How to install ATI drivers on debian

Now I had an ATI 8500 LE, but it was harder than I guessed to make it work.
The kernel 2.4.18 doesn’t have a driver wich enable DRI. Now I had only the prompt…
I need some directions on how to correctly setup the card on linux.
I look at the DRI site, but there is litlle documentation, and nothing like a checklist or general steps.
I get the ATI drivers from, but it still confuse how to install that. I knew that alien can make a deb from a rpm, but does it works?
I saw at the DRI site that ATI Radeon 8500 is one of the cards with more openGL features, but now I want to use that, and there is no easy way to do this.
I am very angry with at all.

I knew that alien can make a deb from a rpm, but does it works?

There’s only one way to find out if it works:

  1. download Alien
  2. install
  3. try

You’ll probably need to do some reading at They’ve got a lot of docs there.

Their status page lists the Radeon 8500, so you should be able to get it working.

A quick googling turned this up:

dont even try… the non comercial drivers sucks a lot. I know its not their fault (they have done a great job) but is nothing if compared to ATI official drivers.

I get from DRI project the file r200-20021022-linux.i386.tar.bz2 wich has the right module.
I tried and get an error on X. It appears that XFree version isn’t the one for the module. I wish to know if there is some easy way to install it for the version I am running or if there is a way to install a new xserver, not from the source, but with a deb package.

Here is where my X exits:

(II) LoadModule: “radeon”
(II) Loading /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/drivers/radeon_drv.o
(II) Module radeon: vendor=“The XFree86 Project”
compiled for 4.2.0, module version = 4.0.1
Module class: XFree86 Video Driver
ABI class: XFree86 Video Driver, version 0.5
(EE) module ABI minor version (5) is newer than the server’s version (4)
(II) UnloadModule: “radeon”
(II) Unloading /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/drivers/radeon_drv.o
(EE) Failed to load module “radeon” (module requirement mismatch, 0)
(II) LoadModule: “mouse”
(II) Loading /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/input/mouse_drv.o
(II) Module mouse: vendor=“The XFree86 Project”
compiled for, module version = 1.0.0
Module class: XFree86 XInput Driver
ABI class: XFree86 XInput driver, version 0.2
(EE) No drivers available.

If someone already fix this problem, please send me an reply.

Thank you.

Someone knows how to setup a Radeon 8500 on Debian?

Thank you.

I installed .deb packages from DRI site and now I got 1200 FPS in glxgears!

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