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  • #46
    A quick question:
    Is it possible to use this driver with a 9250 AGP card?
    (tried it on Hardy, didn't work)

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    • #47
      A quick question:
      Is it possible to use this driver with a 9250 AGP card?
      (tried it on Hardy, didn't work)
      The release notes don't say anything about 9200, so I guess it isn't supported.
      However, your card is afaik well supported by the open source radeon driver, sou you may want to check that one out.

      Thanks, I was able to build the package last night etc, but was actually wondering if libatiadlxx.so actually belonged in /usr/X11R6/lib. I was also getting some "signal 11" errors in my Xorg.0.log file, and I was wondering if maybe these were because the driver had failed to find and load libatiadlxx.so.
      I don't think it's linked with that. Not even the fglrx devs do such mistakes and crash just because they couldn't find the shared object without even telling that in any log.
      And from what I got from google, the failing call vm86 shouldn't be used in portable applications, i.e. it's very unlikely that the driver itself called it.

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      • #48
        Related to my compiling problem:

        fglrx needs the old init_mm symbol, but it was marked as "unused symbol" in 2.6.25. With this release, setting CONFIG_UNUSED_SYMBOLS to "y" should work, but.....there is a possibility to export it on a 2.6.26-rcX system?

        Thanks

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        • #49
          Does not load DRM module here either!!!

          Kernel 2.6.25.4-23 openSuSE 11 beta3 64bit

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          • #50
            Oh my God!

            GCC is not installed by default at KDE4 Live cd of SUSE 11!!

            I ll try again now!

            EDIT: Oh no! Not even 'make' was there!!
            Last edited by djdoo; 05-22-2008, 10:01 AM.

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            • #51
              Originally posted by daniell View Post
              This is what I get when I'm trying to compile the kernel module:

              [..]
              /lib/modules/fglrx/build_mod/2.6.x/firegl_public.c:2126: error: implicit declaration of function 'pci_find_slot'
              [..]
              This is linux kernel version 2.6.25.4, and a Debian sid system.
              rebuild your kernel with CONFIG_PCI_LEGACY=y

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              • #52
                DKMS, for the record

                "There are several fixes and a few general improvements with Catalyst 8.5, but one of the new features is support for DKMS in AMD's graphical installer. A few months ago, the Ubuntu packaging scripts for the fglrx driver had added DKMS, or Dynamic Kernel Module Support."

                For the record, Mandriva has been handling fglrx (and all other modules shipped outside the kernel package) with DKMS since September 2003; nearly five years now.

                This new driver version should be in Cooker and /backports for 2008 Spring fairly soon, I expect.

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                • #53
                  Fine, but even I found serveral errors in dkms as soon as I began to use it Maybe all errors are in the Ubuntu part *g*

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                  • #54
                    Originally posted by Kano View Post
                    Fine, but even I found serveral errors in dkms as soon as I began to use it Maybe all errors are in the Ubuntu part *g*
                    As far as I know the implementations are different. The one in Mandriva works pretty well (it should do, we've had five years to work on it :>).

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                    • #55
                      Originally posted by AdamW View Post
                      "There are several fixes and a few general improvements with Catalyst 8.5, but one of the new features is support for DKMS in AMD's graphical installer. A few months ago, the Ubuntu packaging scripts for the fglrx driver had added DKMS, or Dynamic Kernel Module Support."

                      For the record, Mandriva has been handling fglrx (and all other modules shipped outside the kernel package) with DKMS since September 2003; nearly five years now.

                      This new driver version should be in Cooker and /backports for 2008 Spring fairly soon, I expect.
                      Just to clarify, that statement was made in regards to the DKMS support for Ubuntu through running the driver's downloadable package with the --buildpkg Ubuntu argument.
                      Michael Larabel
                      http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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                      • #56
                        Originally posted by Michael View Post
                        Just to clarify, that statement was made in regards to the DKMS support for Ubuntu through running the driver's downloadable package with the --buildpkg Ubuntu argument.
                        Ah, I see - thanks Michael!

                        Actually, I *think* that also has been the case for Mandriva for a while. Though I'm not 100% sure, don't quote me on that one...

                        Anyway, DKMS is a neat system when it works, so this should be a nice advance for Ubuntu users. Does Ubuntu have an easy way to ensure you have the necessary kernel headers for compilation installed?

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                        • #57
                          What do you trigger on remove of a kernel? On U this is triggered:

                          dkms uninstall -m $name -v $vers -k $inst_kern -a $arch

                          But uninstall does not really clean up the binary - which is useless. But when you would trigger remove and it is the last instance then you remove the source too. Basically an option would be needed to keep source when you use remove.

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                          • #58
                            Okay, I finally benchmarked my graphics card (ATI X1600 PRO 512 MB) under Linux and Windows with Nexuiz (tdemo demos/demo1.dem) on 1280x1024 with "High" effects:

                            Windows: 1910 Frames in 103.4 seconds, 18.5 fps. one second FPS min/avg/max: 7 21 54
                            Linux: 1910 Frames in 63.6 seconds, 22.8 fps. one second FPS min/avg/max: 10 25 41

                            This is really incredible, now I can finally say that my Linux box is faster than Windows
                            However, you see the max. FPS on linux were 14 lower than these on Windows, so there definitely is some room for improvements ;-)
                            Never though that I'd ever say that, but fglrx rules

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                            • #59
                              Does anybody know how to install this on Sid with a 2.6.25 kernel? I tried to add some patches to, you see, this specific file, but that didn't work either.

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                              • #60
                                On 64 bit you need to compile the kernel with patch.

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