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Old 10-25-2003, 01:10 PM   #1
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ATI Radeon 9800 on linux (3d hardware acceleration wont work)


I'm a Redhat9 user, using kernel 2.4.20-8. I have an ATI Radeon 9800 graphics card that I'd like to use when running 3d applications. At the moment ALL OpenGL applications are so slow, like 1-2fps. I noticed that I don't have 3d hardware acceleration on. I've installed the correct drivers and stuff, how the hell do I enable the hardware acceleration?

Misc info if needed:

XFree86 version: 3.4.0

"diret rendering: No
OpenGL renderer string: Mesa GLX Indirect
" - from when using 'glxinfo | grep direct'

"server glx version string: 1.2
client glx version string: 1.3
OpenGL version string: 1.3 Mesa 4.0.4
glu version: 1.3
" - from when using 'glxinfo | grep version'

"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
" - from when using 'fglrxinfo'

It seems like the Ati drivers doesn't install the correct GL library, since I get the Mesa GLX Indirect renderer ..


AMD Athlon XP2500+ Barton 1.8ghz
nVidia NF7-S rev 2.0 (nForce2) motherboard
ATi Radeon 9800

Thanks in advance!
/ iskpl
Old 10-25-2003, 01:30 PM   #2
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try this one, it fixed all my problems on my ATI Radeon...
(from Mandrake expert)

The AGPGART driver will only run in try_unsupported mode on many of the
newer motherboard chipsets.

To activate this mode add this option to your "/etc/modules.conf" file:

options agpgart agp_try_unsupported=1
Old 10-25-2003, 01:51 PM   #3
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Didn't improve much, but thanks anyway

Last edited by iskpl; 10-25-2003 at 02:27 PM.
Old 10-25-2003, 03:26 PM   #4
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It sounds like you are a newbie.
First thing you needs to do was to download a driver from
then follow instruction in README file to install the driver to enable your 3D acceleration.
Most likely, i wouldn't work, because i been dealing with it for a longtime.
But i would refer to you download a driver at
with an *.zip extention to enable your 3d acceleration


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