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Re: Radeon Mobility 9M



On Thu, 23 Oct 2003, Ben Russo wrote:

>>I have fedora up and running very nicely. ACPI working, all seems well, except 
>>the "built-in" driver for my Radeon Mobility 9M video doesn't allow for the 
>>all important switching to external monitor (projector) except at low res. 
>>Same with the driver from ATI. Irritating thing is that the "built in" driver 
>>in RH 9 works great...
>>
>>Can I filch the driver from RH 9 ?
>
>I think the old RH9 XFree didn't have ATI Radeon 9K M support, so it 
>used the SVGA driver,

Radeon Mobility 9000 support is in Red Hat Linux 9, however there 
is more than one different chip from ATI that is a Radeon 
Mobility 9000.  Also, there is no such thing as the "SVGA" 
driver.  You're probably refering to the XFree86 3.3.6 SVGA 
server XF86_SVGA which was included in Red Hat Linux 7.3 and 
older releases, but which was obsoleted officially for 8.0 and 
later.

If a particular card is not supported by XFree86 officially with 
native driver support, the hardware autodetection will assign it 
to the "vesa" driver which uses the card's own video BIOS for 
everything.  That driver is not supported by us, because if there 
are problems, they are BIOS bugs, and we obviously can't fix the 
BIOS.  ;o)  It does allow users of otherwise unsupported hardware 
to have a chance to use it minimally anyway.

Radeon Mobility 9000 should work in RHL 9 and Fedora Core 1.  If 
it doesn't feel free to report a bug in bugzilla, however realize 
that I don't have any Radeon Mobility hardware or laptops at all, 
so there's only so much I can attempt to do to investigate 
problems encountered.  Some problems might be fixed in CVS 
perhaps, and I often investigate backporting such fixes.

Hope this helps.

-- 
Mike A. Harris     ftp://people.redhat.com/mharris
OS Systems Engineer - XFree86 maintainer - Red Hat




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