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add info for bug 230911. also, i did some more digging on binary and xorg driver support, and have added some free additional bonus information, and some info on the 4000 series, which is soon to have support in xf86-video-ati, probably into the next 6.9.x update, or whatever comes next. just a matter of PCI IDs and such; see phoronix.com for more info on that.

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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>1.7</version>
31 <date>2008-07-06</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 (since xf86-video-ati 6.9)</ti>
78 </tr>
79 <tr>
80 <ti>R600</ti>
81 <ti>Radeon HD 2000 series</ti>
82 <ti>ATI DRI, xorg (since xf86-video-ati 6.9)</ti>
83 </tr>
84 <tr>
85 <ti>RV670</ti>
86 <ti>Radeon HD 3000 series</ti>
87 <ti>ATI DRI, xorg (since xf86-video-ati 6.9)</ti>
88 </tr>
89 <tr>
90 <ti>RV770</ti>
91 <ti>Radeon HD 4000 series</ti>
92 <ti>ATI DRI (since catalyst 8.6), xorg support in progress</ti>
93 </tr>
94 </table>
95
96 </body>
97 </section>
98 <section>
99 <title>
100 I have an All-In-Wonder/Vivo board. Are the multimedia features supported?
101 </title>
102 <body>
103
104 <p>
105 The board's multimedia features are supported by <uri
106 link="http://gatos.sf.net">the GATOS project</uri>. These drivers have been
107 merged into the Xorg tree. You don't need to use anything special;
108 <c>x11-drivers/xf86-video-ati</c> will work just fine.
109 </p>
110
111 </body>
112 </section>
113 <section>
114 <title>I'm not using an x86-based architecture. What are my options?</title>
115 <body>
116
117 <p>
118 X11 support on the PPC or Alpha platforms is quite similar to x86 X11 support.
119 However, ATI's closed source drivers are not supported on the PPC or Alpha, so
120 you cannot use the 3D features of the R300 Graphics Processing Unit (GPU). If
121 you have such a board and want it supported by X11, contact <uri
122 link="http://www.ati.com">ATI</uri> and ask them to release the specifications
123 for your system's GPU. The closed source driver for the AMD64 was released, so
124 AMD64 users can now enjoy the same features as x86 users.
125 </p>
126
127 <impo>
128 To enable agpgart support for certain AMD64 chip sets, you have to disable
129 support for the K8 IOMMU.
130 </impo>
131
132 </body>
133 </section>
134 <section>
135 <title>I have a laptop. Is my ATI Mobility model supported?</title>
136 <body>
137
138 <p>
139 It should be, but you may have a configuration issue due to the OEM PCI id that
140 such chips may have. In most cases, you may have to write the configuration
141 file yourself or use the <c>xorgconfig</c> utility.
142 </p>
143
144 </body>
145 </section>
146 </chapter>
147
148 <chapter>
149 <title>Installation</title>
150 <section>
151 <title>Packages</title>
152 <body>
153
154 <p>
155 There are two ways of getting drivers for your ATI card:
156 </p>
157
158 <ul>
159 <li>The <c>xorg-x11</c> ebuild provides the X11 implementation</li>
160 <li>
161 The <c>ati-drivers</c> ebuild provides the ATI closed source X drivers and
162 kernel modules
163 </li>
164 </ul>
165
166 <p>
167 If you want to use ATI's <e>internal</e> agpgart support instead of the Linux
168 kernel one, the agpgart driver and the chip set specific driver (in your kernel
169 configuration) must be built as modules or not at all.
170 </p>
171
172 <note>
173 Please read the <uri link="/doc/en/dri-howto.xml">Hardware Acceleration
174 Guide</uri> for more information on installing drivers for your ATI graphics
175 card.
176 </note>
177
178 </body>
179 </section>
180 <section>
181 <title>Configuration</title>
182 <body>
183
184 <p>
185 The use of <c>xorgcfg</c> or <c>xorgconfig</c> to generate the
186 <path>xorg.conf</path> configuration file is suggested. Alternatively, you may
187 use the Xorg auto configuration option:
188 </p>
189
190 <pre caption="Autoconfiguring X">
191 # <i>X -configure</i>
192 </pre>
193
194 <p>
195 For more information on how to get a basic <c>xorg.conf</c> configuration file,
196 please refer to the <uri link="/doc/en/xorg-config.xml">Gentoo X Server
197 HowTo</uri>.
198 </p>
199
200 <note>
201 You can use <c>aticonfig</c> if you have installed the <c>ati-drivers</c>
202 package.
203 </note>
204
205 <impo>
206 PPC users could use the <c>Xorgautoconfig</c> stand-alone configuration tool by
207 emerging the <c>Xorgautoconfig</c> ebuild, but isn't required.
208 </impo>
209
210 </body>
211 </section>
212 <section>
213 <title>Switching to OpenGL</title>
214 <body>
215
216 <p>
217 Once X is installed, configured, and running, it can use the ATI OpenGL
218 libraries:
219 </p>
220
221 <pre caption="Running eselect">
222 # <i>eselect opengl set ati</i>
223 </pre>
224
225 </body>
226 </section>
227 </chapter>
228 <chapter>
229 <title>More Resources</title>
230 <section>
231 <body>
232
233 <p>
234 Please read the <uri link="/doc/en/dri-howto.xml">Hardware Acceleration
235 Guide</uri> for more information on configuring your ATI graphics card.
236 </p>
237
238 <p>
239 More information on Gentoo Linux and the ATI Radeon binary drivers can be found
240 on the <uri
241 link="http://odin.prohosting.com/wedge01/gentoo-radeon-faq.html">Wedge
242 Unofficial Gentoo ATI Radeon FAQ</uri>.
243 </p>
244
245 </body>
246 </section>
247 </chapter>
248 </guide>

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