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amp_man
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Posted - 05/09/2006 :  04:27:56  Show Profile  Visit amp_man's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Okay, I've been away from the 3dfx community for, oh, I don't even know how long. I'm actually somewhat amazed and delighted that this site still exists. Now, down to business. I'm playing around with various distros on a 466MHz Celeron with 256mb of ram, gentoo is the current flavor of the week, but I'm looking at several others. I know there are drivers out there (and even included in the kernel) for the V5 5500, but last I knew, they only used one of the VSAs. Is this still the case? And is there a patch or seperate driver to support both GPUs? Also, I see that XiGraphics has a driver that allegedly (according to x-3dfx) supports both gpus. Does anyone have experience with this? 3dfx isn't even listed on their homepage, which is why I ask. Thanks for any info!

Edited by - amp_man on 05/09/2006 04:31:18

dborca
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Posted - 05/09/2006 :  22:06:05  Show Profile  Visit dborca's Homepage  Send dborca a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by amp_man

I know there are drivers out there (and even included in the kernel) for the V5 5500, but last I knew, they only used one of the VSAs. Is this still the case?

Yes.
quote:
And is there a patch or seperate driver to support both GPUs?

No.
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Also, I see that XiGraphics has a driver that allegedly (according to x-3dfx) supports both gpus. Does anyone have experience with this? 3dfx isn't even listed on their homepage, which is why I ask. Thanks for any info!


In theory, it is possible to use all GPUs. But with DRI, it requires changes in the X server. Non-DRI options still exist, like DGA (quite obsolete) or CINIT (direct hardware access). I wrote the code for DGA and CINIT, but encountered some problems and never finished it.

Regards,
Daniel Borca
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