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 Published by Thomas Kurschel
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 Date Posted:   July 3rd, 2002
 Last Updated:   August 12th, 2004
 License: Freeware
 Downloads: 508,170 total; 46,127 recently
 Page Views: 1,697,993 total
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About Ati Radeon Graphics Driver:
As the driver provided by Be doesn't support the Radeon built into my laptop, I wrote a new one.

  • start the package and choose "Standard Install"
  • reboot
  • boot in safe-mode (if necessary)
  • start the package and choose "Uninstall"

During install, all other Radeon drivers and Radeon Screen Preferences will be moved to a backup-folder in /boot/home and the new driver will be installed.

During uninstall, the new Radeon driver will be deleted and the backed up ones will be moved to their old locations.


  • multi-monitor support, by default both ports get the same output
  • special Radeon Preferences, allowing you to combine ports to one large workspace either horizontally or vertically; if they are in the wrong order, i.e. the monitor containing the left piece is standing on the right hand side, choose "Swap Displays"
  • if only one monitor is connected, you still get the large workspace but have to scroll around using your mouse
  • if you have a Laptop, you can choose any refresh rate and resolution - the image will be scaled accordingly, refresh rate only affects external connector as TFTs are fixed-sync
  • DVI support for flat panels
  • supports hardware overlays
  • Video In support (Rage Theatre only, not Rage Theatre 200), supporting NTSC, NTSC-J, NTSC-443, PAL-M, PAL-N, PAL-NC, PAL-BDGHI, PAL-60, SECAM (only NTSC and PAL-BDGHI tested)
  • TV-Out support for NTSC and PAL-BDGHI (Rage Theatre for first generation Radeons and TV-Out built into newer Radeons)
The following restrictions apply:
  • the driver offers full 2D acceleration but no 3D acceleration; neither standard BeOS nor Dano supports HW OpenGL, only the OpenGL beta does, so only a few could use that feature; additionally, there is no driver interface published by Be, so even if I had enough time to write an OpenGL driver, I wouldn't know how to do that under BeOS)
  • monitor detection, which previously relied on BIOS, is done during every modeswitch now; so, if you connect a new monitor, switch to a workspace with different Screen Settings and the monitor should be detected and used
  • Radeon Screen Preferences are based on OpenBeOS's Screen Preferences which lack some functionality (I rewrote most of it and added some of them but not all)
  • overlay can only be shown on one monitor (this is a hardware restriction)
  • if you have combine-mode enabled, the overlay is shown on the monitor where most of the windows is located, if combine-mode is disabled you can use "Swap Displays" to choose the monitor where the overlays is to be shown.
The driver was written for a MAXDATA Pro 660X (i.e. a Radeon M6 LY, also known as M6P, PCI-ID 4c59). I've added the IDs of all Radeon cards (i.e. up to Radeon 9800) I could find and wrote the driver in a way that all of them should be supported; but without having any hardware to throw it on, there's not much I can do if it doesn't work for you. If it does, please tell me or post a message at TalkBack.

The driver is reported to work on the following graphics cards:

  • plain Radeon (i.e. before the numbering started)
  • Radeon Mobility 8 MB
  • Radeon Mobility 32 MB, PCI-ID 4c59
  • IGP 320
  • Radeon 7000
  • Radeon 7000 VE, PCI-ID 5159
  • Radeon VE 64 MB, PCI-ID 5159
  • IBM Thinkpad T30 (Radeon 7500 Mobility)
  • Radeon 7500 Mobility (64 MB)
  • Dell Inspiron 8100 (Radeon 7500 Mobility, 64 MB), PCI-ID 4c57
  • Radeon 7500
  • Radeon 7500 AIW
  • IGP 340
  • Radeon 8500 (64 MB)
  • Radeon 8500, PCI-ID 514c
  • Radeon All-in-Wonder 8500 (128 MB), PCI-ID 514c
  • Hercules Radeon 8500LE
  • Radeon 8500LE
  • Radeon 8500 (64 MB), PCI-ID 514c
  • Radeon 9000 Mobility
  • Radeon 9000 Pro Mobility
  • Radeon 9000 Pro, PCI-ID 4966
  • Radeon 9100
  • Radeon 9200
  • Radeon 9600
  • Radeon 9600 Pro
  • Radeon 9700 Mobility
  • Radeon 9700 Pro
  • Dell Dimension 4600 (Radeon 9800)
  • Radeon 9600 XT
  • Radeon 9800 Pro

Latest Version
Details about this version:
Fixes/New features:
  • restructured signal-routing
  • fixed routing of analog monitor on DVI adapter when TV-out is connected
  • fixed overbright signal for analog monitor on DVI adapter
  • all unused outputs are switched off now, i.e. TV-Out doesn't get an (invalid) signal anymore if TV-Out is disabled
  • use R300 style PLL for Mobility 9600
  • added Radeon 9100
  • added Mobility 9200
  • added TV-Out detection for IGP (untested)
  • added TV-Out support for Radeon 8500/Radeon 9100

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