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Old 11-02-2006, 08:06 PM   #1
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Problems with ATI Radeon 9250


I've read similar threads posted here about difficulties installing the ATI Radeon 9250 card, but none of them solve my problem. I am a bit new to the graphical side of linux, so far I've only used out of the box installations for simple webserver and file server applications so I may not make complete sense here.

I'm running the XFree86 xserver and I've installed the ATI proprietary drivers for my card. However, when the xserver starts it bails out while initializing the graphics card. Here are the last few lines from the XFree86.0.log file before it dies:

(II) fglrx(0): Primary V_BIOS segment is: 0xc000
(WW) System lacks support for changing MTRRs
(EE) fglrx(0): Chipset 0x5960 is not recognized
(EE) fglrx(0): PreInitConfig failed
SetVBEMode failed
(EE) fglrx(0): PreInit failed
(II) fglrx(0): === [atiddxPreInit] === end
(II) UnloadModule: "fglrx"
(II) UnloadModule: "int10"
(II) UnloadModule: "vgahw"
(II) Unloading /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/libvgahw.a
(EE) Screen(s) found, but none have a usable configuration.
And here are the relevant lines in my XF86Config-4 file:

Section "Device"
    Identifier  "ATI Radeon 9250"
        Driver          "fglrx"
        Option "VideoOverlay"   "on"
        BusID "PCI:1:0:0"
        VideoRam    131072
    # Insert Clocks lines here if appropriate
Does anybody have any idea what I can try? Specifically, I'm wondering about the "Chipset 0x5960 is not recognized" line...

Thanks for any help!
Old 11-09-2006, 10:28 PM   #2
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Did something else...

Well, I went a different route. I installed Fedora and worked from there. Apparently that distribution has the drivers set up already.
Old 11-10-2006, 08:06 AM   #3
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ATI proprietary drivers for my card.
the latest version > 8.28? does not support the 9xxx series
You have to use the open source driver
which is called radeon or ati (wrapper) depending in Xorg version
Old 11-11-2006, 12:38 PM   #4
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Well, that would explain why it didn't work. I couldn't get my x-server to pick it up because I was using xfree32 whose ATI driver didn't seem to work for me. I guess when I installed Fedora it used the xorg server rather than xfree32.


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