Radeon DRI for FireGL T2

Alex Deucher alexdeucher at gmail.com
Tue Aug 31 06:34:58 PDT 2004

On Tue, 31 Aug 2004 11:17:25 +0100, Hamie <hamish at travellingkiwi.com> wrote:
> This may be a FAQ already... But owning an IBM Thinkpad r50p with a
> FireGL-T2 and 128MB plus  1600x1200 LCD, I'm very interested in getting
> the max performance out of my graphics. But not willing to put up with
> the very bad limitations of the fglrx drivers (i.e. not being able to
> switch to text mode - ALT_CTRL-Fx or suspend). Plus I don't perticularly
> like tainting the kernel...
> But with the XOrg drivers (X Window System Version (6.8.0 RC
> 2)) I only get 300 fps in glxgears at 16bpp vs about 2000-3000fps with
> the fglrx drivers because the XOrg ones don't do DRI 3D for the 'newer'
> chipsets...
> Question is, whats the status of support for the 3D acceleration of the
> FireGL-T2... Will it be never? Will it be when some bright spark decodes
> what the closed-source drivers do? Are the docs available, and it's just
> a question of someone finding the time? Or are ATI being their usual
> 'it's a secret & the world will fall apart if someone else knows how to
> program the chipset'?
> Is there any way I could help? (I haven't done a lot with the X servers
> since the early 90's, but I could get involved again if it would help).

Right now the xorg drivers only have 2D support for r300/r400
chipsets.  The only databooks available for r300 are for 2D.  At one
point Vladimir did some work to figure out the r300 3D core.  If you
are interested in r300 support you may want to help him:


> Hamish Marson.

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