Upgrade Xorg 7.3 to 7.5

A couple of users of Wary 5.0 have asked about upgrading Xorg from 7.3 to that used back in Quirky 1.3 -- which is Xorg 7.5.

So, I have created a PET that does just that. The PET is 19MB, but the large size is due to inclusion of the complete mesa 7.6 package. The mesa DRI drivers in /usr/X11R7/lib/dri are enormous, and if all are removed except swrast_dri.so, the size would drop enormously and you would still get reasonable rendering speed for most general usage.

I tested the PET on my laptop, with Intel hardware, works fine. This PET has many drivers, not just for Intel. The xorg-server package is 1.7.5, libdrm is 2.4.18, xf86-video-intel is 2.9.1, pixman is 0.16.2, cairo is 1.8.8. The Xorg drivers, especially Intel, are the most recent to work without KMS (Kernel Mode Setting).

Anyone using Wary is welcome to try it, but note that it deletes some Xorg 7.3 files, so won't be quite right if you uninstall the PET -- so use a throw-away save-file. Or, maybe you could uninstall it, but look in the 'pinstall.sh' script of the PET to see what files would need to be manually restored.

http://distro.ibiblio.org/pub/linux/distributions/quirky/pet_packages-wary5/zzx_upgrade_73_to_75_nokms-201101.pet (19MB)
http://distro.ibiblio.org/pub/linux/distributions/quirky/pet_packages-wary5/zzx_upgrade_73_to_75_nokms_DEV-201101.pet (4.2MB)


Posted on 4 Jan 2011, 21:16


Comments:

Posted on 5 Jan 2011, 9:24 by FeodorF
Tested ATI Radeon
Test results for the ATI RADEON RV100, 64MB, shared 128MB with Mesa DRI R100 AGP 4x Version 1.3 Mesa 7.6 with Direct Rendering active (within all modes)

640x480x24, 800x600x24, 1024x768x24, 1280x800x24, 1280x1024x24, 1600x900x24

Tested with SM-2.0.11 browser; everything just perfect! Tested with MPlayer; just superb!

(Please move the MPlayer Windows all the way to the top left position before closing them down: while testing.)

Best driver ever for my graphic card.

Thank you very much for this!



Posted on 5 Jan 2011, 21:41 by FeodorF
Tested nVIDIA [NV11]
Test results for the nVIDIA GeForce2 [NV11] MX 400, 32MB, shared 128MB with Mesa Project Software Rasterizer 2.1 Mesa 7.6 with Direct Rendering active (within all modes)

640x480, 800x600, 1024x768, 1280x800, 1280x1024, 1600x900
(16 & 24 bit mode tested)

Tested with SM-2.0.11 browser; everything is perfect.
Tested with MPlayer; works great.

This graphic card was a spooky one [with Mesa GLX indirect 1.4 (1.5 Mesa 6.5.2) driver] before; now the ghost has gone for good!

Best driver ever for this graphic card.



Posted on 6 Jan 2011, 2:32 by FeodorF
Tested MSI TI4200
Test results for the MSI TI4200-TD8x64 (nVIDIA GeForce4 [NV28] TI 4200, 64MB, shared 128MB, AGP 8x), with Mesa Project Software Rasterizer 2.1 Mesa 7.6 with Direct Rendering active (within all modes).

640x480x16, 640x480x24 select modus -M- (CRT mode)
800x600x16, 800x600x24 select modus -N- (dto.)
1024x768x16, 1024x768x24 select modus -O- (dto.)
1280x800x16, 1280x800x24 select modus -P- (dto.)
1280x1024x16,1280x1024x24 select modus -P- (dto.)

You will have to select the CRT mode, even while using an LCD. Tested with Acer 20 (max. res. 1600x900).

This is the first time, that this graphic card is 100% supported.

Tested with SM and MPlayer; and works great!



Posted on 6 Jan 2011, 2:33 by FeodorF
Tested MSI TI4200
Test results for the MSI TI4200-TD8x64 (nVIDIA GeForce4 [NV28] TI 4200, 64MB, shared 128MB, AGP 8x), with Mesa Project Software Rasterizer 2.1 Mesa 7.6 with Direct Rendering active (within all modes).

640x480x16, 640x480x24 select modus -M- (CRT mode)
800x600x16, 800x600x24 select modus -N- (dto.)
1024x768x16, 1024x768x24 select modus -O- (dto.)
1280x800x16, 1280x800x24 select modus -P- (dto.)
1280x1024x16,1280x1024x24 select modus -P- (dto.)

You will have to select the CRT mode, even while using an LCD. Tested with Acer 20 (max. res. 1600x900).

This is the first time, that this graphic card is 100% supported.

Tested with SM and MPlayer; and works great!



Posted on 6 Jan 2011, 5:35 by ddp
Improvement
Using in Quirky 1.4, this upgraded xorg server from 1.7.1 in Quirky 1.3 to 1.7.5 with this in 1.4. No more trailing ghosts on window moves, works better overall then with the ati drivers I was using on the ATI Radeon 4250 and 4290 onboard videos.

thanks duke


Posted on 7 Jan 2011, 20:19 by FeodorF
Tested V7 Mirage
Test results for the V7 Mirage P32/PCI, 8MB, with Mesa 7.6

640x480x16, 800x600x16

Tested with SM-2.0.11 browser: start SM in full screen mode, hit the [CTRL] + [Minus] key; do it twice. The result of this is, that everything inside your browser will be shown in the 1024x768 mode.

MPlayer does not work with it, but the browser's flashplayer can be used to watch youtube.com videos, even in full screen mode.

So, if you have a very old graphic card like this one (with the S3/TRIO 32 / 1995) simply give it a try, before throwing it away.



Posted on 26 Jan 2011, 24:30 by mave
Radeon Mobilitiy X1400
Tried this upgrade from Xorg 7.3 to 7.5 (without the DEV-pet)on my Thinkpad T60 with ATI Radeon Mobilitiy X1400 in Wary 5:

fresh pupsave, nothing else. After running xorgwizard and starting xwin black screen and nothing.

Reset only with a hard reboot.


Posted on 27 Jan 2011, 7:18 by mave
Radeon Mobilitiy X1400
Never mind. Meanwhile it works. Uuups... ;-)