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Old 11-16-2003, 11:44 AM   #1
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SourceForge DRI lost after Reboot

The last thing I need to get working in my Slackware 9.1 install is DRI. I was able to download a cvs snapshot for my Radeon 7500 AGP card, and extract in /usr/local Then I ran the ./ script. Initially my X-windows would not start, something about the version of the radeon driver being different. So I deleted xfree-4.3.0-i486-5 and reinstalled the same package from my install disks. After re-installing xfree86 base package DRI works and my glxgears has gone from ~190 -> ~1350fps.

When I shutdown and reboot I lose DRI with glxgears going back to ~190 fps. If I rerun the dri ./ script and reinstall xfree 4.3.0 base I get dri back again until the next shutdown/restart.

My dmesg indicates drm is starting with an older driver from 2002

usb_control/bulk_msg: timeout
[drm] Initialized radeon 1.10.0 20020828 on minor 0: ATI Radeon QW RV200 7500

I have seen some posts that the new radeon driver needs to be insmoded (vs modprobed) either in modules.conf or one of the rc.d startup scripts but this is with the schneider-digital drivers.

The sourceforge dri driver seems to work well (no X-windows problems when it it running) and 1350 fps is fast enough for my needs.

Any suggestions on how to make my dri setup survive a shutdown/reboot would be deeply appreciated.
Old 11-19-2003, 03:47 AM   #2
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Have you tried the extras package of DRI to fix that version error?
Old 11-19-2003, 08:22 AM   #3
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is the module loaded at startup? make sure you load the correct driver mate
Old 11-20-2003, 03:02 PM   #4
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It sounds like you have successfully done what frustrates me the most after a kernel recompile. Is that what you did was recompiled your kernel?

Please, please, I beg you to tell me what you did from; I find the web page confusing. I also have a Radeon 7500.

From, you clicked the Download link, which gives you either source or binary choice. You picked a binary snapshot from the list, say, radeon-20031120-linux.i386.tar.bz2 and ran

I think this is as far as I got, because I vaguely remember getting an error like that.

So you just did a removepkg on XFree86, and then installpkg of XFree86 from the CD, and it worked?
Old 11-20-2003, 05:48 PM   #5
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It worked until I rebooted and then it stopped working. I have been working with the sourceforge.dri mailing list and got some much appreciated help (I thought the developers made a good effort) I suspect none of the sourceforge dri developers run slackware.

Unfortunately, it still does not work. From what I gather, I had several problems:

1) libGL is installed in /usr/lib (symlinked) and in /usr/X11R6/lib. You need to delete
the and in /usr/lib and run ldconfig
2) I had previously installed a version of MesaGL which conflicts with the sourceforge
dripkg which includes it's own version.
3) You need to get XFree86.bz2 from the extra directory at sourceforge.dri and install it
per the directions after you install

I removed MesaGL, recompiled my kernel with dri but no radeon module, ran ./, uncompressed XFree86.bz2 and installed it with the recommend permissions in /usr/X11R6/bin/
,removed the redundant libGL and ran ldconfig and it still did not give me dri.

I hate to think of the time I put in this but if any one gets it worked out let me know.


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