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Re: 3d acceleartion

On Tue, 27 Dec 2005 15:27:04 -0500
jlquinn <jlquinn@optonline.net> wrote:

> Mark Grieveson wrote:
> > Hello. Is it possible for me to enable 3d acceleration with the hardware 
> > I have? Right now, there is absolutely no 3d acceleration. I feel that 
> > if it was present, even though my hardware is old, I at least would be 
> > able to play PlanetPenguin-Racer (aka TuxRacer).
> > 
> > I have a Pentium III, 450 MHz system, running Debian Sarge with a 
> > 2.6.8-2-386 kernel image, 384 MB ram. My VGA compatible controller is 
> > ATI Technologies Inc 3D Rage Pro AGP 1X/2X (rev 5c), which I believe is 
> > also known as Mach64, with 8 MB. So, is the name "3D Rage Pro" just a 
> > lie, to en*rage* me?
> > 

Either install the debian packages for xfree from dri.sf.net (check the
download section - three packages which include an xorg server which installs
over the xfree one and a package for kernel drivers) or install the xorg server
from unstable and then install the snapshots package from the same download
place. You will need the common and mach64 packages.

I used the first option originally which worked fine. I use the second one
currently for other reasons, with full scree 3d games I get some issues though
(acceleration is present but some triangles aren't being drawn for some reason,
didn't get around to find out the reason yet.

> You're not going to find what you're looking for by default.  Check out 
> the following page on the status of Mach64 support.
> http://dri.freedesktop.org/wiki/ATIMach64?action=highlight&value=CategoryHardware
> If you're savvy enough, you could build it and get 3d support. 
> Otherwise, you should pick up a newer video card that is already 
> supported.  Finding a supported 3d card shouldn't be very expensive. 
> There's plenty of older HW that will work out of the box such as older 
> radeons.
> Jerry Quinn
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