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1 <?xml version='1.0' encoding="UTF-8"?>
2 <!-- $Header: /var/cvsroot/gentoo/xml/htdocs/doc/en/ati-faq.xml,v 1.14 2004/10/25 17:44:12 lu_zero Exp $ -->
3 <!DOCTYPE guide SYSTEM "/dtd/guide.dtd">
4
5 <guide link="/doc/en/ati-faq.xml">
6 <title>Gentoo Linux ATi FAQ</title>
7 <author title="Author">
8 <mail link="lu_zero@gentoo.org">Luca Barbato</mail>
9 </author>
10 <author title="Editor">
11 <mail link="peesh@gentoo.org">Jorge Paulo</mail>
12 </author>
13 <author title="Editor">
14 <mail link="blubber@gentoo.org">Tiemo Kieft</mail>
15 </author>
16
17 <abstract>
18 This FAQ should help users avoid some common installation and configuration
19 issues related to DRI and x11 for ATI boards.
20 </abstract>
21
22 <license/>
23
24 <version>1.0.5</version>
25 <date>October 25, 2004</date>
26
27 <chapter>
28 <title>Hardware Support</title>
29 <section>
30 <title>Is my ATI board supported?</title>
31 <body>
32
33 <p>
34 Almost every ATI board is supported by <uri
35 link="http://www.freedesktop.org/Software/xorg">xorg-x11</uri>, at least for the 2D accelerated
36 features. The 3D support is provided either by <uri
37 link="http://dri.sf.net">the DRI project</uri>, which is already present inside
38 the xorg-x11, or by closed source drivers <uri
39 link="http://mirror.ati.com/support/drivers/linux/radeon-linux.html">
40 provided</uri> by ATI.
41 </p>
42
43 <table>
44 <tr>
45 <th>GPU</th>
46 <th>Common Name</th>
47 <th>Support</th>
48 </tr>
49 <tr>
50 <ti>rage128</ti>
51 <ti>Rage128</ti>
52 <ti>xorg DRI</ti>
53 </tr>
54 <tr>
55 <ti>r100</ti>
56 <ti>Radeon7xxx, Radeon64</ti>
57 <ti>xorg DRI</ti>
58 </tr>
59 <tr>
60 <ti>r200, r250, r280</ti>
61 <ti>Radeon8500, Radeon9000, Radeon9200</ti>
62 <ti>xorg DRI, ATI DRI</ti>
63 </tr>
64 <tr>
65 <ti>r300, following</ti>
66 <ti>Radeon 9500 - 9800</ti>
67 <ti>xorg 2D, ATI DRI</ti>
68 </tr>
69 </table>
70
71 </body>
72 </section>
73 <section>
74 <title>
75 I have an All-In-Wonder/Vivo board. Are the multimedia features supported?
76 </title>
77 <body>
78
79 <p>
80 The multimedia features are actually supported by <uri
81 link="http://gatos.sf.net">the GATOS project, the gatos drivers will be merged in the xorg tree shortly</uri>.
82 </p>
83
84 </body>
85 </section>
86 <section>
87 <title>I'm not using an x86. What are my options?</title>
88 <body>
89
90 <p>
91 You have almost the same x11 support on ppc or alpha platform but you can't
92 use the ATI closed source drivers. That means that you can't use the r300 3d
93 features at all. If you have such a board and you want it supported by x11,
94 you should contact <uri link="http://www.ati.com">ATI</uri> and ask them to open
95 the specs.
96 </p>
97
98 </body>
99 </section>
100 <section>
101 <title>I have a laptop. Is my "mobility" ATI model supported?</title>
102 <body>
103
104 <p>
105 It should be but you may have a configuration issue due to the OEM PCI id that
106 such chips may have. In most cases you may have to write the configuration file
107 yourself or use the <c>xorgconfig</c>.
108 </p>
109
110 </body>
111 </section>
112 </chapter>
113
114 <chapter>
115 <title>Installation</title>
116 <section>
117 <title>Packages</title>
118 <body>
119
120 <p>
121 The <c>xorg-x11</c> ebuild provides the X11 implementation. The kernel modules required by DRI are provided by the 2.6.x kernels, if you are still using the 2.4.x you should emerge the <c>x11-drm</c> ebuild, and <c>ati-drivers</c> provides the ATI closed source X drivers and kernel modules, for 2.4 kernels and 2.6 ones.
122 </p>
123
124 <impo>
125 Your kernel must have agpgart support and not have the DRM modules compiled in.
126 </impo>
127
128 <pre caption="Installing drivers (for 2.4 systems)">
129 <codenote>If you want just the Rage128 drivers and modules installed with x11</codenote>
130 # <i>VIDEO_CARDS="rage128" emerge x11-drm</i>
131 <codenote>To have just the Radeon support</codenote>
132 <codenote>(r100, r200, r250, but not r300 yet)</codenote>
133 # <i>VIDEO_CARDS="radeon" emerge x11-drm</i>
134 <codenote>To install the ATI closed source drivers</codenote>
135 <codenote>(r200,r250 and r300 only)</codenote>
136 # <i>emerge ati-drivers</i>
137 <codenote>To install just X11 but not install</codenote>
138 <codenote>any kernel module</codenote>
139 # <i>emerge xorg-x11</i>
140 </pre>
141
142 <pre caption="Installing just xorg (for 2.6 systems)">
143 <codenote>If you want to install xorg-x11</codenote>
144 # <i>emerge xorg-x11</i>
145 <codenote>To install the ATI closed source drivers</codenote>
146 <codenote>(r200,r250 and r300 only)</codenote>
147 # <i>emerge ati-drivers</i>
148 </pre>
149
150 </body>
151 </section>
152 <section>
153 <title>Configuration</title>
154 <body>
155
156 <p>
157 It is suggested the use of <c>xorgcfg</c>, <c>xorgconfig</c> or directly by
158 using the Xorg auto configuration option:
159 </p>
160
161 <pre caption="Autoconfiguring X">
162 # <i>X -configure</i>
163 </pre>
164
165 <p>
166 For more information on how to get a basic <c>xorg.conf</c> configuration file,
167 please refer to the <uri link="http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/desktop.xml">Gentoo
168 Desktop Documentation Resources</uri>.
169 </p>
170
171 <note>
172 Users of the ati-drivers can also use <c>fglrxconfig</c>.
173 </note>
174
175 <impo>
176 PPC users could use the <c>Xautoconf</c> stand alone configurator by
177 emerging the <c>Xautoconf</c> ebuild, but isn't required.
178 </impo>
179
180 </body>
181 </section>
182 </chapter>
183 </guide>

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