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Old 12-26-2006, 01:18 PM   #1
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Unhappy video card issue... or not? ATI Radeon 9800pro

I have a P4, 2.8Ghz, 1Gig mem.
I am running
Suse 10.1
Kernel: Linux i686
with KDE 3.5.5. (release 39.1) & Compiz

I have a ATI Radeon 9800 pro... and that is where things get interesting.

When I run glxgears this is the output:
Xlib: extension "XFree86-DRI" missing on display ":0.0".
18919 frames in 5.0 seconds = 3783.672 FPS
21775 frames in 5.0 seconds = 4354.890 FPS
22387 frames in 5.0 seconds = 4477.254 FPS
22560 frames in 5.0 seconds = 4511.994 FPS
21162 frames in 5.0 seconds = 4232.320 FPS
I am not sure why it says the DRI is missing.. however, when I run fgl_glxgears - this is the output:
Using GLX_SGIX_pbuffer
Xlib: extension "XFree86-DRI" missing on display ":0.0".
Error: couldn't get fbconfig
I installed the ATI drivers through Yast.

My Xorg.conf shows the rules to load DRI -

# /.../
# SaX generated X11 config file
# Created on: 2006-12-08T19:08:09+0100.
# Version: 7.1
# Contact: Marcus Schaefer <>, 2005
# Contact: SaX-User list <>
# Automatically generated by [SaX2] (7.1)

Section "Files"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/misc:unscaled"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/local"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi:unscaled"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi:unscaled"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/Type1"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/URW"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/Speedo"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/PEX"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/cyrillic"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/latin2/misc:unscaled"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/latin2/75dpi:unscaled"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/latin2/100dpi:unscaled"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/latin2/Type1"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/latin7/75dpi:unscaled"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/baekmuk:unscaled"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/japanese:unscaled"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/kwintv"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/truetype"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/uni:unscaled"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/CID"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/ucs/misc:unscaled"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/ucs/75dpi:unscaled"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/ucs/100dpi:unscaled"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/hellas/misc:unscaled"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/hellas/75dpi:unscaled"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/hellas/100dpi:unscaled"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/hellas/Type1"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/misc/sgi:unscaled"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/xtest"
FontPath "/opt/kde3/share/fonts"
InputDevices "/dev/gpmdata"
InputDevices "/dev/input/mice"

Section "Module"
Load "dbe"
Load "type1"
Load "freetype"
Load "extmod"
Load "glx"
Load "v4l"
Load "dri"

Section "ServerFlags"
Option "AllowMouseOpenFail" "on"

Section "InputDevice"
Driver "kbd"
Identifier "Keyboard[0]"
Option "Protocol" "Standard"
Option "XkbLayout" "us"
Option "XkbModel" "pc104"
Option "XkbRules" "xfree86"

Section "InputDevice"
Driver "mouse"
Identifier "Mouse[1]"
Option "Buttons" "5"
Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
Option "Name" "Logitech Optical USB Mouse"
Option "Protocol" "explorerps/2"
Option "Vendor" "Sysp"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"

Section "Monitor"
Option "CalcAlgorithm" "XServerPool"
DisplaySize 340 270
HorizSync 30-80
Identifier "Monitor[0]"
ModelName "1702FP (DIGITAL)"
Option "DPMS"
VendorName "DELL"
VertRefresh 56-76
UseModes "Modes[0]"

Section "Modes"
Identifier "Modes[0]"

Section "Device"
BoardName "RADEON 9800 PRO (R350 4E48)"
BusID "1:0:0"
Driver "fglrx"
Identifier "Device[0]"
#Option "NoDDC"
Option "UseInternalAGPGART" "no"
Option "no_accel" "no"
Option "no_dri" "no"
Option "mtrr" "off"
Option "ScreenOverlap" "0"
Option "GammaCorrectionI" "0x00000000"
Option "GammaCorrectionII" "0x00000000"
Option "Capabilities" "0x00000000"
Option "CapabilitiesEx" "0x00000000"
Option "VideoOverlay" "on"
Option "OpenGLOverlay" "off"
Option "CenterMode" "off"
Option "PseudoColorVisuals" "off"
Option "Stereo" "off"
Option "StereoSyncEnable" "1"
Option "FSAAEnable" "no"
Option "FSAAScale" "1"
Option "FSAADisableGamma" "no"
Option "FSAACustomizeMSPos" "no"
Option "FSAAMSPosX0" "0.000000"
Option "FSAAMSPosY0" "0.000000"
Option "FSAAMSPosX1" "0.000000"
Option "FSAAMSPosY1" "0.000000"
Option "FSAAMSPosX2" "0.000000"
Option "FSAAMSPosY2" "0.000000"
Option "FSAAMSPosX3" "0.000000"
Option "FSAAMSPosY3" "0.000000"
Option "FSAAMSPosX4" "0.000000"
Option "FSAAMSPosY4" "0.000000"
Option "FSAAMSPosX5" "0.000000"
Option "FSAAMSPosY5" "0.000000"
Option "UseFastTLS" "0"
Option "BlockSignalsOnLock" "on"
Option "ForceGenericCPU" "no"
Option "KernelModuleParm" "agplock=0"
VendorName "ATI"
Option "EnablePrivateBackZ" "no"

Section "Screen"
DefaultDepth 24
SubSection "Display"
Depth 15
Modes "1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600"
SubSection "Display"
Depth 16
Modes "1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600"
SubSection "Display"
Depth 24
Modes "1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600"
SubSection "Display"
Depth 8
Modes "1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600"
Device "Device[0]"
Identifier "Screen[0]"
Monitor "Monitor[0]"

Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "Layout[all]"
InputDevice "Keyboard[0]" "CoreKeyboard"
InputDevice "Mouse[1]" "CorePointer"
Screen "Screen[0]"

Section "DRI"
Group "video"
Mode 0666

Section "Extensions"
Option "DAMAGE" "no"
however, my Xorg.0.log file shows it fails to load dri - at least that is what I am thinking..

(WW) RADEON(0): Enabling DRM support

*** Direct rendering support is highly experimental for Radeon 9500
*** and newer cards. The 3d mesa driver is not provided in this tree.
*** A very experimental (and incomplete) version is available from Mesa CVS.
*** Additional information can be found on
*** This message has been last modified on 2005-08-07.

(II) RADEON(0): BIOS HotKeys Disabled
(II) RADEON(0): Depth moves disabled by default
(II) RADEON(0): Memory manager initialized to (0,0) (1280,8191)
(II) RADEON(0): Reserved area from (0,1024) to (1280,1026)
(II) RADEON(0): Largest offscreen area available: 1280 x 7165
(==) RADEON(0): Backing store disabled
(WW) RADEON(0): Direct rendering disabled
(II) RADEON(0): Render acceleration unsupported on Radeon 9500/9700 and newer.
(II) RADEON(0): Render acceleration disabled
(II) RADEON(0): Using XFree86 Acceleration Architecture (XAA)
Screen to screen bit blits
Solid filled rectangles
8x8 mono pattern filled rectangles
Indirect CPU to Screen color expansion
Solid Lines
Scanline Image Writes
Offscreen Pixmaps
Setting up tile and stipple cache:
32 128x128 slots
32 256x256 slots
16 512x512 slots
(II) RADEON(0): Acceleration enabled
(**) Option "dpms"
(**) RADEON(0): DPMS enabled
(==) RADEON(0): Silken mouse enabled
(II) RADEON(0): Using hardware cursor (scanline 1026)
(II) RADEON(0): Largest offscreen area available: 1280 x 7161
(II) RADEON(0): No video input capabilities detected and no information is provided - disabling multimedia i2c
(II) Loading sub module "theatre_detect"
(II) LoadModule: "theatre_detect"
(II) Loading /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/multimedia/
(II) Module theatre_detect: vendor="X.Org Foundation"
compiled for, module version = 1.0.0
ABI class: X.Org Video Driver, version 0.8
(II) RADEON(0): no multimedia table present, disabling Rage Theatre.
(==) RandR enabled

Also when I run glxinfo it gives me the input direct rendering is not activated. Also it comes up iwth the error that it is missing something.
name of display: :0.0
Xlib: extension "XFree86-DRI" missing on display ":0.0".
display: :0 screen: 0
direct rendering: No
server glx vendor string: SGI
server glx version string: 1.2
server glx extensions:
GLX_ARB_multisample, GLX_EXT_visual_info, GLX_EXT_visual_rating,
GLX_EXT_import_context, GLX_EXT_texture_from_pixmap, GLX_OML_swap_method,
GLX_SGI_make_current_read, GLX_SGIS_multisample, GLX_SGIX_hyperpipe,
GLX_SGIX_swap_barrier, GLX_SGIX_fbconfig
client glx vendor string: ATI
client glx version string: 1.3
client glx extensions:
GLX_EXT_visual_info, GLX_EXT_visual_rating, GLX_EXT_import_context,
GLX_ARB_get_proc_address, GLX_SGI_video_sync, GLX_ARB_multisample,
GLX_ATI_pixel_format_float, GLX_ATI_render_texture
GLX extensions:
GLX_EXT_visual_info, GLX_EXT_visual_rating, GLX_EXT_import_context,
OpenGL vendor string: ATI Technologies Inc.
OpenGL renderer string: RADEON 9800 Pro Generic
OpenGL version string: 1.2 (2.0.6011 (8.28.8))
OpenGL extensions:
GL_ARB_multitexture, GL_ARB_texture_border_clamp, GL_ARB_texture_cube_map,
GL_ARB_texture_env_add, GL_ARB_texture_env_combine,
GL_ARB_texture_env_dot3, GL_ARB_transpose_matrix, GL_EXT_abgr,
GL_EXT_blend_color, GL_EXT_blend_minmax, GL_EXT_blend_subtract,
GL_EXT_texture_env_add, GL_EXT_texture_env_combine,
GL_EXT_texture_env_dot3, GL_EXT_texture_lod_bias

visual x bf lv rg d st colorbuffer ax dp st accumbuffer ms cav
id dep cl sp sz l ci b ro r g b a bf th cl r g b a ns b eat
0x2c 24 tc 0 32 0 r y . 8 8 8 8 0 24 8 0 0 0 0 1 0 None
0x2d 24 tc 0 32 0 r . . 8 8 8 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 None
0x2e 32 tc 0 32 0 r y . 8 8 8 8 0 24 8 0 0 0 0 1 0 Ncon
0x2f 32 tc 0 32 0 r . . 8 8 8 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 Ncon
Where do I go? What do I have to do?
Compiz is running pretty much ok. As I am running KDE - I seem not to be able to find out how to get the Compiz manager working correctly, however, I can roll the cube. Also I am able to run e.g. Google earth. Not as smooth as under m$WinXP, however it is working pretty ok. Any help is appreciated.

PS. Also the ATI control panel doesn't fully work: it comes up with a EM: Driver does not provide the FireGL extensions! Panel components will operate only partially.
Then it shows the Panel Where I can only see the OpenGL area - Vendor: ATI tech. Inc.; Version: 1.2 (2.0.6011 (8.28.8)); Renderer: RADEON 9800 PRO Generic
Old 12-27-2006, 10:42 PM   #2
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It fails because the xfree86-dri module does not exist. This is because it was never installed; according to the Xorg.0.log, it is too experimental to be shipped by default. You don't need it to have HW acceleration, however.


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