No Desktop effects on 11.1 with Radeon Mobility 9200

Hello everyone,

I decided to give SUSE a try and installed 11.1 in my laptop a couple of days ago. Was impressed with the smooth installation and completeness of the desktop out of the box.

I am having a couple of problems tough, and for the time being the most annoying is the lack of Desktop Effects in KDE, i have modified my x.org config file to enable all the commonly required options but still i can’t get them to work, heres my config:



Section "Files"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/misc:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/local"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/75dpi:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/100dpi:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/Type1"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/URW"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/Speedo"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/PEX"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/cyrillic"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/latin2/misc:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/latin2/75dpi:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/latin2/100dpi:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/latin2/Type1"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/latin7/75dpi:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/baekmuk:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/japanese:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/kwintv"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/truetype"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/uni:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/CID"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/ucs/misc:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/ucs/75dpi:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/ucs/100dpi:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/hellas/misc:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/hellas/75dpi:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/hellas/100dpi:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/hellas/Type1"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/misc/sgi:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/xtest"
  FontPath     "/opt/kde3/share/fonts"
  InputDevices "/dev/gpmdata"
  InputDevices "/dev/input/mice"
EndSection

Section "ServerFlags"
  Option       "AllowMouseOpenFail" "on"
  Option       "ZapWarning" "on"
EndSection

Section "Module"
	Load	"bitmap"
	Load	"dbe"
	Load	"ddc"
	Load	"dri"
	Load	"extmod"
	Load	"freetype"
	Load	"glx"
	Load	"int10"
	Load	"type1"
	Load	"vbe"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
  Driver       "kbd"
  Identifier   "Keyboard[0]"
  Option       "Protocol" "Standard"
  Option       "XkbLayout" "us,de,es"
  Option       "XkbModel" "microsoftpro"
  Option       "XkbOptions" "grp:alt_shift_toggle,lv3:menu_switch"
  Option       "XkbRules" "xfree86"
  Option       "XkbVariant" "basic,basic,basic"
EndSection


Section "InputDevice"
  Driver       "mouse"
  Identifier   "Mouse[1]"
  Option       "Buttons" "5"
  Option       "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
  Option       "Name" "IBM USB Optical Mouse"
  Option       "Protocol" "explorerps/2"
  Option       "Vendor" "Sysp"
  Option       "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
  Driver       "synaptics"
  Identifier   "Mouse[3]"
  Option       "AccelFactor" "0.01"
  Option       "BottomEdge" "650"
  Option       "Buttons" "5"
  Option       "CircScrollDelta" "0.1"
  Option       "CircScrollTrigger" "2"
  Option       "CircularScrolling" "1"
  Option       "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
  Option       "EdgeMotionMaxSpeed" "15"
  Option       "EdgeMotionMinSpeed" "15"
  Option       "Emulate3Buttons" "on"
  Option       "EmulateMidButtonTime" "75"
  Option       "FingerHigh" "15"
  Option       "FingerLow" "14"
  Option       "HorizScrollDelta" "20"
  Option       "InputFashion" "Mouse"
  Option       "LeftEdge" "120"
  Option       "MaxSpeed" "0.5"
  Option       "MaxTapMove" "110"
  Option       "MaxTapTime" "180"
  Option       "MinSpeed" "0.2"
  Option       "Name" "Touchpad"
  Option       "Protocol" "auto-dev"
  Option       "RightEdge" "830"
  Option       "SHMConfig" "on"
  Option       "TopEdge" "120"
  Option       "UpDownScrolling" "1"
  Option       "Vendor" "ALPS"
  Option       "VertScrollDelta" "20"
  Option       "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
  Driver       "synaptics"
  Identifier   "Mouse[5]"
  Option       "AccelFactor" "0.01"
  Option       "BottomEdge" "650"
  Option       "Buttons" "5"
  Option       "CircScrollDelta" "0.1"
  Option       "CircScrollTrigger" "2"
  Option       "CircularScrolling" "1"
  Option       "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
  Option       "EdgeMotionMaxSpeed" "15"
  Option       "EdgeMotionMinSpeed" "15"
  Option       "Emulate3Buttons" "on"
  Option       "EmulateMidButtonTime" "75"
  Option       "FingerHigh" "15"
  Option       "FingerLow" "14"
  Option       "HorizScrollDelta" "20"
  Option       "InputFashion" "Mouse"
  Option       "LeftEdge" "120"
  Option       "MaxSpeed" "0.5"
  Option       "MaxTapMove" "110"
  Option       "MaxTapTime" "180"
  Option       "MinSpeed" "0.2"
  Option       "Name" "Touchpad"
  Option       "Protocol" "auto-dev"
  Option       "RightEdge" "830"
  Option       "SHMConfig" "on"
  Option       "TopEdge" "120"
  Option       "UpDownScrolling" "1"
  Option       "Vendor" "ALPS"
  Option       "VertScrollDelta" "20"
  Option       "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
EndSection


Section "Monitor"
  DisplaySize  305 230
  HorizSync    31-60
  Identifier   "Monitor[0]"
  ModelName    "1024X768@60HZ"
  Option       "DPMS"
  Option       "PreferredMode" "1280x768"
  VendorName   "--> LCD"
  VertRefresh  30-60
  UseModes     "Modes[0]"
EndSection


Section "Modes"
  Identifier   "Modes[0]"
EndSection


Section "Screen"
  DefaultDepth 24
  SubSection "Display"
    Depth      15
    Modes      "1280x768" "1280x720" "1024x768" "1280x600" "1024x600" "800x600" "768x576" "640x480" 
    Virtual    3840 1200
  EndSubSection
  SubSection "Display"
    Depth      16
    Modes      "1280x768" "1280x720" "1024x768" "1280x600" "1024x600" "800x600" "768x576" "640x480" 
    Virtual    3840 1200
  EndSubSection
  SubSection "Display"
    Depth      24
    Modes      "1280x768" "1280x720" "1024x768" "1280x600" "1024x600" "800x600" "768x576" "640x480" 
    Virtual    3840 1200
  EndSubSection
  SubSection "Display"
    Depth      8
    Modes      "1280x768" "1280x720" "1024x768" "1280x600" "1024x600" "800x600" "768x576" "640x480" 
    Virtual    3840 1200
  EndSubSection
  Device       "Device[0]"
  Identifier   "Screen[0]"
  Monitor      "Monitor[0]"
EndSection


Section "Device"
  BoardName    "RV280 5c61"
  Driver       "radeon"
  Identifier   "Device[0]"
  Option       "monitor-LVDS" "Monitor[0]"
  Screen       0
  VendorName   "ATI"
  BusID		"PCI:01:0:0"

	Option 	  "DDCMode" "true"
	Option	  "SubPixelOrder" "none"
	Option	  "AccelMethod" "XAA"
	Option    "XAANoOffscreenPixmaps"
	Option	  "RenderAccel" "True"
	Option	  "AGPMode" "8"
	Option	  "ColorTiling"   "on"
	Option	  "EnablePageFlip" "true"
	Option	  "DynamicClocks" "on"
	Option	  "mtrr" "on"
	Option	  "VideoOverlay" "on"
	Option	  "OpenGLOverlay" "Off"
	Option    "GLOverlay" "false"
	Option    "DRI" "true"
EndSection

Section "ServerLayout"
  Identifier   "Layout[all]"
  InputDevice  "Keyboard[0]" "CoreKeyboard"
  InputDevice  "Mouse[1]" "CorePointer"
  Option       "Clone" "off"
  Option       "Xinerama" "off"
  Screen       "Screen[0]"
  Option 	"AIGLX" "true"
EndSection


Section "DRI"
    Group      "video"
    Mode       0660
EndSection

Section "Extensions"
	Option "Composite" "On"
EndSection

And glxinfo reports that i indeed have direct rendering enabled:


name of display: :0.0
display: :0  screen: 0
direct rendering: Yes
server glx vendor string: SGI
server glx version string: 1.2

So what am i missing to get this working? All the necessary kernel modules are loaded, including the one for my intel AGP port:


diego@raziel:~> lsmod |grep agp
intel_agp              24264  1
agpgart                32408  2 drm,intel_agp
diego@raziel:~> lsmod |grep radeon
radeon                131372  0
drm                    74980  1 radeon

Any help will be appreciated.

Ok, i have made progress on this; i modified my xorg.conf like this:

Note that among other changes, i had to select 16 bits resolution by default; 24 bits is not supported with AIGLX on my card.



Section "Files"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/misc:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/local"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/75dpi:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/100dpi:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/Type1"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/URW"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/Speedo"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/PEX"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/cyrillic"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/latin2/misc:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/latin2/75dpi:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/latin2/100dpi:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/latin2/Type1"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/latin7/75dpi:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/baekmuk:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/japanese:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/kwintv"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/truetype"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/uni:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/CID"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/ucs/misc:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/ucs/75dpi:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/ucs/100dpi:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/hellas/misc:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/hellas/75dpi:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/hellas/100dpi:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/hellas/Type1"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/misc/sgi:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/xtest"
  FontPath     "/opt/kde3/share/fonts"
  InputDevices "/dev/gpmdata"
  InputDevices "/dev/input/mice"
EndSection

Section "ServerFlags"
  Option       "AllowMouseOpenFail" "on"
  Option       "ZapWarning" "on"
EndSection

#Section "Module"
#  Load         "freetype"
#  Load         "extmod"
#  Load         "dbe"
#  Load         "glx"
#  Load         "dri"
#EndSection

Section "Module"
	Load	"bitmap"
	Load	"dbe"
	Load	"ddc"
	Load	"dri"
	Load	"extmod"
	Load	"freetype"
	Load	"glx"
	Load	"int10"
	Load	"vbe"
	Load	"GLcore"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
  Driver       "kbd"
  Identifier   "Keyboard[0]"
  Option       "Protocol" "Standard"
  Option       "XkbLayout" "us,de,es"
  Option       "XkbModel" "microsoftpro"
  Option       "XkbOptions" "grp:alt_shift_toggle"
  Option       "XkbRules" "xfree86"
  Option       "XkbVariant" "basic,basic,basic"
EndSection


Section "InputDevice"
  Driver       "mouse"
  Identifier   "Mouse[1]"
  Option       "Buttons" "5"
  Option       "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
  Option       "Name" "IBM USB Optical Mouse"
  Option       "Protocol" "explorerps/2"
  Option       "Vendor" "Sysp"
  Option       "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
  Driver       "synaptics"
  Identifier   "Mouse[3]"
  Option       "AccelFactor" "0.01"
  Option       "BottomEdge" "650"
  Option       "Buttons" "5"
  Option       "CircScrollDelta" "0.1"
  Option       "CircScrollTrigger" "2"
  Option       "CircularScrolling" "1"
  Option       "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
  Option       "EdgeMotionMaxSpeed" "15"
  Option       "EdgeMotionMinSpeed" "15"
  Option       "Emulate3Buttons" "on"
  Option       "EmulateMidButtonTime" "75"
  Option       "FingerHigh" "15"
  Option       "FingerLow" "14"
  Option       "HorizScrollDelta" "20"
  Option       "InputFashion" "Mouse"
  Option       "LeftEdge" "120"
  Option       "MaxSpeed" "0.5"
  Option       "MaxTapMove" "110"
  Option       "MaxTapTime" "180"
  Option       "MinSpeed" "0.2"
  Option       "Name" "Touchpad"
  Option       "Protocol" "auto-dev"
  Option       "RightEdge" "830"
  Option       "SHMConfig" "on"
  Option       "TopEdge" "120"
  Option       "UpDownScrolling" "1"
  Option       "Vendor" "ALPS"
  Option       "VertScrollDelta" "20"
  Option       "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
  Driver       "synaptics"
  Identifier   "Mouse[5]"
  Option       "AccelFactor" "0.01"
  Option       "BottomEdge" "650"
  Option       "Buttons" "5"
  Option       "CircScrollDelta" "0.1"
  Option       "CircScrollTrigger" "2"
  Option       "CircularScrolling" "1"
  Option       "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
  Option       "EdgeMotionMaxSpeed" "15"
  Option       "EdgeMotionMinSpeed" "15"
  Option       "Emulate3Buttons" "on"
  Option       "EmulateMidButtonTime" "75"
  Option       "FingerHigh" "15"
  Option       "FingerLow" "14"
  Option       "HorizScrollDelta" "20"
  Option       "InputFashion" "Mouse"
  Option       "LeftEdge" "120"
  Option       "MaxSpeed" "0.5"
  Option       "MaxTapMove" "110"
  Option       "MaxTapTime" "180"
  Option       "MinSpeed" "0.2"
  Option       "Name" "Touchpad"
  Option       "Protocol" "auto-dev"
  Option       "RightEdge" "830"
  Option       "SHMConfig" "on"
  Option       "TopEdge" "120"
  Option       "UpDownScrolling" "1"
  Option       "Vendor" "ALPS"
  Option       "VertScrollDelta" "20"
  Option       "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
EndSection


Section "Monitor"
  DisplaySize  305 230
  HorizSync    31-60
  Identifier   "Monitor[0]"
  ModelName    "1024X768@60HZ"
  Option       "DPMS"
  Option       "PreferredMode" "1280x800"
  VendorName   "--> LCD"
  VertRefresh  30-60
  UseModes     "Modes[0]"
EndSection


Section "Modes"
  Identifier   "Modes[0]"
EndSection


Section "Screen"
  DefaultDepth 16
  SubSection "Display"
    Depth      15
    Modes      "1280x800" "1280x768" "1280x720" "1024x768" "1280x600" "1024x600" "800x600" "768x576" "640x480" 
    Virtual    3840 1200
  EndSubSection
  SubSection "Display"
    Depth      16
    Modes      "1280x800" "1280x768" "1280x720" "1024x768" "1280x600" "1024x600" "800x600" "768x576" "640x480" 
    Virtual    3840 1200
  EndSubSection
  SubSection "Display"
    Depth      24
    Modes      "1280x800" "1280x768" "1280x720" "1024x768" "1280x600" "1024x600" "800x600" "768x576" "640x480" 
    Virtual    3840 1200
  EndSubSection
  SubSection "Display"
    Depth      8
    Modes      "1280x800" "1280x768" "1280x720" "1024x768" "1280x600" "1024x600" "800x600" "768x576" "640x480" 
    Virtual    3840 1200
  EndSubSection
  Device       "Device[0]"
  Identifier   "Screen[0]"
  Monitor      "Monitor[0]"
EndSection


Section "Device"
  BoardName    "RV280 5c61"
  Driver       "radeon"
  Identifier   "Device[0]"
  Option	"EnablePageFlip" "true"
  Option	"SubPixelOrder" "none"
  Option	"AccelMethod" "XAA" # or XAA, EXA, XAA more stable, XAA is deafult
  Option	"RenderAccel" "true"
  Option	"AGPMode" "4"
#  Option	"AGPFastWrite" "on" #Faster than default (off)
#  Option	"SWcursor" "off" #Faster than default (on)
  Option	"ColorTiling"   "on"
  Option	"DynamicClocks" "on"
  Option	"BIOSHotkeys"   "on"
  Option	"mtrr" "on"
  Option	"VideoOverlay" "on"
  Option	"OpenGLOverlay" "off"
#  Option	"AGPSize" "32" # default: 8
  Option	"EnableDepthMoves" "true"
  Screen       0
  VendorName   "ATI"
EndSection



Section "ServerLayout"
  Identifier   "Layout[all]"
  InputDevice  "Keyboard[0]" "CoreKeyboard"
  InputDevice  "Mouse[1]" "CorePointer"
  InputDevice  "Mouse[3]" "SendCoreEvents"
  Option       "Clone" "off"
  Option       "Xinerama" "off"
  Screen       "Screen[0]"
EndSection


Section "DRI"
    Group      "video"
    Mode       0660
EndSection

Section "Extensions"
    Option "Composite" "Enable"
    Option "DAMAGE" "true"
EndSection

And now I do have desktop effects on KDE, but they only work if i enable them via XRender and are quite slow and limited compared to my previous experience with Kubuntu on the same hardware; they just wont work woth OpenGL, even tough i have all the glx and mesa packages installed… does anyone know why this could be?

No one at all???

3D Support not working in 11.1 - openSUSE Forums
Might help, but if your on a 32 bit system skip the renaming of the dri file and the symlink step.

silenuz, thanks for your response; one of the issues im facing is that my ATI card (and whole laptop) is around three years old; and those ‘awesome’ guys at ATI decided not to officially support the Mobility 9200 in Linux.

Therefore im stuck with the ‘radeon’ open source driver and whatever i can squezze out of it.

In fact i have tried to install the binay ATI drivers on a number of occasions like you suggest in that post with absolutely no success.

>:(