one note which says a guy got it to work in RH8. If you are interested, I'll send you a copy of the note. I was about to try RH8 after trying RH7.3 and RH9.
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I may not have the exact card you have but it's the closest thing I've found in my travels trying to rectify a similar hair pulling experience. I have a Radeon 32MB AIW (PCI)

Any & all documentation I can find regarding this breed always refers to the AGP version. In the distros I've tried (RH 9, Gentoo, Mandrake 9.1, Knoppix, Knoppix STD) all peg the card as a Radeon 7200 during the install. With the exception of the 2 Knoppix versions, all goes well until first boot. It will initailize and start all services with OK's until it trys to go to the login screen. Then the monitor goes to sleep and the rig is locked. The 2 Knoppix versions I've installed work just fine. Left with this....and not wanting to always run linux from the CD, I did the alternate STD install and now have a running version on my hard drive.

So, I suggest you try Knoppix. If it works......just slap it on your HDD.

Any suggestions as to why this seems to be the only version of Linux that works with a Radeon AIW (PCI) will be rewarded with mucho kudos.
Old 10-09-2003, 02:39 PM   #4
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Originally posted by mikee
Same problem here. I have found one note which says a guy got it to work in RH8. If you are interested, I'll send you a copy of the note. I was about to try RH8 after trying RH7.3 and RH9.
have the same problem, could i take a look at that note you suggested? thanks,

Old 11-14-2003, 07:27 PM   #5
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Has anyone been able to get RH7.3 or RH9 drivers and the All in wonder VE PCI card working? Please let me know if there is some driver mods required. I may be able to get some software support if you have the problem narrowed down.



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