Recompiling kernal?

By MattG
Sep 4, 2003
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  1. Im trying to install a ATI driver for my 9700 pro on Slackware 9.0

    Using the scripts that came with the driver i downloaded, i get errors.

    I read on another forum that if you recomplie the kernal to be i586 or higher it might work?

    Im not sure what that means to be honest.

    I just wanna install this ATI driver so i get better video and stuff.

    Right now im running the ghetto, vesa driver...looks like crap.

    Any help would be great! thanks.

    Matt
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu Newcomer, in training Posts: 9,431

    I'm not very familiar, but most likely your kernel is already above i586, distros come with precompiled kernels for K7 and i686.
  3. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 Newcomer, in training Posts: 6,504

    I am not sure, but recompiling the kernel would probably not hurt.

    However, this is not for the faint hearted, or for those with little Linux experience.

    I am more than happy to write a guide, if you like.

    However, I think your problems are in another area. Check everything you have done first.
  4. MattG

    MattG Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 147

    Ok, im posting this within linux- So i have gotten some place ;)

    I have downloaded the ATI Driver that i need.

    and it spits this at me

    error: failed dependencies:
    /bin/sh is needed by fglrx-glc22-4.3.0-3.2.5
    /bin/sh is needed by fglrx-glc22-4.3.0-3.2.5
    /bin/sh is needed by fglrx-glc22-4.3.0-3.2.5
    /bin/sh is needed by fglrx-glc22-4.3.0-3.2.5
    ld-linux.so.2 is needed by fglrx-glc22-4.3.0-3.2.5
    libc.so.6 is needed by fglrx-glc22-4.3.0-3.2.5
    libdl.so.2 is needed by fglrx-glc22-4.3.0-3.2.5
    libICE.so.6 is needed by fglrx-glc22-4.3.0-3.2.5
    libm.so.6 is needed by fglrx-glc22-4.3.0-3.2.5
    libpthread.so.0 is needed by fglrx-glc22-4.3.0-3.2.5
    libSM.so.6 is needed by fglrx-glc22-4.3.0-3.2.5
    libX11.so.6 is needed by fglrx-glc22-4.3.0-3.2.5
    libXaw.so.7 is needed by fglrx-glc22-4.3.0-3.2.5
    libXext.so.6 is needed by fglrx-glc22-4.3.0-3.2.5
    libXmu.so.6 is needed by fglrx-glc22-4.3.0-3.2.5
    libXpm.so.4 is needed by fglrx-glc22-4.3.0-3.2.5
    libXt.so.6 is needed by fglrx-glc22-4.3.0-3.2.5
    /bin/bash is needed by fglrx-glc22-4.3.0-3.2.5
    libc.so.6(GLIBC_2.0) is needed by fglrx-glc22-4.3.0-3.2.5
    libc.so.6(GLIBC_2.1) is needed by fglrx-glc22-4.3.0-3.2.5
    libc.so.6(GLIBC_2.1.3) is needed by fglrx-glc22-4.3.0-3.2.5
    libdl.so.2(GLIBC_2.0) is needed by fglrx-glc22-4.3.0-3.2.5
    libdl.so.2(GLIBC_2.1) is needed by fglrx-glc22-4.3.0-3.2.5
    libm.so.6(GLIBC_2.0) is needed by fglrx-glc22-4.3.0-3.2.5
    libpthread.so.0(GLIBC_2.0) is needed by fglrx-glc22-4.3.0-3.2.5


    and this means? :-/
  5. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 Newcomer, in training Posts: 6,504

    This means that you have a whole lot of unsatisfied dependancies.

    In Windows, code containing common components and libraries are shared in .dlls.

    A similar system is in Linux, where when you install one thing, its expected that you have a whole bunch of other things installed first (which may not seem directly related) for everything to work.

    From that list, you seem to have a lot of things missing, including important compilers and so forth.

    Perhaps, given your novice status, you should think about reinstalling, and choosing to do a full install. Even if you are not a developer, you need a lot of the development stuff installed under linux to give you the ability to install other software.
  6. MattG

    MattG Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 147

    But i did install everything.

    Hrm...
  7. MattG

    MattG Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 147

    Been playing around with a bunch of the different ATI cards they have built into Slackware.

    They work.

    But when i go to restart Xwindows, my monitor goes out of sync and im forced to reboot.

    WTH is this?


    SO far ive seen more errors in linux than windows! AHH..

    :(
  8. Nodsu

    Nodsu Newcomer, in training Posts: 9,431

    You need to adjust the monitor specs in the X configuration file or just run the X configuration program.

    And you shouldn't call them errors.. They are "features", also called "configurability", "flexibility" and "portability". There are really good excuses for this like: "open source", "free" and "platform independence". :p
  9. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,916   +9

    Are you installing as root?
  10. MattG

    MattG Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 147

    Yes i installed as root.

    at the beginning i had to log into the setup at root.
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