3D and 64bit

Adam K Kirchhoff adamk at voicenet.com
Mon Jun 1 20:27:44 UTC 2009

On Mon, 1 Jun 2009 15:03:31 -0500
"Zane C.B." <v.velox at vvelox.net> wrote:

> I've sort of started getting annoyed with the lack of 3D for 64bit
> from NVidia, even though all their required stuff is now in place,
> minus one thing that was stated as a preference and not mandatory,
> IIRC. The RadeonHD from the documentation appears to be lacking 3D.
> So any one know of something that has good 3D and 64bit drivers?

All r100 through r500 radeon GPUs from ATI support 3D acceleration on
FreeBSD/amd64 via the Mesa 'radeon' driver.  All those cards have 2D
acceleration with the 'radeon' Xorg DDX (though r500 and higher GPUs
also have 2D acceleration with the 'radeonhd' Xorg DDX).

This includes the radeon 7200 (first generation radeon) though the
radeon x1950, and most of the IGP GPUs.

3D acceleration is enough to run compiz and many opengl games in ports,
but nothing too heavy duty.  

The linux_dri port does not support r500 GPUs on amd64 or i386, nor
does it actually work properly on amd64 (forcing linux apps to revert
to accelerated indirect rendering).  This limitation to the linux_dri
port on amd64 holds true for all video cards supported by linux_dri.
So if you need direct rendering on amd64 for linux apps, you are out of
luck, no matter what video card you currently have.


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