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#1 OFFLINE   V.T. Eric Layton

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Posted 27 October 2010 - 12:27 PM

Well, I finally managed to get wireless going in Slackware, so I thought I'd do something to improve the 180FPS frame rate that I was getting on the display on that machine. What to do? Possibly install drivers from the manufacturer. Works with Nvidia, right? Well, ATI and Linux are a whole 'nother world compared to Nvidia and Linux, so this should be interesting (read as extremely frustrating). Oh boy! The search begins...Oh, here's an lshw output for my video hardware on the lappy:

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id: displaydescription: VGA compatible controllerproduct: RS690M [Radeon X1200 Series]vendor: ATI Technologies Incphysical id: 5bus info: pci@0000:01:05.0version: 00width: 64 bitsclock: 33MHzcapabilities: pm msi vga_controller bus_master cap_listconfiguration: latency = 64resources: memory : e0000000-efffffff(prefetchable)memory : fe9f0000-fe9fffffioport : ee00(size=256)memory : fea00000-feafffff


#2 OFFLINE   V.T. Eric Layton

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Posted 27 October 2010 - 01:01 PM

Don't look like it's going to be a happening thing...http://support.amd.c...mp;lang=EnglishNo drivers for newer Linux systems. That one there on that page requires XFree86 to be installed. Sheeesh! Talk about legacy. :(Oh well. I've been very surprised that AMD hasn't really developed their ATI brand and supported it better (as Nvidia does) for Linux folks. I'm kinda' disappointed in AMD for that. :thumbsup:

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Posted 27 October 2010 - 01:05 PM

Which driver do you have currently in use? [Open] "radeon"?

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Posted 27 October 2010 - 01:05 PM

Vesa-Framebuffer, I believe.

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Posted 27 October 2010 - 01:06 PM

Check this out Eric: http://wiki.cchtml.c...e...Build_(ENG)

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This wiki explains how to install the proprietary ATI drivers in a Slackware Linux distribution, creating, thanks to a SlackBuild, packages that can be installed through the installpkg command.

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Posted 27 October 2010 - 01:12 PM

Ooooh! That's very interesting, Josh. My first search was for a SlackBuild of the driver, but I didn't find anything. This link you posted has possibilities, though. Will check it out later tonight... Thanks! :thumbsup:

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Posted 27 October 2010 - 01:27 PM

View PostV.T. Eric Layton, on Oct 27 2010, 01:12 PM, said:

Ooooh! That's very interesting, Josh. My first search was for a SlackBuild of the driver, but I didn't find anything. This link you posted has possibilities, though. Will check it out later tonight... Thanks! :wacko:
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Posted 27 October 2010 - 01:36 PM

And, if that goes south, there is the open-sauce "radeon" driver. Not the bestest solution, but beats Vesa 6-0!

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Posted 27 October 2010 - 02:58 PM

"Bestest" has several definitions here.  If the monitor is running and you can read and do everything perfectly well, isn't Vesa 6-0 better than a Radeon driver you have to sweat blood to install?Ooops, there I go again - trying to apply logic to an inherently illogical situation!   :thumbsup:
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Posted 27 October 2010 - 03:16 PM

Installing the "radeon" driver – since it is open sauce and "default", really... funny that this one dafaults to VESA – requires no blood/sweat/tears. "Catalyst," on the other hand... :thumbsup:

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Posted 27 October 2010 - 04:15 PM

http://www.phoronix....i...sults&num=2This will give you some interesting and informative reading.  :yes:   An you could always go  :thumbsup:  here,http://www.phoronix......splay Drivers :wacko:
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Posted 27 October 2010 - 05:26 PM

There's always interesting stuff at Phoronix.And yes, I would (and have) give blood, sweat, and tears to improve graphics quality on my systems. Why have the hardware if you're not going to install the software to use it to its fullest potential. Ya' gotta' stop thinking like an MS Windows zombie, Paul. :wacko: Linux is all about more efficient utilization of... well, everything. :thumbsup:

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Posted 27 October 2010 - 06:14 PM

Well, the step-by-step in Josh's link above does NOT work in Slackware 13.1. The build creates an error. I read on LQ.org that the newest ATI drivers will not compile in Slack 13.1. *sigh* I knew this wasn't going to be easy.

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Posted 27 October 2010 - 07:38 PM

Well I tried  :thumbup: We will find something for ya Eric.
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Posted 27 October 2010 - 08:05 PM

Yup. No hurry. I enjoy the challenges. :)I'm off to watcht the World Series.Later...

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Posted 27 October 2010 - 09:20 PM

View PostV.T. Eric Layton, on Oct 27 2010, 05:26 PM, said:

And yes, I would (and have) give blood, sweat, and tears to improve graphics quality on my systems. Why have the hardware if you're not going to install the software to use it to its fullest potential. Ya' gotta' stop thinking like an MS Windows zombie, Paul. ;) Linux is all about more efficient utilization of... well, everything. :D
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Posted 27 October 2010 - 09:26 PM

Oh, no need for that ol' soapbox. I was just twisting your mustache ends, you know. I'm a firm believer in "the right way is the way that works best for you." We're all different and we all utilize computers for different reasons; which determines how we set them up and what we do with them. I like changing my desktop wallpaper and themes every two or three days. Most folks wouldn't bother. My brother, for example, has the same wallpaper on his Ubuntu set up that I installed for him two years ago. ;)Whatever you do, have FUN doing it! :)Later...

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Posted 27 October 2010 - 09:32 PM

View PostV.T. Eric Layton, on Oct 27 2010, 09:26 PM, said:

Whatever you do, have FUN doing it! :thumbup:
I've really been having a blast, Eric.  I can't believe how much I've missed playing with the computer.
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Posted 27 October 2010 - 09:43 PM

Yeah... I know what you mean. I really enjoyed my first initial days with Ubuntu back in '06. I had a lot of fun learning it and learning other Linux stuff. Even now, I still really (even though I complain about it :thumbup: ) enjoy a good Linux challenge. It's fun to find the solutions to the things you're attempting to do/resolve.Oh, and I'm sitting in my recliner in my bedroom watching the World Series while I type this on my laptop. Look ma, no wires! :D

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Posted 27 October 2010 - 09:57 PM

View PostV.T. Eric Layton, on Oct 27 2010, 09:43 PM, said:

Oh, and I'm sitting in my recliner in my bedroom watching the World Series while I type this on my laptop. Look ma, no wires! :thumbup:
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Posted 27 October 2010 - 10:00 PM

Yeah, buddy! That's what it was all about... getting the laptop going and all. Pssst... thanks again to you and Frank. :thumbup:

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Posted 27 October 2010 - 10:09 PM

View PostV.T. Eric Layton, on Oct 27 2010, 10:00 PM, said:

Yeah, buddy! That's what it was all about... getting the laptop going and all. Pssst... thanks again to you and Frank. ;)
Glad your enjoying it!!!  :thumbup: :D
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Posted 27 October 2010 - 10:54 PM

I've griped about ATI before so I feel your pain Eric.They stopped supporting cards like your's and mine in March of 2009.If they still supported our hardware then the directions given by the WIKI you tried probably would have worked.In Ubuntu the directions appear to work with no errors but the next boot reveals a broken X.The newest radeon drivers work great in Ubuntu and PCLinuxOS.Ubuntu has a PPA called xorg.edgers that supply the latest mesa drivers for Ubuntu.Maybe the slackware folks have something similar.BTW, your welcome.I know this is a linux forum but how is Win 7 on your new machine.

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Posted 27 October 2010 - 11:05 PM

Ughh, of course that lappy has to be one of the one's not supported anymore grrrrr, BTW Frank, how is the opensource implementation of driver? Does it work sufficient?I have not ever had an ati card myself so I do not have any experience with them.
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Posted 27 October 2010 - 11:08 PM

Win 7 seems to be pretty cool, Frank. However, I haven't really played  with it much. That's a project for this weekend,  I think. :)And yeah, now that you mention it... I remember your ATI Radeon  horror stories. :( And really... the graphics are probably fine and dandy on this laptop for what I'll be using it for. I don't intend to be playing games or anything like that. Mostly, it'll be just what I've done tonight...  sit in the recliner and surf. :thumbsdown:




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