Additional options for the radeon driver

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Options for the radeon driver are documented on the radeon(4x) man page.

External Monitors

You can use MergedFB to provide dualhead Xinerama like setups - the folowing (partial) Xorg config will make the Radeon card use 1024x768 on the internal lcd display and 1280x1024 on the external (Note: only one screen/monitor section is needed (it controls the setup of the internal monitor) even though we have two displays): N.B.: Modes used in the MetaModes also have to be present in the screen modes section.

Section "Device"
        Identifier      "ATI"
        Driver          "radeon"
        # accelration
        Option          "AGPMode" "4"
        Option          "EnablePageFlip" "on"
        Option          "RenderAccel" "on"
        # enable PowerPlay features
        Option          "DynamicClocks" "on"
        # use bios hot keys on thinkpad (aka fn+f7)
        Option          "BIOSHotkeys" "on"
        # enable radeon specific xinerama
        Option          "MergedFB" "true"
        Option          "CRT2Position" "RightOf"
        Option          "CRT2Hsync" "50-75"
        Option          "CRT2VRefresh" "30-82"
        Option          "MetaModes" "1024x768-1280x1024"
        Option          "MergedNonRectangular" "true"
        BusID           "PCI:1:0:0"
EndSection
Section "Monitor"
        Identifier "InternalLCD"
        Option "DPMS"
EndSection
Section "Screen"
        Identifier "Default Screen"
        Device "ATI"
        Monitor "InternalLCD"
        DefaultDepth 24
        SubSection "Display"
                Depth 24
                Modes "1024x768"
        EndSubSection
EndSection

Note: The CRT2 directives always applies for the external monitore regardless of type (LCD, CRT...). The option MergedNonRectangular is needed to force the screens into two different sizes.

External Monitors and Docking Stations/Port Replicators

I seams that Xorg incorectly discovers the external displays when connected to a docking station/port replicator - the only solution to this problem (atleast that I know of) is to start the laptop (and boot all the way into X) prior to inserting it in the dock.

AGP speed

By default, the open source radeon driver forces 1x AGP speed. Quote from the developers:

tuning to the highest speed possible has caused hangs on some boxes, with no
discernable pattern, so we default to 'slow but safe' whilst giving the option
to go fast if the user wants to try it.


Higher speeds can be enabled by adding Option "AGPMode" "X" (where X is a number) in the Device section in /etc/X11/xorg.conf.

Section "Device"
       Identifier  "Videocard0"
       Driver      "radeon"
       VendorName  "IBM Thinkpad"
       BoardName   "ATIdd Mobility FireGL 7800"
       Option      "AGPMode" "4"
EndSection


With this option enabled (set to 4x speed), the X11 server should print (/var/log/Xorg.0.log):

(**) RADEON(0): Option "AGPMode" "4"
(**) RADEON(0): Using AGP 4x mode


AGP Fast Writes

By default, the open source radeon driver disables AGP Fast Writes. Fast Writes can be enabled by adding Option "AGPFastWrite" "yes" in the Device section in /etc/X11/xorg.conf.

Section "Device"
       Identifier  "Videocard0"
       Driver      "radeon"
       VendorName  "IBM Thinkpad"
       BoardName   "ATI Mobility FireGL 7800"
       Option      "AGPFastWrite" "yes"
EndSection


Dynamic Clock scaling

Please see: