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Old 11-04-2003, 12:32 PM   #1
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OpenGL acceleration in X

How do I know if OpenGL acceleration/ hardware acceleration is set up on my Linux box. Where can I get information on setting it up?
Old 11-04-2003, 03:42 PM   #2
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start up tuxracer or chromium or armagetron (games)
or install the Mesa demos and run Mesa Gears
install ut2003/quake3/
or if you're using gnome look for screensavers with GL in the name
or one or two of the xmms visual plugins use GL

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Old 11-04-2003, 03:52 PM   #3
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those methods will work, but you dont want to download / buy / install games just to test if opengl is available, here's a more simple way.

open a console and type

glxinfo | grep vendor

what does it say ?
here's what i get
[chris@localhost chris]$ glxinfo | grep vendor
server glx vendor string: NVIDIA Corporation
client glx vendor string: NVIDIA Corporation
OpenGL vendor string: NVIDIA Corporation

which basically says, yeah, openGL for nvidia graphics cards is available.

if you have not installed accelerated linux drivers from your graphics cards company website, then you will probably be using called messa. which is basically openGL for people who dont have oenGL, it allows openGL games to work, but performance is not as good as proper OpenGL

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