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Old 10-13-2003, 05:53 PM   #1
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Need help on finding a Linux Distro. that works with my Hardware

Hello to all.

Firstly thanks to everyone who has helped me with my problems so far. I wanted to find the Thread I originally got help but cant find it anymore, so here I go.

I have downloaded the following

Redhat 9.0 ISO (Disk 1-3)
Mandrake 9.1 (Disk 1-3)
Slackware 9.1 (Disk 1-3)

the following is my hardware (short list) <-- important stuff

Abit IC7 BIOS 17 (Intel i875p chipset) 3.6 GHz P4, 1.1GHz FSB HT
2 WD 360GD Raptors (Windows <--will stay this way)
4 WD400BB P-ATA Drives on Silicon image 680 (works fine in all Distros I have tried)
ATI Radeon 9800 Pro (agpgart cant be initialized)

I have tried for 6 days now to get 1 Linux version to install 3D acell correctly.

I set the disk up the following way

#1 WD400BB M1
#2 WD400BB S1
#3 WD400BB M2
#4 WD400BB S2

#1 250MB /boot; 4000MB /swap; rest /backup
#2 40GB /home

#3 Software Raid<<<<<
/ == 80GB /dev/md0 mounted as /
#4 Software Raid<<<<<

I installed everything, the system runs perfectly. I boot with the smp enabled kernel and almost all is fine.

Now I have read that support for the AGP 8x (which the ATI drivers need) are only supportet in Kernel 2.6

I download the 2.6 kernel and enable in "make xconfig" the i875p AGP support.

But everytime i make "make modules_install" I get an Error 1 and Error 2 saying raid0.o cannot be found.

Please someone help me to get 3 D accelt working with this. I am a semi-newbie I followed many guides on the web. But I just cant get it to work. I dont want SATA or the other 3 drives in linux. I can do the "hd*=noprobe" so it doesnt check and try to mount my other 3 drives so that ok.

All I need is a good guide to enable AGP on the i875p, and how to get this darn 2.6 Kernel to work. i dont care which Distro I use as long as it works.



Last edited by tillyoubreakit; 10-13-2003 at 05:54 PM.
Old 10-16-2003, 02:27 AM   #2
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You aren't going to get 3D anything to work in 2.6. ATI makes ass drivers for stable kernels, much less 2.6. Nvidia does not support 2.6.

Your limitation is ATI's drivers, not your kernel. You aren't going to be running at 8X until ATI makes the modifications. You definitely have a smokin system, but you are riding the bleeding edge with a not so helpful ally(ATI). Could you not run your card at 4X? AGP can always be clocked down. That seems to be the simplest solution until you get a driver for it.

Again, nice system btw. But, they don't call it the "bleeding" edge for nothing.


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