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Old 11-04-2005, 08:36 AM   #1
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Exclamation Losing my screws in the box ! Grapics dont wanna work!!!

Can someone please help me? I am kind of frustrated and thinking of using a slingshot on my pc. Or moving to a two storey house so every time i chuck the freaking box out the window i cant go get it again.

ANyways here is my uge problem with wich i have gone pro on being a total newb and not giving up.

I as 100 000 other ppl have a ati x800xt grapx card. I moved from windows to linux.

The x800xt dont work in linux.....

I have done the following to fix that, wich obviously did not work. Sort of like a flying chicken.

installed suse9.1 from slax, that didnt work

installed the ati run file from ati webstie and the fglrx file.

that didnt work, kept on saying mesa and not ati

then resintalled suse9.1 and installed the fglrx and then the run file afterwars., that didnt work.

Then installed pclinuxos, that didnt work altought it got my card and said what it was altought the ati control still said mesa mesa mesa mesa mesa mesa mesa mesa and once more mesa!!!!!!!!

Then downloaded suse 10 and installed that and the run file and the fglrx file and whatever else i got.

ok so then it said mesa again!!!!

after i messed around a bit it said ---Xlib: extension "XFree86-DRI" missing on display ":0.0". and the dictionary didnt help me.

Then when i reinstalled the new fglrx (update) the clever thing said mesa again..

Any ideas wich does not include buying a new grapx card.????

Oh yes and i have the kernel source files installed and stuff.

thank you.

Last edited by blavish; 11-04-2005 at 08:43 AM.
Old 11-04-2005, 09:19 AM   #2
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Oh yes and i have the kernel source files installed and stuff.
So you did all this:

AGPGART needs proper drivers (Why it doesn't have those already... I just don't get)
1. First make sure that agpgart is loading properly.
2. To find out which AGP controller your motherboard uses, issue the following command: lspci | grep AGP
3. To find a list of AGP related kernel modules installed on your machine, issue the following command and look for a module (*.ko file) that suits your AGP Controller: ls /lib/modules/`uname -r`/kernel/drivers/char/agp
4. Use the modprobe command (as root) to load the module. For example: On a motherboard using a VIAŽ AGP Controller, you would load the via-agp.ko using modprobe as follows (notice that the trailing .ko is omitted): modprobe via-agp. Check the modprobe manpage for more information on loading kernel modules.
5. To verify that the AGP module is already loaded, run lsmod as root. With the X server running and the connection established, the usage count of this module must be greater than zero.

Enable POSIX shared memory.
To enable POSIX Shared Memory on your system, perform the following as root:
1. Add the following line to /etc/fstab (if it isn't there already): tmpfs /dev/shm tmpfs defaults 0 0
2. Mount shared memory as follows: mount /dev/shm
3. Issue the following command to check that it mounted properly: mount | grep "shm"
If the mount was successful, then the following output (or similar) should appear:
tmpfs on /dev/shm type tmpfs (rw)

Install the kernel source
The Linux Kernel Source is highly critical, I have no clue why, as it really shouldn't need it, but the ATI installer does. So you need to use either the install CDs/DVD or an FTP site, and get the Linux Kernel source installed.

Check on glibc 2.2 or higher being installed.
If it isn't, same as the Linux Kernel Source, get it.

Xorg 6.8.2 or Xfree4.1, 4.2, or 4.3
Then once you know which you have, you need to match the version to the fglrx driver you get from ATI. For SuSE 10 this is XOrg 6.8.2

Once all those have been checked off the list, install the XOrg fglrx tool first, then run the shell script install from ATI. Then run the fglrx from command prompt and install as per their(ATI's official install) instructions, then pop off and pop back on and there you go.

Let me know how that went.


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