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Old 04-23-2004, 11:50 PM   #1
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Question 3D Graphic Accelerator Problem

Hello, I am a fairly newbie user to Linux. As in fairly, I mean I've been using it the past week learning new commands and such. However, I have been trying to get the 3D Graphic Accelerator to work with Suse Linux 9.0 and have not had any success with it.

The computer system I have is:
Compaq Presario S6000Z AMD Athlon 2.16gig
256 meg RAM
128 ATI Radeon 9200 graphics card

And when I installed the software, it did not install the 3D Graphic Accelerator. If it is not possible to get it to work with my current specs, is it a big necessity to have? Well I still be able to use the latest software ok without it? What does the accelerator actually do?

I've done google searches for all this and have not found answers to.

One other problem: I've been trying to run files I've downloaded but have been having problems with them as well. The files download fine, but when I try this:

make install

there is usually a problem with the first two commands, and the installation usually aborts. Are the files just bad or am I doing something wrong? I've also tried searching for links to help me with this problem but I'm still at a loss with this

Thanks for the help,
Old 04-24-2004, 01:03 PM   #2
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If you don't need to run graphics intensive games, then you won't have any problem with the generic drivers. Your display looks fine, no? On installing software, you are probably better off finding the rpm files for Suse 9.0. Which applications are you looking for, because likely as not, they are on your Suse CDs, and installing from there is a very simple trip into Yast. That said,
./configure is probalby complaining about g/gcc not found, or something like that, and make is similar. To be able to compile, you need to install the development environment.

Start yast, install and remove software, and Use filter 'Package Groups'. Then languages-->C and C++ (if that is the devel env it wants ) , same with libraries, etc.

Old 05-24-2004, 10:00 AM   #3
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what you trying to do is actually compile the program from sources ( this is what configure / make / make install does ), but usually programs comes also distributes as binary executables packaged with required dependencies ( in your case format is RPM )

As said one source of binaries are rpms from distro cds or on-line at

Old 05-24-2004, 10:19 AM   #4
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You can download the driver for your card from ati's site. That is, if you really need to play 3d games. At their site you'll also find a step by step explanation about what you should be doing, and if necessary error messages you should look out for.


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