Jan 272000
 

Setting up an ATI Rage Pro 3D

Chris Silva bitsurfr@enteract.com wrote in with the following article on configuring his graphic card on a Compaq DPENS PIII/450 Small Form Factor (SFF).

Configuration

Basically, I paid close attention to the booting of FreeBSD (3.4 – XFree 3.3.5).   I tried to config XFree using the normal SVGA parms – this was my first mistake…

After many attempts at svga and many attempts using 640, then 800, then 1024 and even switching between 8 bit, 16, 24 and 32 – I was about to give up… Afterall, I was using the ATI specs in the list…

Upon a reboot (or perhapse just a drunken idea) I figured I would look at the card list a bit more carefully.

There I saw near the top, 2D/3D AGP – I figured, why not…. Nothing else has worked thus far… I also figured I would throw a differant server at it… Something told me to use Mach64…

So, I entered the AGP card, set the monitor for 8514 (I use only an NEC A500+) 1024×768 mode, chose the mode of 1024×768 and the bits to 24 (to start)..

saved the info, let it make the link to X (at this point I thought – good Lord, it’s gonna woik!) and let it fly…

Much to my amasement – it took… So – I figured, 24 bit is good, but I want to push it… So I went for 32… Again, I startx’ it after the config, and bingo – she took again.

So – at this point, I would be happy doing 1024×768 on a 15 inch NEC A500+ at 32 bit.

I must say however, I was able to push it to 11xx at 24 bit, but the limits of my screen stopped me from going beyond that. – I did however, manage to capture that and post it – look for the windowMaker 3.4-STABLE screen. It’s simple, but I wanted to show that it can be done, and I wanted to show that StartOffice can do email and usenet too 😉

Thats it…