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Old 10-20-2005, 03:04 PM   #1
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Debian + ATI Radeon 9800pro + enabling 3d. plz help.

I tried to install the ATI drivers via their fancy shmancy ATI PROPRIETAY LINUX DRIVER INSTALLER using the automatic method.

In the GNOME desktop I --
0) saved off my XFree86Config-4 file for safety
1) selected the terminal button in the bar above
2) switched user to root
3) browsed to where the ATI*.run was
4) as root entered "sh"
5) a cute little display identical to the one in the above link appeared.
6) followed the prompts. Selected Automatic method -- default "install ati blah blah on XFree86 4.3.xx".
7) ended without complaint
8) ran "fglrxconfig"
9) followed prompts, inputting everything such as mouse, keyboard, monitor frequncies...
10) after writing new file opened it up, manually edited it so that my second mouse (my MS Trackball) worked.
11) rebooted machine.
12) machine came back up, no complaints.

Tried running ut2004 demo, America's Army. Apparently 3d is not enabled.

13) ran that "fglrxinfo" command. Apparently it's still listing the "MESA" drivers. The output looks an awful lot like this:

Output from fglrxinfo
display: :0.0 screen: 0
OpenGL vendor string: Mesa project:
OpenGL renderer string: Mesa GLX Indirect
OpenGL version string: 1.3 Mesa 4.0.4

I'm using XFree86 4.3.xx. Athlon XP running the older 2.4.27-k7 kernel. Debian Sarge installation from two DVDs I got via torrent. I'd *really* like to enable 3d. In my methodology where did I go wrong? Was it beginning with trusting the ATI installer to actually install the driver (automatic)?

Afterwards I also tried making a .deb from their 'build specific distro' thingy. I selected Debian-->Sarge which seemed to *want* to work but gave a error and no .deb file built. I found a .rpm and tried converting it using alien but again it threw an error and built nothing. I even ran these as root but nada.

Which I should use: XFree86 or Xorg? Has anyone RUNNING DEBIAN managed to get their 3d working on a Radeon? Can someone steer me n the right path please?

Here are a few links for me to visit when I'm home in front of my machine:

Last edited by beeblequix; 10-20-2005 at 03:08 PM.
Old 10-20-2005, 03:12 PM   #2
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Try rebuilding the fglrx module manually.

cd /lib/modules/fglrx/build
cd ..
Old 10-21-2005, 10:32 AM   #3
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Ok, I didn't follow your advice but made it work. I posted it here for posterity:

Next time I have this come up I'll make an effort to try your method. Thx.



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