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bart

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Ati Radeon 9800 issues
« on: May 29, 2007, 12:45:59 am »
I somehow managed to get LinuxMCE 1.1 beta running on Kubuntu 7.04 Feisty. But there are performance issues and the installation didn't go without problems. (During installation LinuxMCE decided to change the network settings to 192.168.0.1 even though I specified a static IP address and told it not to become my DHCP server.)

This is my hardware setup:

P4 2.8Ghz
Ati Radeon 9800
 + flatpanel on CRT
 + PAL television on SVIDEO
Hauppauge PVR 250
 + remote

At the moment I can't seem to get my Radeon 9800 to work properly. Before installing Linux MCE I got the fglrx drivers running under Kubuntu with a dual head setup. (But without proper hardware acceleration.) But the fglrx drivers don't seem to work well with LinuxMCE. I was able to get it running with the drivers that LinuxMCE configured for me automatically. (Is that the default Ati driver??) But performance is unacceptably bad.

Can anyone share how to set up LinuxMCE with an Ati radeon (or similar) card properly?

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Re: Ati Radeon 9800 issues
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2007, 04:22:32 am »
I somehow managed to get LinuxMCE 1.1 beta running on Kubuntu 7.04 Feisty. But there are performance issues and the installation didn't go without problems. (During installation LinuxMCE decided to change the network settings to 192.168.0.1 even though I specified a static IP address and told it not to become my DHCP server.)

This is my hardware setup:

P4 2.8Ghz
Ati Radeon 9800
 + flatpanel on CRT
 + PAL television on SVIDEO
Hauppauge PVR 250
 + remote

At the moment I can't seem to get my Radeon 9800 to work properly. Before installing Linux MCE I got the fglrx drivers running under Kubuntu with a dual head setup. (But without proper hardware acceleration.) But the fglrx drivers don't seem to work well with LinuxMCE. I was able to get it running with the drivers that LinuxMCE configured for me automatically. (Is that the default Ati driver??) But performance is unacceptably bad.

Can anyone share how to set up LinuxMCE with an Ati radeon (or similar) card properly?

Here is my xorg.conf for box with ATI Radeon 9800 Pro. Maybe it might help out a bitif you take out the parts needed from it. You might probably need to change screen/monitor settings if it works to fit your sync and resolution. I am using the open drivers for my ATI card. Also, this config is to have the card use direct rendering. And it isn't used for a LMCE box but a desktop with Beryl, thus the use of direct rendering (which makes some 2d not so tough):

Section "Module"
    Load        "dbe"     # Double buffer extension
    SubSection  "extmod"
      Option    "omit xfree86-dga"   # don't initialise the DGA extension
    EndSubSection
 
    Load       "freetype"
    Load       "dri"
    Load       "glx"

#   Load       "drm"
EndSection
 
Section "Files"
 
# The location of the RGB database.  Note, this is the name of the
# file minus the extension (like ".txt" or ".db").  There is normally
# no need to change the default.
 
#    RgbPath   "/usr/share/X11/rgb"
 
# Multiple FontPath entries are allowed (which are concatenated together),
# as well as specifying multiple comma-separated entries in one FontPath
# command (or a combination of both methods)
#
#
 
    FontPath   "/usr/share/fonts/misc/"
#    FontPath   "/usr/share/fonts/TTF/"
#    FontPath   "/usr/share/fonts/OTF"
#    FontPath   "/usr/share/fonts/Type1/"
#    FontPath   "/usr/share/fonts/CID/"
    FontPath   "/usr/share/fonts/100dpi/"
    FontPath   "/usr/share/fonts/75dpi/"
#    FontPath   "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/local/"
#    FontPath   "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/misc/"
#    FontPath   "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi/:unscaled"
#    FontPath   "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi/:unscaled"
#    FontPath   "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/Speedo/"
#    FontPath   "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/Type1/"
#    FontPath   "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/TrueType/"
#    FontPath   "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/freefont/"
#    FontPath   "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi/"
#    FontPath   "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi/"
 
# The module search path.  The default path is shown here.
 
#    ModulePath "/usr/lib/modules"
 
EndSection
 
# **********************************************************************
# Server flags section.
# **********************************************************************
 
Section "ServerFlags"
 
# Uncomment this to cause a core dump at the spot where a signal is
# received.  This may leave the console in an unusable state, but may
# provide a better stack trace in the core dump to aid in debugging
 
#    Option "NoTrapSignals"
 
# Uncomment this to disable the <Ctrl><Alt><Fn> VT switch sequence
# (where n is 1 through 12).  This allows clients to receive these key
# events.
 
#    Option "DontVTSwitch"
 
# Uncomment this to disable the <Ctrl><Alt><BS> server abort sequence
# This allows clients to receive this key event.
 
#    Option "DontZap"
 
# Uncomment this to disable the <Ctrl><Alt><KP_+>/<KP_-> mode switching
# sequences.  This allows clients to receive these key events.
 
#    Option "Dont Zoom"
 
# Uncomment this to disable tuning with the xvidtune client. With
# it the client can still run and fetch card and monitor attributes,
# but it will not be allowed to change them. If it tries it will
# receive a protocol error.
 
#    Option "DisableVidModeExtension"
 
# Uncomment this to enable the use of a non-local xvidtune client.
 
#    Option "AllowNonLocalXvidtune"
 
# Uncomment this to disable dynamically modifying the input device
# (mouse and keyboard) settings.
 
#    Option "DisableModInDev"
 
# Uncomment this to enable the use of a non-local client to
# change the keyboard or mouse settings (currently only xset).
 
#    Option "AllowNonLocalModInDev"
 
EndSection
 
# **********************************************************************
# Input devices
# **********************************************************************
 
# **********************************************************************
# Core keyboard's InputDevice section
# **********************************************************************
 
Section "InputDevice"
 
    Identifier   "Keyboard1"
    Driver   "kbd"
 
# For most OSs the protocol can be omitted (it defaults to "Standard").
# When using XQUEUE (only for SVR3 and SVR4, but not Solaris),
# uncomment the following line.
 
#    Option     "Protocol"      "Xqueue"
 
    Option "AutoRepeat" "500 30"
 
# Specify which keyboard LEDs can be user-controlled (eg, with xset(1))
#    Option   "Xleds"      "1 2 3"
 
#    Option "LeftAlt"     "Meta"
#    Option "RightAlt"    "ModeShift"
 
# To customise the XKB settings to suit your keyboard, modify the
# lines below (which are the defaults).  For example, for a non-U.S.
# keyboard, you will probably want to use:
#    Option "XkbModel"    "pc105"
# If you have a US Microsoft Natural keyboard, you can use:
#    Option "XkbModel"    "microsoft"
#
# Then to change the language, change the Layout setting.
# For example, a german layout can be obtained with:
#    Option "XkbLayout"   "de"
# or:
#    Option "XkbLayout"   "de"
#    Option "XkbVariant"  "nodeadkeys"
#
# If you'd like to switch the positions of your capslock and
# control keys, use:
#    Option "XkbOptions"  "ctrl:swapcaps"
 
# These are the default XKB settings for Xorg
#    Option "XkbRules"    "xorg"
#    Option "XkbModel"    "pc105"
#    Option "XkbLayout"   "us"
#    Option "XkbVariant"  ""
#    Option "XkbOptions"  ""
 
#    Option "XkbDisable"
 
    Option "XkbRules"   "xorg"
    Option "XkbModel"   "pc104"
    Option "XkbLayout"   "us"
 
EndSection
 
 
# **********************************************************************
# Core Pointer's InputDevice section
# **********************************************************************
 
Section "InputDevice"
 
# Identifier and driver
 
    Identifier   "Mouse1"
    Driver   "mouse"
    Option "Protocol"    "Auto"   # Auto detect
    Option "Device"      "/dev/input/mice"
 
# When using XQUEUE, comment out the above two lines, and uncomment
# the following line.
 
#    Option "Protocol"   "Xqueue"
 
# Mouse-speed setting for PS/2 mouse.
 
#    Option "Resolution"   "256"
 
# Baudrate and SampleRate are only for some Logitech mice. In
# almost every case these lines should be omitted.
 
#    Option "BaudRate"   "9600"
#    Option "SampleRate"   "150"
 
# Mouse wheel mapping.  Default is to map vertical wheel to buttons 4 & 5,
# horizontal wheel to buttons 6 & 7.   Change if your mouse has more than
# 3 buttons and you need to map the wheel to different button ids to avoid
# conflicts.
 
    Option "ZAxisMapping"   "4 5 6 7"
 
# Emulate3Buttons is an option for 2-button mice
# Emulate3Timeout is the timeout in milliseconds (default is 50ms)
 
#    Option "Emulate3Buttons"
#    Option "Emulate3Timeout"    "50"
 
# ChordMiddle is an option for some 3-button Logitech mice
 
#    Option "ChordMiddle"
 
EndSection
 
 
# **********************************************************************
# Other input device sections
# this is optional and is required only if you
# are using extended input devices.  This is for example only.  Refer
# to the xorg.conf man page for a description of the options.
# **********************************************************************
#
# Section "InputDevice"
#    Identifier  "Mouse2"
#    Driver      "mouse"
#    Option      "Protocol"      "MouseMan"
#    Option      "Device"        "/dev/mouse2"
# EndSection
#
# Section "InputDevice"
#    Identifier "spaceball"
#    Driver     "magellan"
#    Option     "Device"        "/dev/cua0"
# EndSection
#
# Section "InputDevice"
#    Identifier "spaceball2"
#    Driver     "spaceorb"
#    Option     "Device"        "/dev/cua0"
# EndSection
#
# Section "InputDevice"
#    Identifier "touchscreen0"
#    Driver     "microtouch"
#    Option     "Device"        "/dev/ttyS0"
#    Option     "MinX"          "1412"
#    Option     "MaxX"          "15184"
#    Option     "MinY"          "15372"
#    Option     "MaxY"          "1230"
#    Option     "ScreenNumber"  "0"
#    Option     "ReportingMode" "Scaled"
#    Option     "ButtonNumber"  "1"
#    Option     "SendCoreEvents"
# EndSection
#
# Section "InputDevice"
#    Identifier "touchscreen1"
#    Driver     "elo2300"
#    Option     "Device"        "/dev/ttyS0"
#    Option     "MinX"          "231"
#    Option     "MaxX"          "3868"
#    Option     "MinY"          "3858"
#    Option     "MaxY"          "272"
#    Option     "ScreenNumber"  "0"
#    Option     "ReportingMode" "Scaled"
#    Option     "ButtonThreshold"       "17"
#    Option     "ButtonNumber"  "1"
#    Option     "SendCoreEvents"
# EndSection
 
# **********************************************************************
# Monitor section
# **********************************************************************
 
# Any number of monitor sections may be present
 
Section "Monitor"
 
    Identifier  "My Monitor"
   Option "DPMS"
   HorizSync 30.0-81.0
   VertRefresh 56-75
   Modeline "1280x1024_60.00" 108.88 1280 1360 1496 1712 1024 1025 1028 1060 -HSync +Vsync
EndSection
 
Section "Device"
    Identifier  "** ATI Radeon (generic)               [radeon]"
    Driver      "radeon"
    BusID       "PCI:1:0:0"
    Option      "AGPMode" "8"   # Changed from 4
    Option      "AGPSize" "64"
#   Option      "AGPFastWrite" "on" # Cause X to freeze!
    Option      "AccelMethod" "XAA"
#    Option      "AccelMethod" "EXA"   # Replaced with the above
    Option   "ColorTiling" "on"
    Option      "DynamicClocks" "on"
    Option      "RenderAccel" "true"
    Option      "TripleBuffer" "true"
    Option      "DRI" "true"
    Option      "EnablePageFlip" "true"    #was commented
    Option      "EnableDepthMoves" "true"
    Option      "XAANoOffscreenPixmaps" "1"
    Option      "BusType" "PCI"   # !!Very Important for direct rendering!
#   Option      "GARTSize" "128"

#    VideoRam     131072
    # Insert Clocks lines here if appropriate

EndSection
 
 
# **********************************************************************
# Screen sections
# **********************************************************************
 
# Any number of screen sections may be present.  Each describes
# the configuration of a single screen.  A single specific screen section
# may be specified from the X server command line with the "-screen"
# option.
Section "Screen"
    Identifier  "Screen 1"
    Device      "** ATI Radeon (generic)               [radeon]"
    Monitor     "My Monitor"
    DefaultDepth 32
 
    DefaultDepth 24
   SubSection "Display"
   Depth 1
   Modes "1280x1024" "1152x864" "1024x768" "832x624" "800x600" "720x400" "640x480"
   EndSubSection
   SubSection "Display"
   Depth 4
   Modes "1280x1024" "1152x864" "1024x768" "832x624" "800x600" "720x400" "640x480"
   EndSubSection
   SubSection "Display"
   Depth 8
   Modes "1280x1024" "1152x864" "1024x768" "832x624" "800x600" "720x400" "640x480"
   EndSubSection
   SubSection "Display"
   Depth 15
   Modes "1280x1024" "1152x864" "1024x768" "832x624" "800x600" "720x400" "640x480"
   EndSubSection
   SubSection "Display"
   Depth 16
   Modes "1280x1024" "1152x864" "1024x768" "832x624" "800x600" "720x400" "640x480"
   EndSubSection
   SubSection "Display"
   Depth 24
   Modes "1280x1024" "1152x864" "1024x768" "832x624" "800x600" "720x400" "640x480"
   EndSubSection
EndSection
 
# **********************************************************************
# ServerLayout sections.
# **********************************************************************
 
# Any number of ServerLayout sections may be present.  Each describes
# the way multiple screens are organised.  A specific ServerLayout
# section may be specified from the X server command line with the
# "-layout" option.  In the absence of this, the first section is used.
# When now ServerLayout section is present, the first Screen section
# is used alone.
 
Section "ServerLayout"
 
# The Identifier line must be present
    Identifier  "Default Layout"
 
# Each Screen line specifies a Screen section name, and optionally
# the relative position of other screens.  The four names after
# primary screen name are the screens to the top, bottom, left and right
# of the primary screen.  In this example, screen 2 is located to the
# right of screen 1.
 
    Screen "Screen 1"
 
# Each InputDevice line specifies an InputDevice section name and
# optionally some options to specify the way the device is to be
# used.  Those options include "CorePointer", "CoreKeyboard" and
# "SendCoreEvents".
 
    InputDevice "Mouse1" "CorePointer"
    InputDevice "Keyboard1" "CoreKeyboard"
    Option "AIGLX" "true"
EndSection
 
Section "DRI"
    Mode 0666
EndSection
 
Section "Extensions"
   Option "Composite" "Enable"
   Option "RENDER"
EndSection
« Last Edit: May 29, 2007, 04:26:00 am by Cryoniq »

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Re: Ati Radeon 9800 issues
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2007, 01:28:07 pm »

Thanx, man... It is very much appreciated...

I, However, got so sick and tired of that Ati card (have had too much time consuming issues before) that I went and bought me a Nvidia card...

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Re: Ati Radeon 9800 issues
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2007, 02:09:02 pm »

Thanx, man... It is very much appreciated...

I, However, got so sick and tired of that Ati card (have had too much time consuming issues before) that I went and bought me a Nvidia card...


I can totaly understand that. In fact, my next card will be Nvidia. But I have to say that this ATI 9800 Pro served me well. It is a very good card, even if the support of drivers aren't good..  Hopefully ATI will sober up and start hang on to Linux a lot better.