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DECwindows: ATI Mach64 on V6.2
The Question is:
I am trying to get an ATI Mach64 graphics adaptor to work
on my Alpha Server 2100 (VME). When I run sys_exer at the
boot prompt it appears to work just fine (i.e., I get a
continual string of "Digital" repeated across the screen).
However once the machine boots the ATI attached terminal
does not display the expected login screen. It blacks
out about 1/4 of the screen and the rest has the blue
background that was there from the VGA sys_exer tests.
I called ATI and they said that their card works just fine
in the Alpha Server 2100 without adjusting any of the
jumpers on the card.
I got (via my local DEC guy) the ECO patch AXPGUP01_062 so
that the ATI Mach64 driver would be there. It installed
without reporting any problems.
I reran AUTOGEN and still it did not work.
I look in the DECW$SERVER_0_ERROR.LOG and it does not say
anything bad that I can see. These are the last few lines
from the log file:
------------------begin text ------------------
ati64vmsScreenInit: Init the common VGA screen
VGAVMS_InitScreenCommon: Init the Screen structure
cputype = 2 (2 = EV4, 5 = EV5)
ati64vmsScreenInit: Using EV4 routines
ati64vmsScreenInit: Fifo low-water mark value: 4
ati64vmsScreenInit: Init hardware
atiHWInit: Unsupported chip type found = type 0
atiHWInit: Chip Rev 0
atiHWInit: Unsupported DAC found = type 0, assuming 6-bit DAC
atiHWInit: 6-bit DAC (RGBShift = 10)
ati64vmsScreenInit: Cursor Setup, DAC type = 0
ati64vmsScreenInit: Call cfbCreateDefColormap
ati64vmsScreenInit: Init the backing store
ati64vmsScreenInit: Exit from init with success
DEC-XTRAP: AddExtension assigned Major Opcode '137'
DEC-XTRAP: Vers. 3.3-0 successfully loaded
MultibufferExtensionInit: Drawlib not loaded.
11-APR-1996 18:21:48.4 Calling the dispatcher...
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Thank you for your help.
The Answer is:
1. Configure the system firmware to recognize the MACH64 option.
2. Install the appropriate patch, if OpenVMS version is pre-7.0.
3. Make sure SYSMAN is using the proper prefix when searching for
the file SYS$LIBRARY:DECW$ICBM.EXE. Note: ICBM stands for
IOGEN Configuration Building Module
Verify you have read:
"ATI MACH64-GX (ISA) Graphics Option Owners Manual", October 1995,
"AlphaStation 200 4/100 MACH64 [PCI] Graphics Accelerator Installation
Guide", February 1995, (EK-PCDGA-DI. A01).