Got screwed... almost.

R. Bosch at
Fri Nov 29 17:34:45 PST 2002

On Sat, 30 Nov 2002 00:29:43 +0000  Mister Ian just wrote the following:

> ATI at least make available progamming details for their cards, and
> their 'unified' driver WILL work on any radeon with a 2-byte hack to
> twiddle the PCI ID.

I only read about re-flashing the BOIS. How does twiddling work?

> NVidia on the other hand feed us nothing but their own binaries, so if
> they give up we're SOL.

I'm looking with fear toward 2.6 kernels. IMHO it's a bit shooting
yourself in the foot. On the other hand, it's reasonable... dillemma.

> I think its OK for ATI to limit drivers they claim are beta to their
> own hardware anyway.

Beta? Did not know that. Although I did look in the store for a real
Ati. None what so ever... A shame realy.

> Just think of the flak they'd get from their OEMS
> when customers break their card using beta drivers... I wouldnt want
> that shit!

Flaky drivers on hardware with many diversety... I follow. :-}

> I'd be more upset if they tried this trick on production drivers, but
> still, at least they provide specs in any case.

> As to the IO-APIC stuff, I suggest asking on lkml - what mobo do you
> have?

Ok, an AMD 2700+ with 512MB PC2700 on a Gigabyte GA-7VAXP with the KT400
VIA chip-shit ;-)

I know it's a bit of being a hipokrit. On the other hand I dislike the
drivers from nvidia... SiS is unclear, that leaves Via :-(

CD-ripping goes fine now btw :-D

Just not sure when the quiet coolers arive for this beast :-)

This board is around for a few months now... I'm yet to try the new
kernel to if it made it in on time (guess not)



Open(source) your mind, and see real freedom!
Close(dsource) your mind and be in a prisson.

Just my ¤0.02
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