Linux NetMag #1
Titel: Glide pictures with 3Dfx
If you own a Voodoo 3Dfx graphic card you need not to renounce
this feature under Linux.
With special drivers you will be able to accelerate the graphic
output even under Linux.
Of course Linux has not yet become a real platform for games but
graphic cards and add-on cards with a 3Dfx Voodoo chip are supported
if you install the special drivers. These drivers were not just constructed
for games but more for all OpenGL applications. Mesa, the free OpenGL-Clone
for Linux, offers the possibility to compile the Mesa libraries with 3Dfx
support. From this moment everything that will use Mesa runs automatically
with additional power from the 3Dfx-card.
SLI Obsidian 4220
Voodoo 2 (special drivers)
The 3Dfx drivers are directly available from 3Dfx
where you receive Glide (that's the name of the driver) in version 2.4.
So, download fast and unpack with
>> tar zxvf linux_glide_2_4.tar.gz -C /tmp
and then start the installation script in the generated directory:
>> cd /tmp/Glide2.4
The program wants to know some parameters for the installation.
After installing the driver will be in /usr/local/glide
(if you did not change the default parameters).
Now it is important to tell the system where it finds the new libraries
>> export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=
and a short
registers the new libraries for your system. The drivers should be useable
now. Over and above that you find in the directory /usr/local/glide/bin
few programs with which you can test the card and see if it functions well.
To make it possible that OpenGl applications run with 3Dfx support
you first need the Mesa source (actual version 3.0) from http://www.ssec.wisc.edu/~brianp/Mesa.html
Unpack the sources with
>> tar -zxvf MesaLib-3.0.tar.gz -C /tmp/
and in the generated directory Mesa-3.0 you find the file README.3DFX
should lead you through the installation without any problems.