Accelerated-X Summit 2.1 (With Radeon 8500 Support)

February 19th, 2002 by Alkini

Xi Graphics has released version 2.1 of Accelerated-X Summit, their commercial 2D and 3D graphics drivers for Linux. The most interesting item in the new features in this version is support for ATI’s Radeon 8500.

Thanks to Arne Schmitz for pointing out this news.

So, as an aside, I can’t imagine the typical gamer going for the regular price of $259, but do any of you plan to foot the introductory price of $129 for Radeon 8500 support?

11 Responses to “Accelerated-X Summit 2.1 (With Radeon 8500 Support)”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    I would pay the $129 after giving it a try to see if it worked for me. It looks to me like their support of the 8500 is full-fledged too (i.e. no missing T&L engine support, etc.). I used to use an XI Graphics X setup on a laptop I had with some obscure chipset. It worked great for me.

  2. dTd Says:

    I thought the radeons were supported in XFree86 4.2

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Can this thing run all existing X aplications and games?

  4. Anonymous Says:

    | My games won’t play in fullscreen mode

    Many games try to use the XFree XVidMode extension to switch the screen to a specific resolution so that the game will occupy the full screen. There are many reasons why we will never support XFree’s VidMode extension. However, with Summit servers, an equivalent functionality can be obtained using the XiG Misc Extension (XME). On our ftp site, in the Summit/extras/src directory, there is a client-side library and a test program (in source form) that will allow client applications to list and set specific screen resolutions.

    This functionality has already been incorporated into libSDL ( and is present in it’s 1.2.4 CVS snapshot. So, those games that make use of a seperate, dynamically linked libSDL can be made to support resolution switching transparently. This has been tested on Heavy Gear II and Soldier of Fortune, by replacing their version of libSDL with the new version compiled with XME support.

    Other games, like Quake 3 do not appear to use libSDL, or if they do, they link it in statically. This is unfortunate, but we can’t do anything about them.

    that sounds like too much of a headache.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    Voodoo 4/5 are now supported(although I am not sure to what level)

  6. vardamir Says:

    I wish Tungsten Graphics had the resources that XiG has (or the skills?). Especially since RTCW needs a new card (even my GF2Ultra is having trouble with maxed out settings), though, the GF4Ti will probably be supported in Linux in a few weeks, if not less, which would probably be a much better purchase than the Radeon. Even so, if there was a Free (and open source) Radeon driver, I would consider saving money and going with a slightly lesser graphics card.

  7. bobcat Says:

    My friend at work installed the Xi Radeon drivers on his laptop. To be blunt, they sucked so bad he reinstalled Linux to get back to DRI. He said performance is so bad that DVD’s and any other video were totally unwatchable. Your milage may vary, and I never actually watched the system run. But I trust his judgement.

  8. Anonymous Says:

    Spend $259 on an X-server I don’t even want for accelerated drivers plus another $150 for the card, or buy a Geforce4 Ti4400 for $299 and get near-perfect compat and awesome speed? Doesn’t seem like much of a question to me. ATI needs to pump some money into DRI and get them going again. I don’t think $150k is totally unacceptable for ATI to spend to get some good Linux drivers.


  9. Anonymous Says:

    How good are Matrox Cards under Linux?

  10. Anonymous Says:

    How come these guys can’t even show q3 for nvidia and q3 hi quality benches?

    what about gears and tuxracer?

    // note a better deal seems to be buying radeon 7500 retail ddr – $90 and then buying the $90 xig driver. t&l and opengl

  11. PenguinTL3D Says:

    how come they dont know how to perform the nvidia q3 bench?
    what about the q3 high quality ( different res up to 1600 ) for their driver?

    // note – a good deal seems to be a xig driver for $90 with a radeon 7500 ddr retail $90 -> $180 for performance t&l opengl on linux ( and all while keeping the nvidia monopoly from winning )

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