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Re: fglrx-driver 8.43.2-1 doesnt detect FireGL5200 on Thinkpad Z61p

On 12/3/07, Bruno Voigt <Bruno.Voigt@ic3s.de> wrote:
> robin putters wrote:
> > On 12/3/07, Bruno Voigt <Bruno.Voigt@ic3s.de> wrote:
> >
> >> the newer fglrx-driver 8.43.2-1 doesn't anymore detect my
> >> Thinkpad Z61p FireGL5200 graphics.
> >>
> >> The last working version was 8.40.4-2,
> >> which unfortunately doesn't work with linux kernel 2.6.23.x ..
> >>
> >> FireGL cards are still not supported with 8.43 . (See the Catalyst
> >> 7.11 release notes).
> >> Try the RadeonHD drivers (if 3D is not that important for you), or
> >> check phoronix.com/forums , there is a trick (binary patch afaik)
> >> which lets you use the FireGL cards with 8.43
> Currently I'm using the VESA driver which fortunately supports the
> 1920x1200 res,
> but wondering why they drop support for some chips with a newer release.
> Would there be currently advantage using the radeonhd driver instead of
> I'm not using any 3D stuff..?

Not yet, but work has started on 2D acceleration, and the driver is
developing rapidly. In a couple of months(weeks?) time, you will have
much better driver than vesa ever was, and probably better in 2D than
fglrx. And you will be doing the radeonhd driver developers a huge
favor by testing these drivers.
Go ahead:
# apt-get install xserver-xorg-video-radeonhd

I don't think ATI dropped support for the FireGL cards, but they
release only uber-stable drivers for their FireGL (==high workstation
cards) range. The fglrx driver is not in its best form currently (they
recently merged a complete new OpenGL backend).


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