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Old 02-28-2010, 12:48 PM   #1
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Any distro that will work with old ATI (mach64) video using hardware acceleration?

So I have a 700 Mhz Pentium III Panasonic CF-48 laptop that I would love to use in my car for my son to watch movies on during long car trips.

In order to do this, I really need to have video hardware acceleration work on it.

lspci -nn shows this:

01:00.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: ATI Technologies Inc Rage Mobility P/M AGP 2x [1002:4c4d] (rev 64)

According to this site, the source is not being maintained anymore.

The source is no longer maintained in's libdrm git repo (git:// The people maintaining libdrm who own that repo have deleted the drm kernel modules (like the one this package packages), because these modules are being developed in the kernel's git tree ( However, because mach64 has security issues, it is not in the kernel git tree, however, TryA has uploaded a package by the name of kernel26-mach64 to AUR patched to include these sources.
So is there a distro (probably older) that works with this out of the box? I have tried Knoppix 4 and 5, Centos 5.0, and Debian 5. I couldn't get Debian 4 to install correctly. I understand if I ever get this working out of the box, I will have to block kernel upgrades to keep it working...

I have CentOS 5.0 installed at the moment but am having trouble getting the kernel modules compiled...

Old 02-28-2010, 01:55 PM   #2
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Well, looking up the pciid, 1002:4c4d, the open source radeon driver should work with this card. I would say try a current distro with a recent driver.

And of course with a low powered CPU and presumably low RAM, look to a distro using openbox or other lightweight window manager.

Or really light:


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