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Re: [suse-xfree86] Radeon + Xfree86 hell
  • From: Geoffrey <esoteric@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 4 Mar 2004 11:00:50 +0000 (UTC)
  • Message-id: <40470CED.3000300@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
R.U. Deranged wrote:
One of my SuSE 9.0 boxes has a "Powered By ATI" card (Sapphire
Atlantis Radeon 9000 Pro, 64MB DDR RAM).

I recently picked up an ATI boxed Radeon 9000/64mb, seems we have similar cards.

I got my hopes up when ATI released a new version of their Radeon
driver for Linux yesterday but after wrestling with it to get
dual-head for 45 minutes I still can't get any further than before,
which is: machine enters run level 5, X tries to start, both screens
go black for a second, then the X server dies and complains, "Fatal
server error: no screens found". ATI's "documentation" is vague, but
seems to allude to needing 2 instances of X running in order for
dual-head mode to work.

The one thing I noticed was that when using the ATI tool to build the config file, it did not reference both bus ids. Before I purchased this card, I had a Radeon VE which worked with dual head and the config had references to two bus ids. I wonder if their config tool is broken. I attempted to modify the config file by hand to mimic the working one I had for my Radeon VE, but no luck. I've not revisited this of late, but might give it another try noting that you said AT( has released an new driver.

I also tried the Gatos drivers but no luck with them either.

I don't believe it's necessary to have two servers unless you're planning on running two different instances on each monitor. My attempts are to have a single screen that spans both monitors, is this what you're trying to do, or do you want two separate distinct desktops?

Does anyone have an 8500 or later series Radeon working in dual-head
mode with 3D? If so, please let me in on your secret, send me your Xfree86Config file, or at least point me to some hard info on the subject. What little info I found on ATI's website is useless. I've
also tried SuSE's support database, but the information I found there
was badly outdated (i.e., dual-head mode requires 2 cards...).

Thanks in advance, The deranged one

If anyone does have a working solution, please post to the list.

Until later, Geoffrey                     Registered Linux User #108567
Building secure systems inspite of Microsoft

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