amd64 or i386 for desktop use?

Roland Smith rsmith at
Wed Mar 5 19:32:40 UTC 2008

On Wed, Mar 05, 2008 at 06:29:51PM +0100, alive wrote:
> > Any ATI card up to and including the 9250 (rv280) is fully supported on
> > amd64, 3D and all. (I know because I've got one :-)

> Oh, is that so? Could you please tell me how you got it to work? Because
> I've got GREAT issues getting *ANY* ATI card to work with at least
> Composite on FreeBSD and/or Linux. And I've even got i386. Or has something
> happened since I last cried myself to sleep over this driverless hell?

- Add the device radeondrm to you kernel config and recompile, or load
  the radeon.ko kernel module.
- Install the xf86-video-ati driver (this is xorg 7.3!)
- Load the right modules in xorg.conf;
Section "Module"
        Load    "dri"
        Load    "glx"
        Load    "dbe"
        Load    "extmod"
        Load    "freetype"
        Load    "type1"
- Use the radeon driver in xorg.conf:
Section "Device"
        Identifier      "Card0"
        Driver          "radeon"
#        Option          "AGPMode"               "8"
#        Option          "DDCMode"               "true"

That's about it, I think.

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