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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 <author title="Editor">
18 <mail link="nightmorph@gentoo.org">Joshua Saddler</mail>
19 </author>
20
21 <abstract>
22 This FAQ should help users avoid some common installation and configuration
23 issues related to DRI and X11 for ATI boards.
24 </abstract>
25
26 <!-- The content of this document is licensed under the CC-BY-SA license -->
27 <!-- See http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5 -->
28 <license/>
29
30 <version>1.4</version>
31 <date>2007-08-23</date>
32
33 <chapter>
34 <title>Hardware Support</title>
35 <section>
36 <title>Is my ATI board supported?</title>
37 <body>
38
39 <p>
40 Many ATI boards (but not all) are supported by <uri
41 link="http://www.freedesktop.org/Software/xorg">xorg-x11</uri>, at least for the
42 2D accelerated features. The 3D support is provided either by xorg-x11, or by
43 ATI's <uri
44 link="http://mirror.ati.com/support/drivers/linux/radeon-linux.html">closed
45 source drivers</uri>.
46 </p>
47
48 <table>
49 <tr>
50 <th>GPU</th>
51 <th>Common Name</th>
52 <th>Support</th>
53 </tr>
54 <tr>
55 <ti>Rage128</ti>
56 <ti>Rage128</ti>
57 <ti>xorg</ti>
58 </tr>
59 <tr>
60 <ti>R100</ti>
61 <ti>Radeon7xxx, Radeon64</ti>
62 <ti>xorg</ti>
63 </tr>
64 <tr>
65 <ti>R200, R250, R280</ti>
66 <ti>Radeon8500, Radeon9000, Radeon9200</ti>
67 <ti>xorg, ATI DRI</ti>
68 </tr>
69 <tr>
70 <ti>R300, R400</ti>
71 <ti>Radeon 9500 - x850</ti>
72 <ti>xorg, ATI DRI</ti>
73 </tr>
74 <tr>
75 <ti>R500</ti>
76 <ti>Radeon X1300 and higher</ti>
77 <ti>ATI DRI, no support in xorg</ti>
78 </tr>
79 <tr>
80 <ti>R600</ti>
81 <ti>Radeon HD 2000 series</ti>
82 <ti>Not supported in Linux</ti>
83 </tr>
84 </table>
85
86 <p>
87 The x1000 series cards (x1300 and higher) cannot use the free xorg drivers; they
88 are limited to the unaccelerated 2D vesa driver. Use the proprietary
89 <c>ati-drivers</c> package if you want hardware-accelerated 2D/3D graphics.
90 </p>
91
92 <impo>
93 The newest Radeon HD 2000 series cards are completely unsupported in Linux.
94 There are no drivers from either xorg or ATI. It's probably best to hold off
95 buying these cards until there's some kind of support in Linux. ;)
96 </impo>
97
98 </body>
99 </section>
100 <section>
101 <title>
102 I have an All-In-Wonder/Vivo board. Are the multimedia features supported?
103 </title>
104 <body>
105
106 <p>
107 The board's multimedia features are supported by <uri
108 link="http://gatos.sf.net">the GATOS project</uri>. These drivers have been
109 merged into the Xorg tree. You don't need to use anything special;
110 <c>x11-drivers/xf86-video-ati</c> will work just fine.
111 </p>
112
113 </body>
114 </section>
115 <section>
116 <title>I'm not using an x86-based architecture. What are my options?</title>
117 <body>
118
119 <p>
120 X11 support on the PPC or Alpha platforms is quite similar to x86 X11 support.
121 However, ATI's closed source drivers are not supported on the PPC or Alpha, so
122 you cannot use the 3D features of the R300 Graphics Processing Unit (GPU). If
123 you have such a board and want it supported by X11, contact <uri
124 link="http://www.ati.com">ATI</uri> and ask them to release the specifications
125 for your system's GPU. The closed source driver for the AMD64 was released, so
126 AMD64 users can now enjoy the same features as x86 users.
127 </p>
128
129 <impo>
130 To enable agpgart support for certain AMD64 chip sets, you have to disable
131 support for the K8 IOMMU.
132 </impo>
133
134 </body>
135 </section>
136 <section>
137 <title>I have a laptop. Is my ATI Mobility model supported?</title>
138 <body>
139
140 <p>
141 It should be, but you may have a configuration issue due to the OEM PCI id that
142 such chips may have. In most cases, you may have to write the configuration
143 file yourself or use the <c>xorgconfig</c> utility.
144 </p>
145
146 </body>
147 </section>
148 </chapter>
149
150 <chapter>
151 <title>Installation</title>
152 <section>
153 <title>Packages</title>
154 <body>
155
156 <p>
157 There are two ways of getting drivers for your ATI card:
158 </p>
159
160 <ul>
161 <li>The <c>xorg-x11</c> ebuild provides the X11 implementation</li>
162 <li>
163 The <c>ati-drivers</c> ebuild provides the ATI closed source X drivers and
164 kernel modules
165 </li>
166 </ul>
167
168 <p>
169 If you want to use ATI's <e>internal</e> agpgart support instead of the Linux
170 kernel one, the agpgart driver and the chip set specific driver (in your kernel
171 configuration) must be built as modules or not at all.
172 </p>
173
174 <note>
175 Please read the <uri link="/doc/en/dri-howto.xml">Hardware Acceleration
176 Guide</uri> for more information on installing drivers for your ATI graphics
177 card.
178 </note>
179
180 </body>
181 </section>
182 <section>
183 <title>Configuration</title>
184 <body>
185
186 <p>
187 The use of <c>xorgcfg</c> or <c>xorgconfig</c> to generate the
188 <path>xorg.conf</path> configuration file is suggested. Alternatively, you may
189 use the Xorg auto configuration option:
190 </p>
191
192 <pre caption="Autoconfiguring X">
193 # <i>X -configure</i>
194 </pre>
195
196 <p>
197 For more information on how to get a basic <c>xorg.conf</c> configuration file,
198 please refer to the <uri link="/doc/en/xorg-config.xml">Gentoo X Server
199 HowTo</uri>.
200 </p>
201
202 <note>
203 You can use <c>aticonfig</c> if you have installed the <c>ati-drivers</c>
204 package.
205 </note>
206
207 <impo>
208 PPC users could use the <c>Xorgautoconfig</c> stand-alone configuration tool by
209 emerging the <c>Xorgautoconfig</c> ebuild, but isn't required.
210 </impo>
211
212 </body>
213 </section>
214 <section>
215 <title>Switching to OpenGL</title>
216 <body>
217
218 <p>
219 Once X is installed, configured, and running, it can use the ATI OpenGL
220 libraries:
221 </p>
222
223 <pre caption="Running eselect">
224 # <i>eselect opengl set ati</i>
225 </pre>
226
227 </body>
228 </section>
229 </chapter>
230 <chapter>
231 <title>More Resources</title>
232 <section>
233 <body>
234
235 <p>
236 Please read the <uri link="/doc/en/dri-howto.xml">Hardware Acceleration
237 Guide</uri> for more information on configuring your ATI graphics card.
238 </p>
239
240 <p>
241 More information on Gentoo Linux and the ATI Radeon binary drivers can be found
242 on the <uri
243 link="http://odin.prohosting.com/wedge01/gentoo-radeon-faq.html">Wedge
244 Unofficial Gentoo ATI Radeon FAQ</uri>.
245 </p>
246
247 </body>
248 </section>
249 </chapter>
250 </guide>

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