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Bug#185207: XFree86 problems with 3dfx Voodoo3 on a Performa6400

On Tue, Mar 18, 2003 at 09:09:17PM +0100, S?ren Ils?e wrote:
> Thanks for the prompt response. I have already searched the archives (and
> also other sources using google and alltheweb) but I cannot find any useful
> config. files. Those I have tried does not work for me.
> However, since the tdfx driver is included in the Debian distribution I
> would expect it should be possible to use it, or?

Well, you *are* using it.  Just not successfully.  I only have a limited
amount of hardware at my disposal; if I disabled everything I didn't
have personal experience with, I'd have a lot of unhappy users.

If the consensus on the debian-powerpc mailing list is that the tdfx
driver doesn't work for anyone, period, then yes, I'll turn it off in
future builds.  But the upstream default is to build it for PowerPC, and
I don't second-guess upstream without reason.

> Do you know what to do if I would use the native graphics board on the
> Powermac 6400?

This question is probably better directed to the debian-powerpc mailing
list.  Keep in mind that you're not just limited to searching web
archives of the list for answers; you can subscribe to the list and ask
your own questions if you can't find any evidence that they've been
asked before.

I thought all of the OldWorld PowerMacs had onboard video via chips
called Chaos, Control, or Valkyrie (or embedded ATI chips).  As far as I
know those are all supported via the kernel's fbcon drivers, so you can
use the XFree86 fbdev driver with those, if nothing else.

> As far as I can read from the documentation I would need an
> external PCI graphics board (which the 3dfx Voodoo3 is).

Is it one made specifically for Macs, or is it a PC Voodoo3?

> Do you have any hints about where the problem could be?

Not really; the log wasn't very helpful, unfortunately.

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