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added a couple of new bits of support from bug 170293. while i was editing the doc anyway, also went through and revamped several other sections, including adding new info on the latest ati cards (no support for R600/HD 2000 series), other xorg driver support updates, removed 2.4 kernel stuff, removed x11-drm per previous updates to the hardware accel guide, and condensed install instructions

1 peesh 1.1 <?xml version='1.0' encoding="UTF-8"?>
2 nightmorph 1.43 <!-- $Header: /var/cvsroot/gentoo/xml/htdocs/doc/en/ati-faq.xml,v 1.42 2007/06/09 12:32:56 jkt 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 nightmorph 1.43 <version>1.3</version>
28     <date>2007-08-07</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 nightmorph 1.43 link="http://www.freedesktop.org/Software/xorg">xorg-x11</uri>, at least for the
39     2D accelerated features. The 3D support is provided either by xorg-x11, or by
40 fox2mike 1.32 ATI's <uri
41 swift 1.28 link="http://mirror.ati.com/support/drivers/linux/radeon-linux.html">closed
42     source drivers</uri>.
43 peesh 1.1 </p>
44    
45     <table>
46 swift 1.7 <tr>
47     <th>GPU</th>
48     <th>Common Name</th>
49     <th>Support</th>
50     </tr>
51     <tr>
52 swift 1.29 <ti>Rage128</ti>
53 swift 1.7 <ti>Rage128</ti>
54 nightmorph 1.43 <ti>xorg</ti>
55 swift 1.7 </tr>
56     <tr>
57 swift 1.29 <ti>R100</ti>
58 swift 1.7 <ti>Radeon7xxx, Radeon64</ti>
59 nightmorph 1.43 <ti>xorg</ti>
60 swift 1.7 </tr>
61     <tr>
62 swift 1.29 <ti>R200, R250, R280</ti>
63 swift 1.13 <ti>Radeon8500, Radeon9000, Radeon9200</ti>
64 nightmorph 1.43 <ti>xorg, ATI DRI</ti>
65 swift 1.7 </tr>
66     <tr>
67 jkt 1.42 <ti>R300, R400</ti>
68 nightmorph 1.43 <ti>Radeon 9500 - x850</ti>
69     <ti>xorg, ATI DRI</ti>
70 swift 1.7 </tr>
71 jkt 1.42 <tr>
72 nightmorph 1.43 <ti>R500</ti>
73     <ti>Radeon X1300 and higher</ti>
74 jkt 1.42 <ti>ATI DRI, no support in xorg</ti>
75     </tr>
76 nightmorph 1.43 <tr>
77     <ti>R600</ti>
78     <ti>Radeon HD 2000 series</ti>
79     <ti>Not supported in Linux</ti>
80     </tr>
81 peesh 1.1 </table>
82    
83 nightmorph 1.43 <p>
84     The x1000 series cards (x1300 and higher) cannot use the free xorg drivers; they
85     are limited to the unaccelerated 2D vesa driver. Use the proprietary
86     <c>ati-drivers</c> package if you want hardware-accelerated 2D/3D graphics.
87     </p>
88    
89     <impo>
90     The newest Radeon HD 2000 series cards are completely unsupported in Linux.
91     There are no drivers from either xorg or ATI. It's probably best to hold off
92     buying these cards until there's some kind of support in Linux. ;)
93     </impo>
94    
95 peesh 1.1 </body>
96     </section>
97     <section>
98 swift 1.7 <title>
99 swift 1.22 I have an All-In-Wonder/Vivo board. Are the multimedia features supported?
100 swift 1.7 </title>
101 peesh 1.1 <body>
102 swift 1.7
103     <p>
104 neysx 1.40 The board's multimedia features are supported by <uri
105     link="http://gatos.sf.net">the GATOS project</uri>. These drivers will be
106 fox2mike 1.34 merged into the xorg tree shortly.
107 swift 1.7 </p>
108    
109 peesh 1.1 </body>
110     </section>
111     <section>
112 swift 1.28 <title>I'm not using an x86-based architecture. What are my options?</title>
113 peesh 1.1 <body>
114 swift 1.7
115     <p>
116 swift 1.28 X11 support on the PPC or Alpha platforms is quite similar to x86 X11 support.
117     However, ATI's closed source drivers are not supported on the PPC or Alpha, so
118     you cannot use the 3D features of the R300 Graphics Processing Unit (GPU). If
119 neysx 1.40 you have such a board and want it supported by X11, contact <uri
120     link="http://www.ati.com">ATI</uri> and ask them to release the specifications
121     for your system's GPU. The closed source driver for the AMD64 was released, so
122     AMD64 users can now enjoy the same features as x86 users.
123 swift 1.7 </p>
124    
125 lu_zero 1.19 <impo>
126 neysx 1.40 To enable agpgart support for certain AMD64 chip sets, you have to disable
127 swift 1.28 support for the K8 IOMMU.
128 lu_zero 1.19 </impo>
129    
130 peesh 1.1 </body>
131     </section>
132     <section>
133 swift 1.28 <title>I have a laptop. Is my ATI Mobility model supported?</title>
134 peesh 1.1 <body>
135 swift 1.7
136     <p>
137 neysx 1.40 It should be, but you may have a configuration issue due to the OEM PCI id that
138     such chips may have. In most cases, you may have to write the configuration
139     file yourself or use the <c>xorgconfig</c> utility.
140 peesh 1.1 </p>
141    
142     </body>
143     </section>
144     </chapter>
145    
146     <chapter>
147     <title>Installation</title>
148     <section>
149     <title>Packages</title>
150     <body>
151 swift 1.7
152 nightmorph 1.43 <p>
153     There are two ways of getting drivers for your ATI card:
154     </p>
155    
156 swift 1.17 <ul>
157 swift 1.22 <li>The <c>xorg-x11</c> ebuild provides the X11 implementation</li>
158 nightmorph 1.43 <li>
159 neysx 1.40 The <c>ati-drivers</c> ebuild provides the ATI closed source X drivers and
160 nightmorph 1.43 kernel modules
161 swift 1.22 </li>
162 swift 1.17 </ul>
163 swift 1.7
164 swift 1.21 <p>
165     If you want to use ATI's <e>internal</e> agpgart support instead of the Linux
166 swift 1.23 kernel one, the agpgart driver and the chip set specific driver (in your kernel
167 swift 1.21 configuration) must be built as modules or not at all.
168     </p>
169 swift 1.7
170 nightmorph 1.43 <note>
171     Please read the <uri link="/doc/en/dri-howto.xml">Hardware Acceleration
172     Guide</uri> for more information on installing drivers for your ATI graphics
173     card.
174     </note>
175 swift 1.7
176 peesh 1.1 </body>
177     </section>
178     <section>
179     <title>Configuration</title>
180     <body>
181 swift 1.7
182     <p>
183 neysx 1.40 The use of <c>xorgcfg</c> or <c>xorgconfig</c> to generate the
184     <path>xorg.conf</path> configuration file is suggested. Alternatively, you may
185     use the Xorg auto configuration option:
186 swift 1.7 </p>
187    
188 lu_zero 1.10 <pre caption="Autoconfiguring X">
189 blubber 1.5 # <i>X -configure</i>
190 peesh 1.1 </pre>
191 swift 1.7
192     <p>
193 lu_zero 1.9 For more information on how to get a basic <c>xorg.conf</c> configuration file,
194 fox2mike 1.35 please refer to the <uri link="/doc/en/xorg-config.xml">Gentoo X Server
195     HowTo</uri>.
196 swift 1.7 </p>
197    
198     <note>
199 neysx 1.39 You can use <c>aticonfig</c> if you have installed the <c>ati-drivers</c>
200 swift 1.28 package.
201 swift 1.7 </note>
202    
203     <impo>
204 fox2mike 1.31 PPC users could use the <c>Xorgautoconfig</c> stand-alone configuration tool by
205     emerging the <c>Xorgautoconfig</c> ebuild, but isn't required.
206 swift 1.7 </impo>
207    
208 peesh 1.1 </body>
209     </section>
210 nightmorph 1.36 <section>
211     <title>Switching to OpenGL</title>
212     <body>
213    
214     <p>
215     Once X is installed, configured, and running, it can use the ATI OpenGL
216     libraries:
217     </p>
218    
219 nightmorph 1.37 <pre caption="Running eselect">
220     # <i>eselect opengl set ati</i>
221 nightmorph 1.36 </pre>
222    
223     </body>
224     </section>
225 peesh 1.1 </chapter>
226 swift 1.30 <chapter>
227     <title>More Resources</title>
228     <section>
229     <body>
230    
231     <p>
232 nightmorph 1.38 Please read the <uri link="/doc/en/dri-howto.xml">Hardware Acceleration
233     Guide</uri> for more information on configuring your ATI graphics card.
234     </p>
235    
236     <p>
237 swift 1.30 More information on Gentoo Linux and the ATI Radeon binary drivers can be found
238     on the <uri
239     link="http://odin.prohosting.com/wedge01/gentoo-radeon-faq.html">Wedge
240     Unofficial Gentoo ATI Radeon FAQ</uri>.
241     </p>
242    
243     </body>
244     </section>
245     </chapter>
246 peesh 1.1 </guide>

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