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Old 01-01-2004, 02:34 PM   #1
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Direct Rendering Headache

Hey gang,

Well, after two days of pounding my head against the wall and looking all over for some decent information, I thought I would see if anyone could help me out. Here's the problem:

I am running Gentoo 1.4 with a Voodoo3 video card.
XFree86 is using the generic 'tdfx' driver for the card. The drivers are working fine but I would like to get direct rendering enabled for much higher FPS. Currently I am only getting 140 at the highest with glxgears.

After configuring the kernel according the docs on the Gentoo site, I get the following error when running the following command:

# glxinfo | grep rendering
# Xlib: extension "XFree86-DRI" missing on display ":0.0"

I get the following when uncommenting the following section in XFree86Config:

Section "DRI"
Mode 0666

Error: "Mode" not supported

I disabled DRM in the kernel because the directions specified that xfree-drm would handle the DRI component.

Anyway, I am completely at a loss at this point.

Thanks for any help or advice
Old 01-01-2004, 04:13 PM   #2
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Do you have the

Load "dri"

Old 01-01-2004, 04:24 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply.

Turns out I didn't have the needed library installed for my card.
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