OpenGL on Radeon 7000/VE ?

Alan Dacey GrokIt at
Thu Sep 4 01:16:14 BST 2008

P Kapat wrote:
> Hello All,
> Due to reason most unfortunate, my evga (nVidia) video card died and I
> am forced to use an old ATI video card:
> $ sudo lspci -vv -d 1002:5159
> 01:06.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Radeon RV100
> QY [Radeon 7000/VE] (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])


> Q1: Is it possible to get OpenGL working with this old card? If so,
> what options/driver should I add to xorg.conf. Do the proprietery ATI
> drivers support this old card?
> Q2: Looking into Xorg.0.log, I see that the system is trying to load
> the "glx" extension, giving the following error:
> (EE) Failed to initialize GLX extension (Compatible NVIDIA X driver not found)
> Should I blacklist "glx" in /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist?
> Thanks for the support. If it matters, I am running Hardy/KDE 3.5.10
> with KDE 4.1 packages from ppa repositories.

According to Wikipedia it supports OpenGL 1.3 --

Have you tried Envy?  It is supposed to work for ATI & Nvidia drivers although I have only used it 
on nvidia cards and it worked fine for a GTS8800 and an old LE6200.  I haven't heard anything about 
older cards on KDE 4 but I'm sure it's worth a try.  I believe the package is called 'envyng' in the 


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