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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>1.6</version>
31 <date>2007-11-29</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, xorg support is in progress</ti>
78 </tr>
79 <tr>
80 <ti>R600</ti>
81 <ti>Radeon HD 2000 series</ti>
82 <ti>ATI DRI</ti>
83 </tr>
84 <tr>
85 <ti>RV670</ti>
86 <ti>Radeon HD 3000 series</ti>
87 <ti>none, support is in progress</ti>
88 </tr>
89 </table>
90
91 <note>
92 The HD 3000 series cards are based on the R600 chip, but there is currently no
93 support in Linux for these cards. The open-source RadeonHD driver is expected to
94 support these cards in the future, though the driver is currently under heavy
95 development. ATI is expected to release an updated fglrx driver version with
96 2D/3D hardware acceleration.
97 </note>
98
99 </body>
100 </section>
101 <section>
102 <title>
103 I have an All-In-Wonder/Vivo board. Are the multimedia features supported?
104 </title>
105 <body>
106
107 <p>
108 The board's multimedia features are supported by <uri
109 link="http://gatos.sf.net">the GATOS project</uri>. These drivers have been
110 merged into the Xorg tree. You don't need to use anything special;
111 <c>x11-drivers/xf86-video-ati</c> will work just fine.
112 </p>
113
114 </body>
115 </section>
116 <section>
117 <title>I'm not using an x86-based architecture. What are my options?</title>
118 <body>
119
120 <p>
121 X11 support on the PPC or Alpha platforms is quite similar to x86 X11 support.
122 However, ATI's closed source drivers are not supported on the PPC or Alpha, so
123 you cannot use the 3D features of the R300 Graphics Processing Unit (GPU). If
124 you have such a board and want it supported by X11, contact <uri
125 link="http://www.ati.com">ATI</uri> and ask them to release the specifications
126 for your system's GPU. The closed source driver for the AMD64 was released, so
127 AMD64 users can now enjoy the same features as x86 users.
128 </p>
129
130 <impo>
131 To enable agpgart support for certain AMD64 chip sets, you have to disable
132 support for the K8 IOMMU.
133 </impo>
134
135 </body>
136 </section>
137 <section>
138 <title>I have a laptop. Is my ATI Mobility model supported?</title>
139 <body>
140
141 <p>
142 It should be, but you may have a configuration issue due to the OEM PCI id that
143 such chips may have. In most cases, you may have to write the configuration
144 file yourself or use the <c>xorgconfig</c> utility.
145 </p>
146
147 </body>
148 </section>
149 </chapter>
150
151 <chapter>
152 <title>Installation</title>
153 <section>
154 <title>Packages</title>
155 <body>
156
157 <p>
158 There are two ways of getting drivers for your ATI card:
159 </p>
160
161 <ul>
162 <li>The <c>xorg-x11</c> ebuild provides the X11 implementation</li>
163 <li>
164 The <c>ati-drivers</c> ebuild provides the ATI closed source X drivers and
165 kernel modules
166 </li>
167 </ul>
168
169 <p>
170 If you want to use ATI's <e>internal</e> agpgart support instead of the Linux
171 kernel one, the agpgart driver and the chip set specific driver (in your kernel
172 configuration) must be built as modules or not at all.
173 </p>
174
175 <note>
176 Please read the <uri link="/doc/en/dri-howto.xml">Hardware Acceleration
177 Guide</uri> for more information on installing drivers for your ATI graphics
178 card.
179 </note>
180
181 </body>
182 </section>
183 <section>
184 <title>Configuration</title>
185 <body>
186
187 <p>
188 The use of <c>xorgcfg</c> or <c>xorgconfig</c> to generate the
189 <path>xorg.conf</path> configuration file is suggested. Alternatively, you may
190 use the Xorg auto configuration option:
191 </p>
192
193 <pre caption="Autoconfiguring X">
194 # <i>X -configure</i>
195 </pre>
196
197 <p>
198 For more information on how to get a basic <c>xorg.conf</c> configuration file,
199 please refer to the <uri link="/doc/en/xorg-config.xml">Gentoo X Server
200 HowTo</uri>.
201 </p>
202
203 <note>
204 You can use <c>aticonfig</c> if you have installed the <c>ati-drivers</c>
205 package.
206 </note>
207
208 <impo>
209 PPC users could use the <c>Xorgautoconfig</c> stand-alone configuration tool by
210 emerging the <c>Xorgautoconfig</c> ebuild, but isn't required.
211 </impo>
212
213 </body>
214 </section>
215 <section>
216 <title>Switching to OpenGL</title>
217 <body>
218
219 <p>
220 Once X is installed, configured, and running, it can use the ATI OpenGL
221 libraries:
222 </p>
223
224 <pre caption="Running eselect">
225 # <i>eselect opengl set ati</i>
226 </pre>
227
228 </body>
229 </section>
230 </chapter>
231 <chapter>
232 <title>More Resources</title>
233 <section>
234 <body>
235
236 <p>
237 Please read the <uri link="/doc/en/dri-howto.xml">Hardware Acceleration
238 Guide</uri> for more information on configuring your ATI graphics card.
239 </p>
240
241 <p>
242 More information on Gentoo Linux and the ATI Radeon binary drivers can be found
243 on the <uri
244 link="http://odin.prohosting.com/wedge01/gentoo-radeon-faq.html">Wedge
245 Unofficial Gentoo ATI Radeon FAQ</uri>.
246 </p>
247
248 </body>
249 </section>
250 </chapter>
251 </guide>

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