/[gentoo]/xml/htdocs/doc/en/ati-faq.xml
Gentoo

Contents of /xml/htdocs/doc/en/ati-faq.xml

Parent Directory Parent Directory | Revision Log Revision Log


Revision 1.42 - (show annotations) (download) (as text)
Sat Jun 9 12:32:56 2007 UTC (7 years, 3 months ago) by jkt
Branch: MAIN
Changes since 1.41: +9 -4 lines
File MIME type: application/xml
clarify "support" of R500 and newer

1 <?xml version='1.0' encoding="UTF-8"?>
2 <!-- $Header: /var/cvsroot/gentoo/xml/htdocs/doc/en/ati-faq.xml,v 1.41 2006/10/04 14:26:04 neysx 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 <!-- The content of this document is licensed under the CC-BY-SA license -->
24 <!-- See http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5 -->
25 <license/>
26
27 <version>1.2</version>
28 <date>2007-06-09</date>
29
30 <chapter>
31 <title>Hardware Support</title>
32 <section>
33 <title>Is my ATI board supported?</title>
34 <body>
35
36 <p>
37 Many ATI boards (but not all) are supported by <uri
38 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 link="http://dri.sf.net">the DRI project</uri> which is part of xorg-x11, or by
41 ATI's <uri
42 link="http://mirror.ati.com/support/drivers/linux/radeon-linux.html">closed
43 source drivers</uri>.
44 </p>
45
46 <table>
47 <tr>
48 <th>GPU</th>
49 <th>Common Name</th>
50 <th>Support</th>
51 </tr>
52 <tr>
53 <ti>Rage128</ti>
54 <ti>Rage128</ti>
55 <ti>xorg DRI</ti>
56 </tr>
57 <tr>
58 <ti>R100</ti>
59 <ti>Radeon7xxx, Radeon64</ti>
60 <ti>xorg DRI</ti>
61 </tr>
62 <tr>
63 <ti>R200, R250, R280</ti>
64 <ti>Radeon8500, Radeon9000, Radeon9200</ti>
65 <ti>xorg DRI, ATI DRI</ti>
66 </tr>
67 <tr>
68 <ti>R300, R400</ti>
69 <ti>Radeon 9500 - x800</ti>
70 <ti>xorg 2D, ATI DRI</ti>
71 </tr>
72 <tr>
73 <ti>R500 and newer</ti>
74 <ti>Radeon X....</ti>
75 <ti>ATI DRI, no support in xorg</ti>
76 </tr>
77 </table>
78
79 </body>
80 </section>
81 <section>
82 <title>
83 I have an All-In-Wonder/Vivo board. Are the multimedia features supported?
84 </title>
85 <body>
86
87 <p>
88 The board's multimedia features are supported by <uri
89 link="http://gatos.sf.net">the GATOS project</uri>. These drivers will be
90 merged into the xorg tree shortly.
91 </p>
92
93 </body>
94 </section>
95 <section>
96 <title>I'm not using an x86-based architecture. What are my options?</title>
97 <body>
98
99 <p>
100 X11 support on the PPC or Alpha platforms is quite similar to x86 X11 support.
101 However, ATI's closed source drivers are not supported on the PPC or Alpha, so
102 you cannot use the 3D features of the R300 Graphics Processing Unit (GPU). If
103 you have such a board and want it supported by X11, contact <uri
104 link="http://www.ati.com">ATI</uri> and ask them to release the specifications
105 for your system's GPU. The closed source driver for the AMD64 was released, so
106 AMD64 users can now enjoy the same features as x86 users.
107 </p>
108
109 <impo>
110 To enable agpgart support for certain AMD64 chip sets, you have to disable
111 support for the K8 IOMMU.
112 </impo>
113
114 </body>
115 </section>
116 <section>
117 <title>I have a laptop. Is my ATI Mobility model supported?</title>
118 <body>
119
120 <p>
121 It should be, but you may have a configuration issue due to the OEM PCI id that
122 such chips may have. In most cases, you may have to write the configuration
123 file yourself or use the <c>xorgconfig</c> utility.
124 </p>
125
126 </body>
127 </section>
128 </chapter>
129
130 <chapter>
131 <title>Installation</title>
132 <section>
133 <title>Packages</title>
134 <body>
135
136 <ul>
137 <li>The <c>xorg-x11</c> ebuild provides the X11 implementation</li>
138 <li>
139 For a 2.6.x kernel the DRI modules can be built with the kernel or be
140 provided by the <c>x11-drm</c> ebuild
141 </li>
142 <li>For a 2.4.x kernel series you must use the <c>x11-drm</c> ebuild</li>
143 <li>
144 The <c>ati-drivers</c> ebuild provides the ATI closed source X drivers and
145 kernel modules, for both the 2.4 and 2.6 series kernels
146 </li>
147 </ul>
148
149 <p>
150 If you want to use ATI's <e>internal</e> agpgart support instead of the Linux
151 kernel one, the agpgart driver and the chip set specific driver (in your kernel
152 configuration) must be built as modules or not at all.
153 </p>
154
155 <pre caption="Installing drivers">
156 <comment>(If you want just the Rage128 drivers and modules installed with X11)</comment>
157 # <i>VIDEO_CARDS="r128" emerge x11-drm</i>
158
159 <comment>(To have just the Radeon support)</comment>
160 <comment>(R100, R200, R250, R280, but not R300 yet)</comment>
161 # <i>VIDEO_CARDS="radeon" emerge x11-drm</i>
162
163 <comment>(To install the ATI closed source drivers)</comment>
164 <comment>(R200, R250, R280 and R300 only)</comment>
165 # <i>emerge ati-drivers</i>
166
167 <comment>(To install X11 without any kernel modules)</comment>
168 # <i>emerge xorg-x11</i>
169 </pre>
170
171 </body>
172 </section>
173 <section>
174 <title>Configuration</title>
175 <body>
176
177 <p>
178 The use of <c>xorgcfg</c> or <c>xorgconfig</c> to generate the
179 <path>xorg.conf</path> configuration file is suggested. Alternatively, you may
180 use the Xorg auto configuration option:
181 </p>
182
183 <pre caption="Autoconfiguring X">
184 # <i>X -configure</i>
185 </pre>
186
187 <p>
188 For more information on how to get a basic <c>xorg.conf</c> configuration file,
189 please refer to the <uri link="/doc/en/xorg-config.xml">Gentoo X Server
190 HowTo</uri>.
191 </p>
192
193 <note>
194 You can use <c>aticonfig</c> if you have installed the <c>ati-drivers</c>
195 package.
196 </note>
197
198 <impo>
199 PPC users could use the <c>Xorgautoconfig</c> stand-alone configuration tool by
200 emerging the <c>Xorgautoconfig</c> ebuild, but isn't required.
201 </impo>
202
203 </body>
204 </section>
205 <section>
206 <title>Switching to OpenGL</title>
207 <body>
208
209 <p>
210 Once X is installed, configured, and running, it can use the ATI OpenGL
211 libraries:
212 </p>
213
214 <pre caption="Running eselect">
215 # <i>eselect opengl set ati</i>
216 </pre>
217
218 </body>
219 </section>
220 </chapter>
221 <chapter>
222 <title>More Resources</title>
223 <section>
224 <body>
225
226 <p>
227 Please read the <uri link="/doc/en/dri-howto.xml">Hardware Acceleration
228 Guide</uri> for more information on configuring your ATI graphics card.
229 </p>
230
231 <p>
232 More information on Gentoo Linux and the ATI Radeon binary drivers can be found
233 on the <uri
234 link="http://odin.prohosting.com/wedge01/gentoo-radeon-faq.html">Wedge
235 Unofficial Gentoo ATI Radeon FAQ</uri>.
236 </p>
237
238 </body>
239 </section>
240 </chapter>
241 </guide>

  ViewVC Help
Powered by ViewVC 1.1.20