Re: ATI Linux Driver Packages
On Sun, Jun 01, 2003 at 09:42:10PM -0500, Chris Cheney wrote:
> Are these drivers much better then than XFree ones or is there a reason
> to be promoting nonfree drivers?
I recently bought an entirely new machine with a Radeon 9500 Pro in it.
None of the XFree86 drivers in woody would run on it. (Please clue me
in if there is one.) So as a result I downloaded the ATI RPM and
alien'ed it into a Debian package. For the most part this worked fine
but it complained about libGL.so.1.2 which appears to be owned by
another package. (I am not sure which at the moment.) The new fglrx
driver appears when you run dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86.
You can run it this way if you do not use the Kernel framebuffer.
The install scripts in the ATI package provide a XFree86 setup script,
and this worked as well. Sadly none of the GL apps work well because the
system does not use OpenGL Direct Rendering. This is probably due to the
lack of a suitable DRI module in the kernel. As such I snagged the src
for said module and tried to compile it using kernel-headers-2.4.18-686
which appears to be the highest stable kernel available in Woody. My
attempt to compile this using the make.sh script in the package returned
an annoying "This Driver will not be compatible with the DRI in your
version of the kernel, please use 2.4.5 or higher." So I haven't had
much luck. Been at a loss until I saw this package discussion. I
tried to install the package but dpkg found that the version number is
the same as the one I alien'ed so it refused to install it. However
since I have the hardware and the time to help out, I would be happy to
use this machine as a test bed. Contact me personally, since it isn't
appropriate for the list. It would be really swell to actually play
Tuxracer for a change. ;-)
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