X.org 7.2 and Radeon question

Scott Bennett bennett at cs.niu.edu
Tue Jun 5 23:17:08 UTC 2007

     On Tue, 05 Jun 2007 07:20:05 +0200 Philipp Ost <pj at smo.de> wrote:
>Scott Bennett wrote:
>>      My Dell Inspiron XPS has a graphics card identified at boot time as
>> drm0: <ATI Radeon JN R420 Mobility M18> port 0xc000-0xc0ff mem 0xe0000000-0xefffffff,0xfcff0000-0xfcffffff irq 16 at device 0.0 on pci1
>> and by X.org 6.9.0 as
>> (--) PCI:*(1:0:0) ATI Technologies Inc M18 JN [Radeon Mobility 9800] rev 0, Mem @ 0xe0000000/28, 0xfcff0000/16, I/O @ 0xc000/8, BIOS @ 0x80000000/17
>> and
>> (--) Chipset ATI Radeon Mobility 9800 (M18) JN (AGP) found
>> Thus far (up through 6.9.0) only 2-D acceleration has been available.  Can 
>> anyone tell me whether 3-D acceleration is supported for this card under
>> X.org 7.2?  
> From 'man radeon':
>  R350        Radeon 9800PRO/9800SE/9800, FireGL X2 (2D only)
>  [...]
>  R420        Radeon X800 AGP (2d only)
>It's the same situation as with X.org 6.9.

     Sigh.  Okay.  Thanks for the information and for the quick response.
I guess then there's no strong incentive for me to move to X.org 7.2 until 
6.3-RELEASE happens.

>Perhaps you can get the new fglrx-driver which ATi released recently to 
>run on your system ;-)
     Thank you for that heads up.  The last time I had checked (about two
or three weeks ago, I think) that one wasn't yet on their web site.  I had
the previous one and had tried it on X.org 6.8.something-or-other, but that
was under 5.4-RELEASE, which didn't make a /dev/dri/card0 device file at
boot time, so the 3-D acceleration ended up disabled anyway.  I'll give the
new one a shot under 6.2-STABLE with X.org 6.9.0 and see what happens.

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