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1 peesh 1.1 <?xml version='1.0' encoding="UTF-8"?>
2 neysx 1.41 <!-- $Header: /var/cvsroot/gentoo/xml/htdocs/doc/en/ati-faq.xml,v 1.40 2006/09/17 09:56:56 neysx Exp $ -->
3 peesh 1.1 <!DOCTYPE guide SYSTEM "/dtd/guide.dtd">
4    
5     <guide link="/doc/en/ati-faq.xml">
6 swift 1.23 <title>Gentoo Linux ATI FAQ</title>
7 swift 1.22
8 swift 1.7 <author title="Author">
9     <mail link="lu_zero@gentoo.org">Luca Barbato</mail>
10 peesh 1.1 </author>
11 swift 1.7 <author title="Editor">
12     <mail link="peesh@gentoo.org">Jorge Paulo</mail>
13 peesh 1.1 </author>
14 swift 1.7 <author title="Editor">
15     <mail link="blubber@gentoo.org">Tiemo Kieft</mail>
16 blubber 1.5 </author>
17 peesh 1.1
18 swift 1.7 <abstract>
19     This FAQ should help users avoid some common installation and configuration
20 swift 1.29 issues related to DRI and X11 for ATI boards.
21 swift 1.7 </abstract>
22 peesh 1.1
23 fox2mike 1.32 <!-- The content of this document is licensed under the CC-BY-SA license -->
24     <!-- See http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5 -->
25 swift 1.3 <license/>
26    
27 neysx 1.41 <version>1.1</version>
28     <date>2006-10-04</date>
29 peesh 1.1
30     <chapter>
31     <title>Hardware Support</title>
32     <section>
33 peesh 1.2 <title>Is my ATI board supported?</title>
34 peesh 1.1 <body>
35 swift 1.7
36     <p>
37 fox2mike 1.32 Many ATI boards (but not all) are supported by <uri
38 neysx 1.40 link="http://www.freedesktop.org/Software/xorg">xorg-x11</uri>, at least for
39     the 2D accelerated features. The 3D support is provided either by <uri
40 fox2mike 1.32 link="http://dri.sf.net">the DRI project</uri> which is part of xorg-x11, or by
41     ATI's <uri
42 swift 1.28 link="http://mirror.ati.com/support/drivers/linux/radeon-linux.html">closed
43     source drivers</uri>.
44 peesh 1.1 </p>
45    
46     <table>
47 swift 1.7 <tr>
48     <th>GPU</th>
49     <th>Common Name</th>
50     <th>Support</th>
51     </tr>
52     <tr>
53 swift 1.29 <ti>Rage128</ti>
54 swift 1.7 <ti>Rage128</ti>
55 lu_zero 1.9 <ti>xorg DRI</ti>
56 swift 1.7 </tr>
57     <tr>
58 swift 1.29 <ti>R100</ti>
59 swift 1.7 <ti>Radeon7xxx, Radeon64</ti>
60 lu_zero 1.9 <ti>xorg DRI</ti>
61 swift 1.7 </tr>
62     <tr>
63 swift 1.29 <ti>R200, R250, R280</ti>
64 swift 1.13 <ti>Radeon8500, Radeon9000, Radeon9200</ti>
65 lu_zero 1.9 <ti>xorg DRI, ATI DRI</ti>
66 swift 1.7 </tr>
67     <tr>
68 swift 1.29 <ti>R300, R400, R500</ti>
69 lu_zero 1.25 <ti>Radeon 9500 - x800</ti>
70 lu_zero 1.9 <ti>xorg 2D, ATI DRI</ti>
71 swift 1.7 </tr>
72 peesh 1.1 </table>
73    
74     </body>
75     </section>
76     <section>
77 swift 1.7 <title>
78 swift 1.22 I have an All-In-Wonder/Vivo board. Are the multimedia features supported?
79 swift 1.7 </title>
80 peesh 1.1 <body>
81 swift 1.7
82     <p>
83 neysx 1.40 The board's multimedia features are supported by <uri
84     link="http://gatos.sf.net">the GATOS project</uri>. These drivers will be
85 fox2mike 1.34 merged into the xorg tree shortly.
86 swift 1.7 </p>
87    
88 peesh 1.1 </body>
89     </section>
90     <section>
91 swift 1.28 <title>I'm not using an x86-based architecture. What are my options?</title>
92 peesh 1.1 <body>
93 swift 1.7
94     <p>
95 swift 1.28 X11 support on the PPC or Alpha platforms is quite similar to x86 X11 support.
96     However, ATI's closed source drivers are not supported on the PPC or Alpha, so
97     you cannot use the 3D features of the R300 Graphics Processing Unit (GPU). If
98 neysx 1.40 you have such a board and want it supported by X11, contact <uri
99     link="http://www.ati.com">ATI</uri> and ask them to release the specifications
100     for your system's GPU. The closed source driver for the AMD64 was released, so
101     AMD64 users can now enjoy the same features as x86 users.
102 swift 1.7 </p>
103    
104 lu_zero 1.19 <impo>
105 neysx 1.40 To enable agpgart support for certain AMD64 chip sets, you have to disable
106 swift 1.28 support for the K8 IOMMU.
107 lu_zero 1.19 </impo>
108    
109 peesh 1.1 </body>
110     </section>
111     <section>
112 swift 1.28 <title>I have a laptop. Is my ATI Mobility model supported?</title>
113 peesh 1.1 <body>
114 swift 1.7
115     <p>
116 neysx 1.40 It should be, but you may have a configuration issue due to the OEM PCI id that
117     such chips may have. In most cases, you may have to write the configuration
118     file yourself or use the <c>xorgconfig</c> utility.
119 peesh 1.1 </p>
120    
121     </body>
122     </section>
123     </chapter>
124    
125     <chapter>
126     <title>Installation</title>
127     <section>
128     <title>Packages</title>
129     <body>
130 swift 1.7
131 swift 1.17 <ul>
132 swift 1.22 <li>The <c>xorg-x11</c> ebuild provides the X11 implementation</li>
133     <li>
134     For a 2.6.x kernel the DRI modules can be built with the kernel or be
135     provided by the <c>x11-drm</c> ebuild
136     </li>
137 neysx 1.40 <li>For a 2.4.x kernel series you must use the <c>x11-drm</c> ebuild</li>
138 swift 1.22 <li>
139 neysx 1.40 The <c>ati-drivers</c> ebuild provides the ATI closed source X drivers and
140     kernel modules, for both the 2.4 and 2.6 series kernels
141 swift 1.22 </li>
142 swift 1.17 </ul>
143 swift 1.7
144 swift 1.21 <p>
145     If you want to use ATI's <e>internal</e> agpgart support instead of the Linux
146 swift 1.23 kernel one, the agpgart driver and the chip set specific driver (in your kernel
147 swift 1.21 configuration) must be built as modules or not at all.
148     </p>
149 swift 1.7
150 swift 1.17 <pre caption="Installing drivers">
151 swift 1.29 <comment>(If you want just the Rage128 drivers and modules installed with X11)</comment>
152 neysx 1.41 # <i>VIDEO_CARDS="r128" emerge x11-drm</i>
153 fox2mike 1.34
154 neysx 1.18 <comment>(To have just the Radeon support)</comment>
155 swift 1.29 <comment>(R100, R200, R250, R280, but not R300 yet)</comment>
156 lu_zero 1.9 # <i>VIDEO_CARDS="radeon" emerge x11-drm</i>
157 fox2mike 1.34
158 neysx 1.18 <comment>(To install the ATI closed source drivers)</comment>
159 swift 1.29 <comment>(R200, R250, R280 and R300 only)</comment>
160 blubber 1.5 # <i>emerge ati-drivers</i>
161 fox2mike 1.34
162 swift 1.29 <comment>(To install X11 without any kernel modules)</comment>
163 lu_zero 1.9 # <i>emerge xorg-x11</i>
164 peesh 1.1 </pre>
165 swift 1.7
166 peesh 1.1 </body>
167     </section>
168     <section>
169     <title>Configuration</title>
170     <body>
171 swift 1.7
172     <p>
173 neysx 1.40 The use of <c>xorgcfg</c> or <c>xorgconfig</c> to generate the
174     <path>xorg.conf</path> configuration file is suggested. Alternatively, you may
175     use the Xorg auto configuration option:
176 swift 1.7 </p>
177    
178 lu_zero 1.10 <pre caption="Autoconfiguring X">
179 blubber 1.5 # <i>X -configure</i>
180 peesh 1.1 </pre>
181 swift 1.7
182     <p>
183 lu_zero 1.9 For more information on how to get a basic <c>xorg.conf</c> configuration file,
184 fox2mike 1.35 please refer to the <uri link="/doc/en/xorg-config.xml">Gentoo X Server
185     HowTo</uri>.
186 swift 1.7 </p>
187    
188     <note>
189 neysx 1.39 You can use <c>aticonfig</c> if you have installed the <c>ati-drivers</c>
190 swift 1.28 package.
191 swift 1.7 </note>
192    
193     <impo>
194 fox2mike 1.31 PPC users could use the <c>Xorgautoconfig</c> stand-alone configuration tool by
195     emerging the <c>Xorgautoconfig</c> ebuild, but isn't required.
196 swift 1.7 </impo>
197    
198 peesh 1.1 </body>
199     </section>
200 nightmorph 1.36 <section>
201     <title>Switching to OpenGL</title>
202     <body>
203    
204     <p>
205     Once X is installed, configured, and running, it can use the ATI OpenGL
206     libraries:
207     </p>
208    
209 nightmorph 1.37 <pre caption="Running eselect">
210     # <i>eselect opengl set ati</i>
211 nightmorph 1.36 </pre>
212    
213     </body>
214     </section>
215 peesh 1.1 </chapter>
216 swift 1.30 <chapter>
217     <title>More Resources</title>
218     <section>
219     <body>
220    
221     <p>
222 nightmorph 1.38 Please read the <uri link="/doc/en/dri-howto.xml">Hardware Acceleration
223     Guide</uri> for more information on configuring your ATI graphics card.
224     </p>
225    
226     <p>
227 swift 1.30 More information on Gentoo Linux and the ATI Radeon binary drivers can be found
228     on the <uri
229     link="http://odin.prohosting.com/wedge01/gentoo-radeon-faq.html">Wedge
230     Unofficial Gentoo ATI Radeon FAQ</uri>.
231     </p>
232    
233     </body>
234     </section>
235     </chapter>
236 peesh 1.1 </guide>

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