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Old 12-17-2007, 06:15 PM   #1
joshfoulk
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Set video driver for kernel on boot


I have a Gateway laptop with (of course) ATI drivers. I am using openSUSE 10.3. The drivers from the ATI repository loaded fine, but I noticed that the fglrx drivers don't have support for the XEN kernel.

I would like to attempt to download and install them against the XEN kernel, but I want to know how that will effect my currently (and very smoothly) running video under the default kernel.

I know that I would have to adjust the kernel to accept the newly compiled fglrx drivers once I have them created, but I just want to make sure that any modifications that I make to that kernel won't effect the system when I boot with the default kernel.

So my questions are:
1) Beyond the Xorg configuration, how will compiling the fglrx drivers manually against the XEN kernel effect my system as it is.

2) Is there a way to specify what video drivers I want to load from GRUB based upon what kernel I choose (XEN or my standard openSUSE 10.3).

3) Am I looking at this the wrong way?

Thank you for any input,

JF
 
Old 12-17-2007, 10:02 PM   #2
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Quote:
I noticed that the fglrx drivers don't have support for the XEN kernel
What makes you think that?

Notes:
http://lists.xensource.com/archives/.../msg00329.html
http://lists.xensource.com/archives/.../msg00137.html
http://www.redhat.com/archives/fedor.../msg00077.html

AFAIK: the only issue is running fglrx in dom0... which you don't normally need to do.
 
Old 12-18-2007, 02:29 AM   #3
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Looks like I have some reading to do...

Thank you,

JF
 
Old 12-18-2007, 07:41 AM   #4
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Have you considered just using the open source drivers?
 
  


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