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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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