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Old 02-15-2004, 10:30 AM   #1
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Debian and ati?

Hi, I installed Knoppix 3.3 as I wanted a quick and dirty way to set up a debinan hardisk install. However I am slightly confused about how you get specific modules to load at boot time, as I am used to happening with Gentoo.

You see in Gentoo there is a directory called /etc/init.d/kernel-version and in this directory there is a simple text file that tells the kernel what modules to load at boot time.

In Debian there is also a directory called /etc/init.d - but in this instance it seems to be full of what looks like much more complete scripts.

Well anyway one of these was the autoconfiguration script for my audigy 2.0 sound card - which works very well - and which I assume needs to be run at boot time in order to ensure my card is configured correctly.

I also found a script that enabled me to automatically download and install the latest ati-drivers for my Radeon 9800 Pro graphics card.

The only problem is that the video runs terribly slowly - which I think is a concequence of not having the via agp-gart module built and installed in my kernel yet.

In any case I need to know how I can automatically load modules at boot time, instead of having to redo everything by hand every time I reboot.

Lastly I seem to have the odd circumstance where I can run a very few simple opengl screensavers at full rates of acceleration - but a large number of others simply will not run at all. While I assume that this is because I have not correctly compiled my kernel yet, I wondered if debian had a package like gentoo where all I needed to do was run opengl-update in order to switch to the full ATI OpenGL interface? If so where is it and how do I run it?

Any advice anyone can offer would be very much appreciated.

Kind regards,


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Old 02-16-2004, 05:29 AM   #3
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In Debian, the equivalent to Gentoo's /etc/modules.autoload.d/kernel-version is /etc/modules. It's a plain text file with a list of modules to load at boot.

I don't use Debian on my main desktop (with an ATI Radeon) so I can't really help you with the Debian-specific ATI stuff. Do you use the fglrx driver? And check the output in /var/log/XFree86.0.log to see if the driver reports any errors. But without agpgart you won't see good speeds nonetheless.



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