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radeon - ATI RADEON video driver
radeon is an Xorg driver for ATI RADEON based video cards. It contains
full support for 8, 15, 16 and 24 bit pixel depths, dual-head setup,
flat panel, hardware 2D acceleration, hardware 3D acceleration,
hardware cursor, XV extension, and the Xinerama extension.
The radeon driver supports PCI and AGP video cards based on the
following ATI chips
R100 Radeon 7200
RV100 Radeon 7000(VE), M6, RN50/ES1000
RS100 Radeon IGP320(M)
RV200 Radeon 7500, M7, FireGL 7800
RS200 Radeon IGP330(M)/IGP340(M)
RS250 Radeon Mobility 7000 IGP
R200 Radeon 8500, 9100, FireGL 8800/8700
RV250 Radeon 9000PRO/9000, M9
RS300 Radeon 9100 IGP
RS350 Radeon 9200 IGP
RS400 Radeon XPRESS 200/200M IGP (2d only)
RV280 Radeon 9200PRO/9200/9200SE, M9+
R300 Radeon 9700PRO/9700/9500PRO/9500/9600TX, FireGL X1/Z1
R350 Radeon 9800PRO/9800SE/9800, FireGL X2
R360 Radeon 9800XT
RV350 Radeon 9600PRO/9600SE/9600, M10/M11, FireGL T2
RV360 Radeon 9600XT
RV370 Radeon X300, M22
RV380 Radeon X600, M24
RV410 Radeon X700, M26 PCIE
R420 Radeon X800 AGP
R423/R430 Radeon X800, M28 PCIE
R480/R481 Radeon X850 PCIE/AGP
Please refer to xorg.conf(5) for general configuration details. This
section only covers configuration details specific to this driver.
The driver auto-detects all device information necessary to initialize
the card. However, if you have problems with auto-detection, you can
VideoRam - in kilobytes
MemBase - physical address of the linear framebuffer
IOBase - physical address of the MMIO registers
ChipID - PCI DEVICE ID
In addition, the following driver Options are supported:
Option "SWcursor" "boolean"
Selects software cursor. The default is off.
Option "NoAccel" "boolean"
Enables or disables all hardware acceleration.
The default is to enable hardware acceleration.
Option "Dac6Bit" "boolean"
Enables or disables the use of 6 bits per color component when
in 8 bpp mode (emulates VGA mode). By default, all 8 bits per
color component are used.
The default is off.
Option "VideoKey" "integer"
This overrides the default pixel value for the YUV video overlay
The default value is 0x1E.
Option "ScalerWidth" "integer"
This sets the overlay scaler buffer width. Accepted values range
from 1024 to 2048, divisible by 64, values other than 1536 and
1920 may not make sense though. Should be set automatically, but
noone has a clue what the limit is for which chip. If you think
quality is not optimal when playing back HD video (with
horizontal resolution larger than this setting), increase this
value, if you get an empty area at the right (usually pink),
decrease it. Note this only affects the "true" overlay via xv,
it won’t affect things like textured video.
The default value is either 1536 (for most chips) or 1920.
Option "AGPMode" "integer"
Set AGP data transfer rate. (used only when DRI is enabled)
1 -- 1x (before AGP v3 only)
2 -- 2x (before AGP v3 only)
4 -- 4x
8 -- 8x (AGP v3 only)
others -- invalid
The default is to leave it unchanged.
Option "AGPFastWrite" "boolean"
Enable AGP fast writes. Enabling this is frequently the cause
of instability. Used only when the DRI is enabled. If you enable
this option you will get *NO* support from developers.
The default is off.
Option "BusType" "string"
Used to replace previous ForcePCIMode option. Should only be
used when driver’s bus detection is incorrect or you want to
force a AGP card to PCI mode. Should NEVER force a PCI card to
PCI -- PCI bus
AGP -- AGP bus
PCIE -- PCI Express (falls back to PCI at present)
(used only when DRI is enabled)
The default is auto detect.
Option "DDCMode" "boolean"
Force to use the modes queried from the connected monitor.
The default is off.
Option "DisplayPriority" "string"
Used to prevent flickering or tearing problem caused by display
AUTO -- Driver calculated (default).
BIOS -- Remain unchanged from BIOS setting.
Use this if the calculation is not correct
for your card.
HIGH -- Force to the highest priority.
Use this if you have problem with above options.
This may affect performance slightly.
The default value is AUTO.
Option "ColorTiling" "boolean"
Frame buffer can be addressed either in linear or tiled mode.
Tiled mode can provide significant performance benefits with 3D
applications, for 2D it shouldn’t matter much. Tiling will be
disabled if the virtual x resolution exceeds 2048 (3968 for R300
and above), if option UseFBDev is used, or (if DRI is enabled)
the drm module is too old.
If this option is enabled, a new dri driver is required for
direct rendering too.
Color tiling will be automatically disabled in interlaced or
doublescan screen modes.
The default value is on.
Option "IgnoreEDID" "boolean"
Do not use EDID data for mode validation, but DDC is still used
for monitor detection. This is different from NoDDC option.
The default value is off.
Option "PanelSize" "string"
Should only be used when driver cannot detect the correct panel
size. Apply to both desktop (TMDS) and laptop (LVDS) digital
panels. When a valid panel size is specified, the timings
collected from DDC and BIOS will not be used. If you have a
panel with timings different from that of a standard VESA mode,
you have to provide this information through the Modeline.
For example, Option "PanelSize" "1400x1050"
The default value is none.
Option "EnablePageFlip" "boolean"
Enable page flipping for 3D acceleration. This will increase
performance but not work correctly in some rare cases, hence the
default is off.
Option "ForceMinDotClock" "frequency"
Override minimum dot clock. Some Radeon BIOSes report a minimum
dot clock unsuitable (too high) for use with television sets
even when they actually can produce lower dot clocks. If this is
the case you can override the value here. Note that using this
option may damage your hardware. You have been warned. The
frequency parameter may be specified as a float value with
standard suffixes like "k", "kHz", "M", "MHz".
Option "RenderAccel" "boolean"
Enables or disables hardware Render acceleration. This driver
does not support component alpha (subpixel) rendering. It is
only supported on Radeon series up to and including 9200
(9500/9700 and newer unsupported). The default is to enable
Option "AccelMethod" "string"
Chooses between available acceleration architectures. Valid
options are XAA and EXA. XAA is the traditional acceleration
architecture and support for it is very stable. EXA is a newer
acceleration architecture with better performance for the Render
and Composite extensions, but the rendering code for it is newer
and possibly unstable. The default is XAA.
Option "AccelDFS" "boolean"
Use or don’t use accelerated EXA DownloadFromScreen hook when
possible (only when Direct Rendering is enabled, e.g.).
Default: off with AGP due to issues with GPU->host transfers
with some AGP bridges, on otherwise.
Option "FBTexPercent" "integer"
Amount of video RAM to reserve for OpenGL textures, in percent.
With EXA, the remainder of video RAM is reserved for EXA
offscreen management. Specifying 0 results in all offscreen
video RAM being reserved for EXA and only GART memory being
available for OpenGL textures. This may improve EXA performance,
but beware that it may cause problems with OpenGL drivers from
Mesa versions older than 6.4. With XAA, specifying lower
percentage than what gets reserved without this option has no
effect, but the driver tries to increase the video RAM reserved
for textures to the amount specified roughly. Default: 50.
Option "DepthBits" "integer"
Precision in bits per pixel of the shared depth buffer used for
3D acceleration. Valid values are 16 and 24. When this is 24,
there will also be a hardware accelerated stencil buffer, but
the combined depth/stencil buffer will take up twice as much
video RAM as when it’s 16. Default: The same as the screen
Option "DMAForXv" "boolean"
Try or don’t try to use DMA for Xv image transfers. This will
reduce CPU usage when playing big videos like DVDs, but may
cause instabilities. Default: on.
Option "SubPixelOrder" "string"
Force subpixel order to specified order. Subpixel order is used
for subpixel decimation on flat panels.
NONE -- No subpixel (CRT like displays)
RGB -- in horizontal RGB order (most flat panels)
BGR -- in horizontal BGR order (some flat panels)
This option is intended to be used in following cases:
1. The default subpixel order is incorrect for your panel.
2. Enable subpixel decimation on analog panels.
3. Adjust to one display type in dual-head clone mode setup.
4. Get better performance with Render acceleration on digital
panels (use NONE setting).
The default is NONE for CRT, RGB for digital panels
Option "DynamicClocks" "boolean"
Enable dynamic clock scaling. The on-chip clocks will scale
dynamically based on usage. This can help reduce heat and
increase battery life by reducing power usage. Some users
report reduced 3D performance with this enabled. The default is
Option "VGAAccess" "boolean"
Tell the driver if it can do legacy VGA IOs to the card. This is
necessary for properly resuming consoles when in VGA text mode,
but shouldn’t be if the console is using radeonfb or some other
graphic mode driver. Some platforms like PowerPC have issues
with those, and they aren’t necessary unless you have a real
text mode in console. The default is off on PowerPC and SPARC
and on on other architectures.
Option "ReverseDDC" "boolean"
When BIOS connector informations aren’t available, use this
option to reverse the mapping of the 2 main DDC ports. Use this
if the X serve obviously detects the wrong display for each
connector. This is typically needed on the Radeon 9600 cards
bundled with Apple G5s. The default is off.
Option "LVDSProbePLL" "boolean"
When BIOS panel informations aren’t available (like on
PowerBooks), it may still be necessary to use the firmware
provided PLL values for the panel or flickering will happen.
This option will force probing of the current value programmed
in the chip when X is launched in that case. This is only
useful for LVDS panels (laptop internal panels). The default is
Option "TVDACLoadDetect" "boolean"
Enable load detection on the TV DAC. The TV DAC is used to
drive both TV-OUT and analog monitors. Load detection is often
unreliable in the TV DAC so it is disabled by default. The
default is off.
Option "DefaultTMDSPLL" "boolean"
Use the default driver provided TMDS PLL values rather than the
ones provided by the bios. This option has no effect on Mac
cards. Enable this option if you are having problems with a DVI
monitor using the internal TMDS controller. The default is off.
Option "DRI" "boolean"
Enable DRI support. This option allows you to enable to disable
the DRI. The default is off for RN50/ES1000 and on for others.
Option "DefaultConnectorTable" "boolean"
Enable this option to skip the BIOS connector table parsing and
use the driver defaults for each chip. The default is off
Option "MacModel" "string"
Used to specify Mac models for connector tables and quirks. If
you have a powerbook or mini with DVI that does not work
properly, try the alternate
options as Apple does not seem to provide a good way of knowing
they use internal or external TMDS for DVI. Only valid on
ibook -- ibooks
powerbook-external -- Powerbooks with external DVI
powerbook-internal -- Powerbooks with integrated DVI
powerbook-vga -- Powerbooks with VGA rather than DVI
powerbook-duallink -- powerbook-external alias
powerbook -- powerbook-internal alias
mini-external -- Mac Mini with external DVI
mini-internal -- Mac Mini with integrated DVI
mini -- mini-external alias
imac-g5-isight -- iMac G5 iSight
The default value is undefined.
Option "TVStandard" "string"
Used to specify the default TV standard if you want to use
something other than the bios default. Valid options are:
The default value is undefined.
Option "ForceTVOut" "boolean"
Enable this option to force TV Out to always be detected as
attached. The default is off
Option "IgnoreLidStatus" "boolean"
Enable this option to ignore lid status on laptops and always
detect LVDS as attached. The default is on.
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