> I'd like to ask what the story is on the ATI Mach 64 video boards. I just
> bought Red Hat Linux 3.0.3, and I'm poised to buy a machine to run it. Mach
> 64 boards are supposedly supported under Red Hat 3.0.3, which is based on
> linux kernal 1.2.13. I've read the HOWTO's posted at sunsite, and I've
> seen that all ATI Mach 64 boards are supported at 8bpp and that only some
> RAMDACS are supported at higher dot clocks and deeper depths. I picked up a
> list of those RAMDAC's from the Mach64 web page at www.XFree86.org so
> that I should be able to get an appropriate board. Yet, I see a number of
> posts to this group by people who can not get their ATI Mach64 boards to work
> and who are told that they need to upgrade to 3.1.2D of XFree86. What's up?
> Why are these people having problems? Should I avoid an ATI Mach64 board?
> Will I actually be able to find a board with a RAMDAC listed on the
> Mach64 page at the Xfree86 website?
If you are unable to find a card with one of the RAMDACs listed as supported
in the XF86_Mach64 server you're probably out of luck. I have an ATI Mach 64
card w/ 2MB DRAM, unfortunately I don't now what is it's RAMDAC, clockchip,
etc. and I'm not much of a hardware wizard, so I was unable to get X11R6 running.
I used the xf86config program to create config file, and after I run X it
says: 'mode NNNNxNNN needs vertical refresh rate of XXX, deleting', for every mode
in the config file, and then I get a black screen and can't even kill the X
I really thing one of the major reasons why many ppl don't like Linux is that
they like Windows and are unable to get XWindows running. You have to be a
hardware tech to know all the clocks/chips/whatever info to set it up.
That's what ppl like in MS-Windows...the plug and play thing.
I would appreciate any help/input on the mach64 cards...I'd really like to have
X running (well, I have the VGA version running).