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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 1.28 2005/07/02 12:51:39 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
8 <author title="Author">
9 <mail link="lu_zero@gentoo.org">Luca Barbato</mail>
10 </author>
11 <author title="Editor">
12 <mail link="peesh@gentoo.org">Jorge Paulo</mail>
13 </author>
14 <author title="Editor">
15 <mail link="blubber@gentoo.org">Tiemo Kieft</mail>
16 </author>
17
18 <abstract>
19 This FAQ should help users avoid some common installation and configuration
20 issues related to DRI and X11 for ATI boards.
21 </abstract>
22
23 <license/>
24
25 <version>1.0.12</version>
26 <date>2005-07-02</date>
27
28 <chapter>
29 <title>Hardware Support</title>
30 <section>
31 <title>Is my ATI board supported?</title>
32 <body>
33
34 <p>
35 Almost every ATI board is supported by <uri
36 link="http://www.freedesktop.org/Software/xorg">xorg-x11</uri>, at least for
37 the 2D accelerated features. The 3D support is provided either by <uri
38 link="http://dri.sf.net">the DRI project</uri> which is part of xorg-x11,
39 or by ATI's <uri
40 link="http://mirror.ati.com/support/drivers/linux/radeon-linux.html">closed
41 source drivers</uri>.
42 </p>
43
44 <table>
45 <tr>
46 <th>GPU</th>
47 <th>Common Name</th>
48 <th>Support</th>
49 </tr>
50 <tr>
51 <ti>Rage128</ti>
52 <ti>Rage128</ti>
53 <ti>xorg DRI</ti>
54 </tr>
55 <tr>
56 <ti>R100</ti>
57 <ti>Radeon7xxx, Radeon64</ti>
58 <ti>xorg DRI</ti>
59 </tr>
60 <tr>
61 <ti>R200, R250, R280</ti>
62 <ti>Radeon8500, Radeon9000, Radeon9200</ti>
63 <ti>xorg DRI, ATI DRI</ti>
64 </tr>
65 <tr>
66 <ti>R300, R400, R500</ti>
67 <ti>Radeon 9500 - x800</ti>
68 <ti>xorg 2D, ATI DRI</ti>
69 </tr>
70 </table>
71
72 </body>
73 </section>
74 <section>
75 <title>
76 I have an All-In-Wonder/Vivo board. Are the multimedia features supported?
77 </title>
78 <body>
79
80 <p>
81 The board's multimedia features are supported by <uri
82 link="http://gatos.sf.net">the GATOS project</uri>. These drivers will be
83 merged in the xorg tree shortly.
84 </p>
85
86 </body>
87 </section>
88 <section>
89 <title>I'm not using an x86-based architecture. What are my options?</title>
90 <body>
91
92 <p>
93 X11 support on the PPC or Alpha platforms is quite similar to x86 X11 support.
94 However, ATI's closed source drivers are not supported on the PPC or Alpha, so
95 you cannot use the 3D features of the R300 Graphics Processing Unit (GPU). If
96 you have such a board and want it supported by X11, contact
97 <uri link="http://www.ati.com">ATI</uri> and ask them to release the
98 specifications for your system's GPU. The closed source driver for the AMD64
99 was released, so AMD64 users can now enjoy the same features as x86 users.
100 </p>
101
102 <impo>
103 To enable agpgart support for certain AMD64 chip sets, you have to disable
104 support for the K8 IOMMU.
105 </impo>
106
107 </body>
108 </section>
109 <section>
110 <title>I have a laptop. Is my ATI Mobility model supported?</title>
111 <body>
112
113 <p>
114 It should be, but you may have a configuration issue due to the OEM PCI id that
115 such chips may have. In most cases you may have to write the configuration file
116 yourself or use the <c>xorgconfig</c> utility.
117 </p>
118
119 </body>
120 </section>
121 </chapter>
122
123 <chapter>
124 <title>Installation</title>
125 <section>
126 <title>Packages</title>
127 <body>
128
129 <ul>
130 <li>The <c>xorg-x11</c> ebuild provides the X11 implementation</li>
131 <li>
132 For a 2.6.x kernel the DRI modules can be built with the kernel or be
133 provided by the <c>x11-drm</c> ebuild
134 </li>
135 <li>
136 For a 2.4.x kernel series you must use the <c>x11-drm</c> ebuild
137 </li>
138 <li>
139 The <c>ati-drivers</c> ebuild provides the ATI closed source X drivers
140 and kernel modules, for both the 2.4 and 2.6 series kernels
141 </li>
142 </ul>
143
144 <p>
145 If you want to use ATI's <e>internal</e> agpgart support instead of the Linux
146 kernel one, the agpgart driver and the chip set specific driver (in your kernel
147 configuration) must be built as modules or not at all.
148 </p>
149
150 <pre caption="Installing drivers">
151 <comment>(If you want just the Rage128 drivers and modules installed with X11)</comment>
152 # <i>VIDEO_CARDS="rage128" emerge x11-drm</i>
153 <comment>(To have just the Radeon support)</comment>
154 <comment>(R100, R200, R250, R280, but not R300 yet)</comment>
155 # <i>VIDEO_CARDS="radeon" emerge x11-drm</i>
156 <comment>(To install the ATI closed source drivers)</comment>
157 <comment>(R200, R250, R280 and R300 only)</comment>
158 # <i>emerge ati-drivers</i>
159 <comment>(To install X11 without any kernel modules)</comment>
160 # <i>emerge xorg-x11</i>
161 </pre>
162
163 </body>
164 </section>
165 <section>
166 <title>Configuration</title>
167 <body>
168
169 <p>
170 The use of <c>xorgcfg</c> or <c>xorgconfig</c> to generate the
171 <path>xorg.conf</path> configuration file is suggested. Alternatively, you
172 may use the Xorg auto configuration option:
173 </p>
174
175 <pre caption="Autoconfiguring X">
176 # <i>X -configure</i>
177 </pre>
178
179 <p>
180 For more information on how to get a basic <c>xorg.conf</c> configuration file,
181 please refer to the <uri link="/doc/en/index.xml?catid=desktop">Gentoo
182 Desktop Documentation Resources</uri>.
183 </p>
184
185 <note>
186 You can use <c>fglrxconfig</c> if you have installed the <c>ati-drivers</c>
187 package.
188 </note>
189
190 <impo>
191 PPC users could use the <c>Xautoconf</c> stand-alone configuration tool by
192 emerging the <c>Xautoconf</c> ebuild, but isn't required.
193 </impo>
194
195 </body>
196 </section>
197 </chapter>
198 </guide>

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