June 25, 2006 2 Comments
After nearly 5 years of struggle, I managed today to get my graphics card (A Radeon IGP 320M chip) 2D and 3D accelerated today under Linux. I needed to install a custom ACPI DSDT (from http://acpi.sourceforge.net) into my kernel, which is fairly easy in Ubuntu Dapper (simply drop it into /etc/mkinitramfs and reconfigure the kernel package). This fixes a couple of problems and most importantly avoids instant lockup when starting DRM.
Next I compiled and installed Mesa and DRI from CVS sources following this guide. I had to fiddle a bit with the correct dirs, and voila! OpenGL works and even 2D graphics is much smoother now (due to the use of AGP I guess).
I hope the distros will pick this up soon so that I can live without these hacks. Yay, now I can use Google Earth and play Quake without making my CPU heat up like hell 🙂