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Subject: [aclug-L] Re: OpenGL, 3D Graphics, & Linux
From: David Carmichael <dec2955@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 06 Jan 2002 11:13:39 -0600
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Nate -

Thanks for the reply..

I am trying to use Mandrake 8.1 (mainly for their disk portion utilities)
and it has xfree 4.1, but it keeps installing the Banshee drivers which do
not work with the Voodoo2 card.

I have done Google search and it mainly keeps sending to a web site titled
'' which is a distro for 3Dfx video cards.. but it is still
in beta, and the help files there kind of confuse me as to what I should do,
because I thought that I followed the FAQ and yet Mandrake keeps loading
their Banshee drivers under 'X'/KDE?!?!?


----- Original Message -----
From: "Nate Bargmann" <n0nb@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <discussion@xxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sunday, January 06, 2002 8:12 AM
Subject: [aclug-L] Re: OpenGL, 3D Graphics, & Linux

> * David Carmichael <dec2955@xxxxxxxxxx> [2002 Jan 06 07:40 -0600]:
> > OK it seems that my trying to get 3D graphics on my P-200mmx box using a
> > Voodoo2 graphics card as failed so far.. most likely due to lack of
> > knowledge.
> Hi David.
> I haven't followed this thread too closely, but what version of XFree
> are you trying to set up the graphics card with?  Or, are you trying to
> use 3D outside of X with SVGAlib (which I have not played with at all)?
> For starters, I would recommend choosing a distribution that is using
> XFree 4.1.x as that is the latest version and will likely have the best
> support for your card.  Myself, I am using an older Matrox Millenium
> that I had a lot of problems with under XFree 3.3.6 as packaged in
> Debian 2.2.  Late last summer I moved up to Debian Testing (which is a
> semi-stable version of their distribution) and updated to Xfree 4.0 and
> things improved considerably.  This fall the system updated once more to
> XFree 4.1.x and things have been rock-solid.  Now, the Millenium is not
> a 3D card, however, I am getting a pseudo 3D with the Mesa library that
> provides an OpenGL inteface.  I am running Xscreensaver with the OpenGL
> hacks and it looks pretty cool.  Undoubtedly this is probably much
> slower than hardware 3D.
> > So which PCI graphics cards are supports by which Linux distributions to
> > load OpenGL and 3D graphic drivers on install??
> Probably the best resource on this would be http://www, as
> these are the folks that write the Xfree code.  That said, there are
> subtle differences between distributions at times.  A friend of mine had
> in instance where he had a Red Hat version and Debian 2.2 that both use
> Xfree 3.3.6 and the RH would properly identify the card and set it up
> but Debian would not.  Perhaps RH has its own installer that had a
> better library on card capabilities while Debian relied on information
> supplied by XFree (which for version 3.3.6 is getting quite old).  As it
> turned out, copying the XF86Config file over to the Debian side cured
> the problem.
> So, the XFree folks are your best resource.  There are mailing list
> archives available at their site.  Also, you might try to see if Google
> finds any links to Voodoo2 and XF86Config.  Perhaps someone has been
> kind enough to post their working copy on the Web.
> HTH,
> - Nate >>
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