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Jimminy Christmas!

Everything was paddling along smoothly until I hit this little hiccup, I’ve got an ATI RADEON card, which is apparently a whole pile of badness.

Thank goodness some punks have figured this crap out before me!

Gentoo Install (the chicken-shit I’ve never done this before way):

1) Follow the docs till you’re blue in the face, specifically:

  • stage 3 install
  • get beginning packages from CD’s saves some time
  • in /etc/make.conf, set some USE vars: radeon gnome gtk2 -kde -qt mysql -ldap
  • timezone EST5EDT
  • use genkernel for compile with caveat – I have a stupid radeon, so run genkernel—config, and:

Processor type and features—>
MTRR (Memory Type Range Register) support
Character devices—>
/dev/agpgart (AGP Support)
[*] all chipsets compiled into kernel (just to be safe)
[ ] Direct Rendering Manager (XFree86 DRI support)

Translated, turn agpgart on, but DRM off, see Hardware 3D Acceleration Guide
which seems to be a more official version of
Gentoo Forums :: View topic – Direct rendering (DRI) using XFree-DRM HOWTO

  • continuing with above istructions, get xfree-drm

2) cancel the middle of an emerge only if you’re ready to do some serious patchwork. Basically, don’t start unless you’re ready to finish.

3) not done yet, I’ll let you know