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2 <!-- $Header: /var/cvsroot/gentoo/xml/htdocs/doc/en/ati-faq.xml,v 1.17 2004/11/09 11:59:00 swift 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>1.0.6</version>
25 <date>November 09, 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</uri> , the gatos drivers will be merged in the xorg tree shortly.
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 <ul>
121
122 <li>The <c>xorg-x11</c> ebuild provides the X11 implementation. </li>
123
124 <li>For a 2.6.x kernel the DRI modules can be built with the kernel or be
125 provided by the <c>x11-drm</c> ebuild</li>
126
127 <li>For a 2.4.x kernel series you must use the <c>x11-drm</c> ebuild</li>
128
129 <li>The <c>ati-drivers</c> ebuild provides the ATI closed source X drivers
130 and kernel modules, for both the 2.4 and 2.6 series kernels</li>
131
132 </ul>
133
134 <impo>
135 Your kernel must have agpgart support. If you are running a 2.4.x
136 kernel or are planning on using the x11-drm ebuild you should not have the DRM
137 modules compiled in.
138 </impo>
139
140 <pre caption="Installing drivers">
141 <comment>(If you want just the Rage128 drivers and modules installed with x11)</comment>
142 # <i>VIDEO_CARDS="rage128" emerge x11-drm</i>
143 <comment>(To have just the Radeon support)</comment>
144 <comment>(r100, r200, r250, but not r300 yet)</comment>
145 # <i>VIDEO_CARDS="radeon" emerge x11-drm</i>
146 <comment>(To install the ATI closed source drivers)</comment>
147 <comment>(r200,r250 and r300 only)</comment>
148 # <i>emerge ati-drivers</i>
149 <comment>(To install just X11 but not install)</comment>
150 <comment>(any kernel module)</comment>
151 # <i>emerge xorg-x11</i>
152 </pre>
153
154 </body>
155 </section>
156 <section>
157 <title>Configuration</title>
158 <body>
159
160 <p>
161 It is suggested the use of <c>xorgcfg</c>, <c>xorgconfig</c> or directly by
162 using the Xorg auto configuration option:
163 </p>
164
165 <pre caption="Autoconfiguring X">
166 # <i>X -configure</i>
167 </pre>
168
169 <p>
170 For more information on how to get a basic <c>xorg.conf</c> configuration file,
171 please refer to the <uri link="http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/desktop.xml">Gentoo
172 Desktop Documentation Resources</uri>.
173 </p>
174
175 <note>
176 Users of the ati-drivers can also use <c>fglrxconfig</c>.
177 </note>
178
179 <impo>
180 PPC users could use the <c>Xautoconf</c> stand alone configurator by
181 emerging the <c>Xautoconf</c> ebuild, but isn't required.
182 </impo>
183
184 </body>
185 </section>
186 </chapter>
187 </guide>

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