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Enabling Crossfire on Ubuntu

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Anyone have any links to some tutorials on how to accomplish this? I've browsed Google a bit and haven't found anything. =(
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I'm not sure if it supports it, in fact I doubt it with how bad ATI drivers are for linux. But why would you need it anyways?
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I don't think fglrx does Crossfire under Linux. It's not like you will get any benefits from it (gaming sucks in Linux, and the games that do run are not that graphically demanding).
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Well, my goal is to migrate from Windows compleatly (I am currently only using it for gaming). Currently, my PC has a Crossfire setup with two ATI Radeon X1600's.

After a fresh Feisty install, I checked the box for using the ATI drivers (in the restricted drivers area) and rebooted, now however, I get a black screen at boot. Nothing comes up, and I have to end X server manually. I'm not really sure where to go from there. =P
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ATi support is horrible for linux. You're honestly better off selling the x1600's for one good nVidia card
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the ATI driver does NOT support Crossfire
And as far as needing it, linux has become the #1 platform for Hollywood Because
1) its free
2) it runs on x86 and AMD64 systems
3) it out preforms windows when rendering hevy 3D projects
That being said: it would help if Ati supported linux better and
Don't say that Crossfire or SLI is useless in linux
Its just that no one makes really good games for it
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I would agree that ATI and Linux typically don't play nicely together. They still haven't released x1950 drivers for Linux, which upsets me...

I know it isn't what you want to hear (I didn't want to either) but you're better off going nVidia if you want to use Linux to its fullest. However, you can always try downloading the drivers from ATI for Linux, and see if it might (by some off-chance) auto-detect your Crossfire...

Sorry I couldn't help more.

And about games, what about Quake 4, Doom 3, Unreal Tournament 2004, Warcraft games, etc? They all run Open GL, and thus they all should run in Linux, and some of them are rather demanding graphically.
    
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Well, what a bummer. Having spent the money for two X1600's I really don't want to sell 'em for a nice nVidia card (esp since I'd have to buy a new mobo to get the duo video cards through SLi) *shakes fist*

And I agree, I find a lot of use with my Crossfire setup in Windows currently, as I am a heavy gamer at home, the Warcraft games, and soon to be Starcraft 2 is going to rock machines w/o the power avail.

Hmmm... What a situation I'm in. =(
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Stay windows if it is your only option or dual boot and play games in windows and use linux for everything else until ATI has better support.
    
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Well, what a bummer. Having spent the money for two X1600's I really don't want to sell 'em for a nice nVidia card (esp since I'd have to buy a new mobo to get the duo video cards through SLi) *shakes fist*

And I agree, I find a lot of use with my Crossfire setup in Windows currently, as I am a heavy gamer at home, the Warcraft games, and soon to be Starcraft 2 is going to rock machines w/o the power avail.

Hmmm... What a situation I'm in. =(
No no. what he's saying is get ONE good card.

SLI and Crossfire are BOTH ****. They're too expensive for what you get. Are you sure you don't just want it for the fact that you can say you have it? Cause that's the only reason I could think of...

If you get one, you can use the same mobo. And that's my recommendation.
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