From: John Stone (
Date: Tue Feb 13 2001 - 10:06:46 CST

Hi Angelo,
  In general, you'll need:
- XFree86 4.x
- GLU library (may need a Mesa install in order to have this)
- In order to get any hardware 3-D acceleration, the video driver
  you are running in XFree86 must support DRI.

You can get further information about all of this sort of stuff
from these pages:

I don't believe you'll need any Glide library to use the board.
Also, depending on what your linux system is like, you may need to
run an "alternate" binary, which was built against different libraries.
But, you should be able to test that your hardware 3-D is working just
by doing the stuff in the XFree86 help docs..

Let me know if you need more help with this stuff..

  John Stone

On Tue, Feb 13, 2001 at 09:20:42AM -0500, Angelo R. Rossi wrote:
> Hello John Stone:
> Actually the question regarding vmd, linux, dri, mesa, etc. is very
> relevant to me. Basically I have the following
> scenario: I have a 3dfx VooDoo 5 5500 AGP graphics card that I want to
> install in my linux box and run vmd.
> Can you give me a rough overview from 10000 feet of what is required?
> What do I have to install?
> Obviously, I need XFree86 4.02 but what then? Do I need DRI, MESA, GLX,
> GLU, GLUT? Where do I
> get them? How about Glide3x? Can you please give me a level setting of
> how all this is put together on a Linux box? And how I should install
> it?
> I realize that this appeal for help is not directly related to VMD, but
> I really want to get VMD running in an
> accelerated environment. and I need to get over this barrier first.
> I really appreciate any input you can give me to my question.
> Best regards,
> Angelo
> --
> Angelo R. Rossi
> IBM Research Division
> T. J. Watson Research Center
> Yorktown Heights, New York 10598
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> Voice: 914-945-3834
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