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#1 2005-01-27 12:14:42

Namlook
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HOWTO Configure this $+%#& ATI rage Mobility 9700?

Hi all !

I bought a wonderful laptop. all works great instead of WiFi and my ATI rage mobility 9700.
for the wifi issue, I have time but I need my ATI Card 'cause I now writing openGL application.

This is what I did :

-- pacman -S ati-drivers and pacman -S ati-drivers-module-kernel26
-- I Configured xorg (I lanched fglxconfig (or something like that) and I copy in my xorg.conf the change.
-- I added fglx in my rc.conf
-- No problem when launching X

BUT :

-- mplayer doesn't play in full screen any more
-- xine doesn't work any more
-- And I do not have acceleration (foobillard loaded but he's verrrry slow)
-- But I can write OpenGL application if they are not accelerated.

the problem is : I need xine or mplayer and I want to play game :-p

What can I do to configure this ATI card ?

Thanks for advance,
Namlook :-(

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#2 2005-01-28 19:34:19

jskier
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Re: HOWTO Configure this $+%#& ATI rage Mobility 9700?

Did you make sure fglrx is loaded (do lsmod)? I also found I had to actaully shutdown my system completely and start it up again to get the fglx module to load without error.

Also, this site works well for configuring laptops.
http://www.linux-laptop.net/


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#3 2005-02-11 16:38:48

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Re: HOWTO Configure this $+%#& ATI rage Mobility 9700?

Gents;

When I enter....pacman -S ati-drivers....;

I receive the message....not available in sync database....

Same for the other pacman entry in the original post.

Cannot get ati 8500LE to pass muster in 0.7archinstall.

Whazzup?


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#4 2005-02-11 19:54:15

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Re: HOWTO Configure this $+%#& ATI rage Mobility 9700?

Just add these 2 lines at the end of your /etc/pacman.conf:

[link]
Server = ftp://ftp.archlinux.org/tur/link

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#5 2005-02-11 22:29:06

iBertus
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Re: HOWTO Configure this $+%#& ATI rage Mobility 9700?

Not sure if it matters, but ATI doesn't list the Mobility 9700 as supported by the linux drivers package on their website. These drivers are new and were released in Jan. You have to either reboot your machine or do a depmod -a before you can modprobe the fglrx module.

Please post your glxinfo output and xorg.conf if possible. I had an 8500LE working on Arch a few weeks ago and no problems. Not sure if this is still the case, but you may have to recompile the kernel with agpgart as a module for direct rendering to work.

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#6 2005-02-12 03:23:26

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Re: HOWTO Configure this $+%#& ATI rage Mobility 9700?

Neither xorg or Xfre86 produces an X display on my system.

I entered into pacman.conf.:

     [Link]
   server = ftp;//ftp.archlinux.org/tur/link

I received an error stating ...have you performed --refresh yet?

I entered ...pacman -S.....then pacman -Sy....thenpacman -Syf Link

None of the entries allowed Link download from the ftp.

I am not able to copy the xorg config file.

I would appreciate a list of the statements in the graphics device section for a radeon R200 in the 8500LE model of ATI.  I have had success in the past with my present setup but it isn't working in 0.7 CD install.   I have no idea if any module is present in the kernel to support the 8500LE.  In my previous arch, derived from arch0.5 and upgraded through pacman, I obtained X and KDE without special attention.

I have downloaded xorg6.8.2 from testing and no help from it.  I may have to try a new xorgconfig.

I am in Knoppix with this post.

I probably won't know what to do with the Link even ifI get it!

I haven't had so much trouble with Linux as I have with the ATI display modules!!!


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#7 2005-02-12 03:44:15

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Re: HOWTO Configure this $+%#& ATI rage Mobility 9700?

First, I'd download these packages from link's tur:  ati-drivers-module-kernel26-8.8.25-1.pkg.tar.gz
ati-drivers-8.8.25-1.pkg.tar.gz

Install them in the order listed above with pacman -A. Then you should do a depmod -a. Now, logout and back in. Now, make sure that the kernel radeon module IS NOT loaded and modprobe fglrx. Run fglrxconfig to generate a file called XF86Config-4 and mv that file to xorg.conf. That file is pretty good except for the keyboard driver parts. You should change the keyboard driver from "keyboard" to "kbd" so that the display will initalize. You also may need to change the XkbdRules (I think this is the name of the entry) form "xfree86" to "xorg". Finally, start X and see what happens. If everything above was done correctly then glxinfo should report "direct rendering: yes". Otherwise, post any errors and I'll try and figure out what went wrong.

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#8 2005-02-12 16:19:40

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Re: HOWTO Configure this $+%#& ATI rage Mobility 9700?

As reported on my last post, I am unable to obtain downloads from /tur/link.


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#9 2005-02-12 16:30:51

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Re: HOWTO Configure this $+%#& ATI rage Mobility 9700?

If you can't download the packages from the ftp by clicking on my links above then I can mirror them for a few days and let you download from another location. Just let me know.

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#10 2005-02-12 17:23:42

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Re: HOWTO Configure this $+%#& ATI rage Mobility 9700?

iBertus;

Performed the following;

    pacman -S ati-drivers-module-kernel26-8.8.25-1.pkg.tar.gz
Result:  could not open database LINK....have you used --refresh yet?

then;

    pacman -Sy Link

Result:  warning; failed to get filesize for Link.db.tar.gz
warning: failed to get mtime for Link.db.tar.gz

Failed to synchronize Link:  have you used --refresh yet?

Perhaps I do not have the correct procedure or have to clean out my cache?

I am in knoppix again.


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#11 2005-02-12 23:41:22

iBertus
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Re: HOWTO Configure this $+%#& ATI rage Mobility 9700?

Did you try just doing a -Sy like this?

"# pacman -Sy ati-drivers-module-kernel26 ati-drivers"

The -Sy tells pacman to sync the datebase and get tha packages both at the same time. You shouldn't need the whole filename in the pacman statement. If you use my hyperlinks above (which you said didn't work?) you would hten need to use the -A option to pacman instead of -Sy.

" # cd /where/you/put/the/files"
"# pacman -A ati-drivers-module-kernel26-8.8.25.pkg.tar.gz"
"# pacman -A ati-drivers-8.8.25.pkg.tar.gz"

Also, I just noticed that above you have a semicolon in your pacman.conf entry for link. It should be ftp: not ftp;.

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#12 2005-02-13 00:36:23

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Re: HOWTO Configure this $+%#& ATI rage Mobility 9700?

Performed the procedure you outlined and received the identical warnings as before.

My semicolon was a typo in the post.  It is a colon in the pacman.conf file.  It would have rejected the entry if I had made the wrong character.

The hyperlinks you refer to: I have no recollection of them being referenced as hyperlinks.  I have been trying ...pacman...on all attempts and get normal responses from current, testing and extra.  Only the /tur/link requests are rejected, these being those referring to ati downloads.  I was able to download the latest xorg from testing and it is installed.

I seem not to be able to use ftp://ftp.archlinux.org/tur/link....

All other entries in pacman.conf refer to.....archlinux.org/current/os/i686 for example...which ID's the i686 and OS items.  Perhaps this is required in order that the ftp recognizes the request.


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#13 2005-02-13 03:11:35

iBertus
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Re: HOWTO Configure this $+%#& ATI rage Mobility 9700?

iBertus wrote:

First, I'd download these packages from link's tur:  ati-drivers-module-kernel26-8.8.25-1.pkg.tar.gz
ati-drivers-8.8.25-1.pkg.tar.gz

These are the hyperlinks I was talking about.

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#14 2005-02-13 03:40:35

lilsirecho
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Re: HOWTO Configure this $+%#& ATI rage Mobility 9700?

ibeRtus;

You have been kind to attempt to help this old man (79) with fine suggestions but they haven't provided a solution to my problem.

I have just finished reading the forum Documentation Discussion...ATI Radeon &Kernel2.6 -Updated.

This forum post has 208 replies, 14 pages and 29,564 views and its all about the ATI fglrx install.

I have generated an observation of this mayhem, which states that one must hand-make one's own kernel(no stock kernel will work with the "fix").  This observation is listed in the NOOBIE forum.

I do expect that the ATI fix will be necessary in the next pacman -Syu kernel download as well.

I am sending my ATI cards back to ATI in disgust.  Archlinux is from Canadians and ATI is from Canada!!!! Doesn't speak well for ATI.

I am trying everything that applies to kernel2.6.10 in archlinux0.7CD install and find no reference to that install with respect to ATI modules.

My best advice is to dump ATI and I am taking my own advice!!!!

Thanks much for your suggestions.

I did try your suggested hyperlinks and reported the same errors occured.

I am looking forward to a better video experience with a new video card!


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