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Old 08-31-2004, 12:46 PM   #1
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Installing ATI drivers to Slackware 10 - kernel modules?


Hello,

I just got new computer and of course installed Slackware to it. So far I have been satisfied with performance in GNOME but now I'm looking for new challenges - and I found ATI driver to Linux which sounds promising... :-)

So here is my hardware:
Intel P4 3,0 GHz
512 MB
Sapphire ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB Atlantis (AGP 8x)
Kernel version 2.4.26 which came along with Slackware 10

So, let's get started. I went to ATI's webpage and downloaded driver for RADEON 9800 family, version 4.3.0. There were some kind of instructions also and I tried to install driver as they said. It didn't work. After I had spent about an hour with Google looking for tutorials how to in get drivers installed, I found great tutorial for it:
http://www.linuxforum.com/forums/ind...howtopic=10923

So, I followed this posts instructions and I'm already done, but I got scared of this:

Make sure in your Kernel that you have the DO NOT have DRI compiled or Moduled in and that for agpgart you have it Moduled in with your correct AGP Chipset compiled in. From there type in the ATI X config command that is giving at the last command to go through there auto XF86Config maker. Then load the modules for your AGP Chipset and fglrx like so

I have Slackware 10 installed and I haven't played with kernel. I don't know what Slackware 10 kernel has compiled or moduled. But hopefully here are some guru's who can tell me if
A) Does Slackware 10 have DRI (?) compiled or moduled in?
B) Do I have agpgart moduled with correct AGP chipset compiled in (still using Slackware 10 "default" kernel)?

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Old 08-31-2004, 12:58 PM   #2
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A) Slack 10 has DRI compiled in out of the box. However, I have run kernels with the ATI drivers with DRI enabled and disabled, and haven't seen any difference. YMMV.

B) Out of the box, Slack 10 has /dev/agpgart moduled, with all chipsets enabled.

After installing the ATI drivers, running fglrxconfig, and replacing my xorg.conf with the file it produces. The thing that finally got my ATI drivers running was a full reboot of my computer. Not sure why.

After completing all of the steps, you can check that it is running with flgrxinfo, and test it's performance with glxgears.

Good Luck
 
Old 08-31-2004, 01:08 PM   #3
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The ATI drivers are for Xfree86. AFAIK, they will not work with Xorg, which is what Slack 10 is using.
 
Old 08-31-2004, 01:15 PM   #4
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Quote:
Originally posted by superbondbond
The ATI drivers are for Xfree86. AFAIK, they will not work with Xorg, which is what Slack 10 is using.
AFAIK, I have Slack 10, Xorg, and the ATI drivers, and they are working

But, the flgrxconfig utility does generate an xfree config file, which you need to rename to xorg.conf.

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Old 08-31-2004, 01:21 PM   #5
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WOHOO!

I got it working! Many thanks to Skazi who helped me, and what a response time, whoa. Thank you!
 
Old 08-31-2004, 01:25 PM   #6
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Quote:
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AFAIK, I have Slack 10, Xorg, and the ATI drivers, and they are working

But, the flgrxconfig utility does generate an xfree config file, which you need to rename to xorg.conf.
Good to know. Thx for the info.
 
Old 08-31-2004, 01:48 PM   #7
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WOHOO!

I got it working! Many thanks to Skazi who helped me, and what a response time, whoa. Thank you!
No problem, what kind of frame rate are you getting in glxgears?

I get about 3000, I think, I can check when I get home. I have:

Athlon 2600+
nforce2 Ultra 400 motherboard
Radeon 9800 Pro
1GB PC2700 RAM (one 512 stick and 2 256s)
 
Old 08-31-2004, 02:10 PM   #8
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fps seems to be slightly over 3000

14594 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2918.800 FPS
15906 frames in 5.0 seconds = 3181.200 FPS
15894 frames in 5.0 seconds = 3178.800 FPS
15999 frames in 5.0 seconds = 3199.800 FPS
15903 frames in 5.0 seconds = 3180.600 FPS
 
Old 08-31-2004, 02:21 PM   #9
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That's just about exactly what I get, considering we have the same vid card, it looks like things are as they should be.
 
Old 08-31-2004, 06:12 PM   #10
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On the ati front... if i install slack 10... will my 9800 pro work on default or do i have to install the drivers from the installation process? I havent tried slack.... and would like to. However, running games has been the biggest downfall for me in linux overall. Also, do i have to use winex to run games or are there free alternatives? I need something that will let me play cs and the newest games like half life 2 and stuff. Thanks in advance!
 
  


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