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Tman11
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 2013 5:01 am    Post subject: [SOLVED] questions on Fglrx Reply with quote

I want to set up my gentoo to recognize fglrx and install the ati drivers, having them recognized. I have followed the instructions here (http://wiki.gentoo.org/wiki/Fglrx), but i can't think that im just doing something wrong each time i try. Here's my progress so far or to just tell you how i do the install and please correct me if im doing something wrong.

1) I know im using a newer model video card so no need for the legacy work.
Code:
lspci | grep -i VGA
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI Redwood XT [Radeon HD 5670]


2) I change my kernel settings to what is given
Code:
Loadable module support --->
    [*] Enable loadable module support
Processor type and features  --->
    [*] MTRR (Memory Type Range Register) support
Bus options (PCI etc.)  --->
    [*] PCI Express support
    [*] Message Signaled Interrupts (MSI and MSI-X)
Device Drivers  --->
    Graphics support  --->
        < > Direct Rendering Manager (XFree86 4.1.0 and higher DRI support) --->


3) I changed the video card in the make.conf to be the following
Code:
VIDEO_CARD="fglrx"


4) Did the following
Code:
emerge --ask x11-drivers/ati-drivers
emerge --autounmask x11-drivers/ati-drivers
dispatch-conf
emerge  x11-drivers/ati-drivers


5) Also to make sure did the following for any new builds
Code:
emerge --ask --changed-use --deep @world


6)
Code:
aticonfig --initial
bash: aticonfig: command not found


7) which is stated in the URL I can not find
Quote:
cp xorg.conf.new /etc/X11/xorg.conf


8) But I am able to set my opengl option to ati from xorg

I added my user to video as it stated and restarted... Heres where the problem begins

When I reboot my pc and log into the gentoo OS the text is really large the entire way through the loading process and then goes to a black screen. I ctrl+alt+f4 to try and start xdm and nothing. anyone have clues to what im doing wrong please help out. I wish to get my ATI drivers working and configured


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 2013 3:07 pm    Post subject: Re: questions on Fglrx Reply with quote

Tman11 wrote:
When I reboot my pc and log into the gentoo OS the text is really large the entire way through the loading process

This is normal. You sacrifice the framebuffer console and get an 80×25 VGA text mode instead when using any blob driver.

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and then goes to a black screen. I ctrl+alt+f4 to try and start xdm and nothing. anyone have clues to what im doing wrong please help out. I wish to get my ATI drivers working and configured

Have you checked for Xorg.log/dmesg errors?
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 2013 3:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tman11,

Since
Code:
aticonfig --initial
bash: aticonfig: command not found
failed, Xorg is not loading the fglrx driver.
It only searches for open source drivers.

You will need to write a stub xorg.conf by hand.

Code:
Section "Device"
        Identifier "ATI Binary Blob"
        Driver "fglrx"
EndSection
should get you started. It goes into /etc/X11/xorg.conf
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Tman11
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 2013 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thank you both very much i'll look into it now and get back with some results

Code:
Section "Device"
        Identifier "ATI Binary Blob"
        Driver "fglrx"
EndSection


did the job thank you so much :) just need to now work on a screen section :D one step at a time. THANKS!
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 08, 2013 3:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I prefer to work in a bottom up approach (basic startx, fvwm, xterm, etc.) when resolving problems like you're having, instead of top down by throwing in a display manager, like xdm, in the mix. Get the basics working, then test adding on your layers of complexity and you'll be guessing less.

Tman11 wrote:
When I reboot my pc and log into the gentoo OS the text is really large the entire way through the loading process

You're in a basic 640x480 resolution with 8bit color palette @ 59/60Hz VGA mode for historic compatibility reasons (same thing many OSs do, such as Windows).

You can still get console framebuffer kernel support at higher VGA/VESA supported resolutions on what is supported from your card's BIOS through a little more work.

Check out the kernel Documentation/fb/, particularly vesa or uvesa (with v86d helper) portions.
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