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Google Earth SFS for Xenialpup/Slacko 560/570/Racy 55
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Mike Walsh


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PostPosted: Thu 30 Nov 2017, 19:45    Post subject:  

Hi, Devonian.

Mm. O-kay. Well, I can describe the steps required to do this, but it won't work for you if you're not running ATI/AMD Radeon graphics. Which I am, y'see.

First step would be helpful to know what Puppy you're running; this will only work in a 64-bit Pup, like Tahr64 or Slacko64.....or Xenialpup64, etc.

Secondly, I would need to know the make & model of your graphics card. Do this for me, would you? Open a terminal (Menu->Utility->Urxvt terminal emulator), and enter the following:-

Code:
lspci -vnn | grep VGA -A 12


The symbol in the middle is the 'pipe' symbol (found immediately to the left of the 'z' on UK keyboards).....or, you can copy'n'paste this, if you want to. To copy'n'paste in Puppy, left-clk & drag to highlight ('copy'), followed by middle-click (click the scroll wheel) to 'paste'. One of Pup's little peculiarities, this; you'll soon get the hang of it. Once you've pasted it, press 'Enter', then please repeat the process to paste the output into your reply.

You should get something similar to this:-

Code:
# lspci -vnn | grep VGA -A 12
01:05.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: ATI Technologies Inc RS480 [Radeon Xpress 200G Series] [1002:5954] (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
   Subsystem: Micro-Star International Co., Ltd. Device [1462:7141]
   Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 64, IRQ 17
   Memory at d0000000 (32-bit, prefetchable) [size=256M]
   I/O ports at ef00 [size=256]
   Memory at fdbf0000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=64K]
   [virtual] Expansion ROM at fdb00000 [disabled] [size=128K]
   Capabilities: [50] Power Management version 2
   Kernel driver in use: radeon


It will also tell me what kernel driver is in use; in Linux, all your drivers are contained in the kernel. There is rarely, if ever, any need to 'install' drivers in Linux.....although there's always exceptions to the rule. By and large, the open-source graphics drivers are perfectly adequate for most things. Smile

When we've determined what your card is, we can add the appropriate 'mode-setting' entry to the kernel line.....


Mike. Wink

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PostPosted: Sun 11 Nov 2018, 22:27    Post subject:  

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

For anyone running the 6-series Google Earth who (like me) has found in recent days that it no longer works, the reason is quite simple; Google have finally switched off the servers for this particular version.

Because Google Earth uses both client-side code (the stuff running on your box) and server-side code (the stuff running on Google's servers 'in the cloud'), if one or the other no longer functions, that's it. No cigar.

The only recourse is to switch to one of the available 7-series packages, I'm afraid. And even those probably won't last that much longer, due to the fact that Google have made current versions of Earth 'web-based' only.....for which you need WebGL-capable hardware. And for this, you need to enable hardware acceleration. And guess what?

Google don't support hardware acceleration under Linux. The 'flag' for this doesn't actually do anything. Grrr..!!

https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2018/10/hardware-acceleration-chrome-linux


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