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Re: ATI RADEON 9600
- From: Ryan J Zygar <ryan zygar com>
- To: fedora-list redhat com
- Subject: Re: ATI RADEON 9600
- Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2003 07:49:36 -0800
Thank you. I am not at the computer yet but this gives me something to
digest. You brought up that the NVIDIA drivers overwrite the config?
SEE NOTES BELOW
On Oct 29, 2003, at 11:19 PM, Mike A. Harris wrote:
On Wed, 29 Oct 2003, Ryan J Zygar wrote:
So when I rebooted today into the newest kernel, I got a prompt to
config my Radeon card I enable it that is the prompt. Then on to XFree
and so I chose the Video Card Radeon 9600 and the Monitor Viewsonic
PF790 and Video Setting 1280X1024. It continues to GREAT fedora login.
I login and as Gnome starts to load _CRASH_ the machine just hangs.
Keep in mind that the redhat-config-xfree86 tool configures only
the drivers supplied with the distribution. If you use
unsupported 3rd party drivers such as the ATI or Nvidia
proprietary drivers, you need to use their own configuration tool
or hand edit the config file and tweak it while following their
'README' documentation et al. The ATI fglrx and nvidia drivers
will not be used by the distribution config tools.
Login screen login/password Gnome starts loading.... STOP! It hangs
mouse is dead machine is dead no CNTRL-ALT-DEL either. HUNG.
Unfortunately you're not using the Red Hat supplied kernel, so
any number of problems could be occuring. Best thing to do is
boot with the Red Hat supplied kernel and use that. If you need
the unsupported NTFS module, there is prebuilt rpm packages of
the NTFS module on freshrpms.net IIRC, or http://ntfs.sf.net or
somesuch, although I don't recall the specific details.
Alright I will go that route for the meantime that doesn't hang up to
hard I have my SMB share to fall off with a mirrored image of what is
on the NTFS side so my focus XFree!
Load back in and CNTRL-ALT-BACKSPACE 6 times to break out of the
GDM. Console is just fine. PROMPTED that X will restart in 2
minutes. I delete XFConfig to buy sometime. Crazy enough it
doesn't detect the card. Used a VESA driver edited the PROMPTS
from redhat-config-xfree (KILLER APP BTW) Select Radeon 9600 and
Viewsonic PF790 and it writes the file /etc/X11/XFconfig of
course and restarts X (GREAT JOB REDHAT). Login and start up as
soon as the Gnome Dialog comes up no Icons stream across and
The config tool will configure the card to use the "radeon"
driver, and ignore ATI's binary driver. I don't know if ATI's
drivers overwrite the libGL, libglx and other things in the same
manner as Nvidias do or not, but if they do, this could cause
potential hangs as well.
Yes I know that it does overwrite the files. But after rpm -e --nodeps
that file from ATI
I reinstalled the MESA .rpms the MESA libglu libglx I cannot remember
the names but the MESA* ones. Should that have reinstalled an
overwritten the ATI files? How can I remove the libraries and reinstall
rm -rf /usr/X11r6/lib/X11/modules (whatever the path) then reinstall
then reinstall the rpms. Just using the VESA driver to get by.
Both of those are wrong and bad. "radeonfb" is Radeon
framebuffer module which is unrelated to what you are trying to
accomplish. "radeon" module is the kernel DRM module for Radeon
hardware. XFree86 does not support DRI on Radeon 9600 at all, so
that module wont do anything for you, although it will interfere
with the ATI binary modules should you try to use them. In
short, you never ever ever ever need to load kernel modules by
hand with insmod or modprobe to use XFree86. The X server will
load whatever modules it needs automatically, and if it doesn't
then you've either got misconfiguration of something or
misinstallation of drivers.
I was just trying anything. Thanks for the explanation though! Why
doesn't Redhat insmod for Framebuffer support like? Just curious I
remember trying some distro awhile back that did that.
The VESA driver works fine and I can use that but then I have
800x600 display and like 50HZ of refresh. So you know that I
didn't buy the card for that :-)
The "radeon" driver will work with full 2D acceleration but
without 3D using the distribution supplied "radeon" driver.
Again however, installation of ATI's binary drivers may or may
not disable your ability to use the distribution supplied driver.
I haven't looked at recent ATI drivers to see how they install
themselves and what if anything they change.
What on earth can this be I wonder? My machine is broken. I
figure remove the MESA* stuff reload the glrx-glc22*rpm from ATI
and just try again.
Uninstall ATI's drivers, reinstall all of the XFree86 rpms that
come with the distribution including Mesa. Run:
You should have working 2D only video. Then if you prefer to
install ATI's drivers, please read the README documentation et
al. that come with ATI's drivers, which give quite detailed
instructions on how to get the driver properly installed,
configured and working.
I definitely recommend doing all of this with the Red Hat
supplied kernel though.
Hope this helps.
Mike A. Harris ftp://people.redhat.com/mharris
OS Systems Engineer - XFree86 maintainer - Red Hat
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