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Old 08-25-2003, 03:08 PM   #1
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Cool SuSE 8.1 / A7N8X / Rad9700

Hey there!

I finally was able to get SuSE 8.1 Pro up and running on my machine. Still I had to get drivers for the A7N8X Deluxe's NIC and Audio. I downloaded the Linux drivers from Asus, but after installing the RPM for the third time to no avail, I checked the modules with insmod. Alas! The drivers from Asus are designed for an older Kenre (2.4.14 if I remember correctly). SuSE 8.1 uses 2.4.19. So I went to nVidia's site, and downloaded their RPM which is specifically designed for SuSE 8.1. The NICs are now working okay, but it seems to have some troubles concerning the audio since there is no audio coming out.

Now, it is a fact that Asus DID modify the nForce2 audio chipset for the A7N8X, which means that even nVidia's drivers for Windows don't work on this mobo. One has to use the ones coming directly from asus. But in this case, Asus has not upgraded their Linux drivers. I am wondering if anyone has found a workaround to this audio issue with the A7N8X. I would appreciate it because I don't want to buy an audio card when the mobo's is more than fine

Now, with the video. When YAST finishes its installation, it auto configures the video card in someway that it does not have 3D acceleration. It is a ATI Radeon 9700. I downloaded ATI's own drivers from their page, and installed them following every step in their readme. When I restart the X server, it brings out a problem concerning no AGP support. I do not know if the problem is:

a) According to ATI's site, this driver was put out on November 29, 2002 and has no current support. It is a constant of life that ATI has to improve their driver support, hehehehe. Since it is old, I don't know if the problem might reside in it being for and older Kernel too. If read of it working fine on 2.4.14, but not on the 2.4.19. And yes, I did download the one for my XFree 4.2.0 since that is my version of XFree and I do have libc 6.2 (glibc 2.2).

b) Maybe for some reason the AGP support of the mobo is not enabled. I tried checking for the agpgart module, and I can't find it nowhere. When I do an lsmod to look for agpgart, it is nowhere to be found. So I'm thinking maybe a problem with the nVidia drivers is not setting up correctly the AGP hence the video card cannot be properly set up.

Now, here's the machine I am working with:

Athlon XP Barton 3000+
Asus A7N8X Deluxe Rev <2.0
512MB DDR 2700 RAM
40GB Drive for WinXP (FAT32, Master on primary IDE chain)
40GB Drive for Linux (Slave on primary IDE chain)
Sony DVD-R 510AX (Master on secondary IDE chain)
Some no name 16x DVD (Slave on secondary IDE chain)
ATI Radeon9700 Pro

Oh, and I know these might be issues that have been put out some time before, but I just can't find the answer. If you could point me in the right direction it will be fine.

Thanks in advance!
Old 08-25-2003, 03:59 PM   #2
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As far as the Radeon is concerned, try using this option in your config file after you have installed the ati drivers:

Option "UseInternalAGPGART" "yes"

If you use the firegl config program then it should already be their under your radeon device section, all you have to do is change it to yes.
Old 10-24-2003, 06:06 PM   #3
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The ATI Radeon9700 drivers are out for XFree86. Go to:

Version 3.2.8

From ATI:

Before you start, please read these installation tips.

If you are not sure which version of XFree86 you have installed, please download and run from a command line to find out.

Installing a new driver is only recommended if you are having issues with your ATI product, including those mentioned in the "Fixed in this driver".

Hope this helps.


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