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1 <?xml version='1.0' encoding="UTF-8"?>
2 <!-- $Header: /home/cvsroot/gentoo/xml/htdocs/doc/en/ati-faq.xml,v 1.7 2003/11/17 15:39:31 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 <author title="Author">
8 <mail link="lu_zero@gentoo.org">Luca Barbato</mail>
9 </author>
10 <author title="Editor">
11 <mail link="peesh@gentoo.org">Jorge Paulo</mail>
12 </author>
13 <author title="Editor">
14 <mail link="blubber@gentoo.org">Tiemo Kieft</mail>
15 </author>
16
17 <abstract>
18 This FAQ should help users avoid some common installation and configuration
19 issues related to DRI and xfree for ATI boards.
20 </abstract>
21
22 <license/>
23
24 <version>1.0.2</version>
25 <date>July 29, 2004</date>
26
27 <chapter>
28 <title>Hardware Support</title>
29 <section>
30 <title>Is my ATI board supported?</title>
31 <body>
32
33 <p>
34 Almost every ATI board is supported by <uri
35 link="http://www.xfree86.org">Xfree86</uri>, at least for the 2D accelerated
36 features. The 3D support is provided either by <uri
37 link="http://dri.sf.net">the DRI project</uri>, which is already present inside
38 XFree86, or by closed source drivers <uri
39 link="http://mirror.ati.com/support/drivers/linux/radeon-linux.html">
40 provided</uri> by ATI.
41 </p>
42
43 <table>
44 <tr>
45 <th>GPU</th>
46 <th>Common Name</th>
47 <th>Support</th>
48 </tr>
49 <tr>
50 <ti>rage128</ti>
51 <ti>Rage128</ti>
52 <ti>xfree DRI</ti>
53 </tr>
54 <tr>
55 <ti>r100</ti>
56 <ti>Radeon7xxx, Radeon64</ti>
57 <ti>xfree DRI</ti>
58 </tr>
59 <tr>
60 <ti>r200,r250</ti>
61 <ti>Radeon8500, Radeon9000</ti>
62 <ti>xfree DRI, ATI DRI</ti>
63 </tr>
64 <tr>
65 <ti>r300, following</ti>
66 <ti>Radeon9500, Radeon9800</ti>
67 <ti>xfree 2D, ATI DRI</ti>
68 </tr>
69 </table>
70
71 </body>
72 </section>
73 <section>
74 <title>
75 I have an All-In-Wonder/Vivo board. Are the multimedia features supported?
76 </title>
77 <body>
78
79 <p>
80 The multimedia features are actually supported by <uri
81 link="http://gatos.sf.net">the GATOS project</uri>.
82 </p>
83
84 <warn>
85 ati-gatos is currently outdated. We are planning to add gatos support directly
86 inside xfree.
87 </warn>
88
89 </body>
90 </section>
91 <section>
92 <title>I'm not using an x86. What are my options?</title>
93 <body>
94
95 <p>
96 You have almost the same xfree support on ppc or alpha platform but you can't
97 use the ATI closed source drivers. That means that you can't use the r300 3d
98 features at all. If you have such a board and you want it supported by xfree,
99 you should contact <uri link="http://www.ati.com">ATI</uri> and ask them to open
100 the specs.
101 </p>
102
103 </body>
104 </section>
105 <section>
106 <title>I have a laptop. Is my "mobility" ATI model supported?</title>
107 <body>
108
109 <p>
110 It should be but you may have a configuration issue due to the OEM PCI id that
111 such chips may have. In most cases you may have to write the configuration file
112 yourself or use the <c>xf86config</c>.
113 </p>
114
115 </body>
116 </section>
117 </chapter>
118
119 <chapter>
120 <title>Installation</title>
121 <section>
122 <title>Packages</title>
123 <body>
124
125 <p>
126 The <c>xfree</c> ebuild provides XFree86. <c>xfree-drm</c> provides the kernel
127 modules required by DRI and <c>ati-drivers</c> provides the ATI closed source X
128 drivers and kernel modules.
129 </p>
130
131 <impo>
132 Your kernel must have agpgart support and not have the DRM modules compiled in.
133 </impo>
134
135 <pre caption="Installing drivers">
136 <codenote>If you want just the Rage128 drivers and modules installed with xfree</codenote>
137 # <i>VIDEO_CARDS="rage128" emerge xfree-drm</i>
138 <codenote>To have just the Radeon support</codenote>
139 <codenote>(r100, r200, r250, but not r300 yet)</codenote>
140 # <i>VIDEO_CARDS="radeon" emerge xfree-drm</i>
141 <codenote>To install the ATI closed source drivers</codenote>
142 <codenote>(r200,r250 and r300 only)</codenote>
143 # <i>emerge ati-drivers</i>
144 <codenote>To install just XFree86 but not install</codenote>
145 <codenote>any kernel module</codenote>
146 # <i>emerge xfree</i>
147 </pre>
148
149 </body>
150 </section>
151 <section>
152 <title>Configuration</title>
153 <body>
154
155 <p>
156 It is suggested the use of <c>xf86cfg</c>, <c>xf86config</c> or directly by
157 using the XFree86 auto configuration option:
158 </p>
159
160 <pre caption="Autoconfiguring>X">
161 # <i>X -configure</i>
162 </pre>
163
164 <p>
165 For more information on how to get a basic <c>XF86Config</c> configuration file,
166 please refer to the <uri link="http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/desktop.xml">Gentoo
167 Desktop Documentation Resources</uri>.
168 </p>
169
170 <note>
171 Users of the ati-drivers can also use <c>fglrxconfig</c>.
172 </note>
173
174 <impo>
175 PPC users should use the <c>Xeasyconf</c> stand alone configurator by
176 emerging the <c>xeasyconf</c> ebuild.
177 </impo>
178
179 </body>
180 </section>
181 </chapter>
182 </guide>

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