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  • Catalyst 8.11

    The Calayst 8.11 is now aviable on the AMD/ATI Webservern but wen wait for the Release Nodes.

    http://www2.ati.com/drivers/linux/64...x86.x86_64.run

    Looks Like the Driver Support now Xorg 7.4
    Last edited by Nille; 11-13-2008, 04:17 AM.

  • #2
    I got them running, although I needed to do `aticonfig --initial -f' otherwise X would start (maybe this was also the reason I couldn't get 8.10 working... didn't try to force an initial config back then).

    Anyway it works. Some impressions:
    - starting Blender still makes my top and bottom panels go black
    - tried to enable visual effects in Ubuntu 8.04 (I always have them disabled), but this cleared my desktop (except wallpaper) and my mousecursor turned in a clock thingy, but nothing happened (any way I can try to enable this in a configuration file or so?)
    - glxgears doesn't give any strange errors anymore when shutting it down


    Second impression:
    - (probably) same problem as 8.10: a dual-head configuration causes X not to start (in fact system hangs completely, cannot drop to shell with Ctrl-Alt-F1).
    - using `aticonfig --initial -f' works (causes second screen to be a copy of the first screen), when applying `aticonfig --initial=dual-head' this works too, I can even restart X with Ctrl-Alt-Backspace, but when I restart the system, my screens stay black (and I cannot get into a shell).

    For me, this probably means going back to 8.9 (as 8.10 had this problem too).
    btw: using Ubuntu 8.04.1


    Third impression:
    I tried the same approach on 8.10 to see if it really was the same problem, did:

    dpkg -P fglrx-amdcccle
    dpkg -P xorg-driver-fglrx
    dpkg -P fglrx-kernel-source

    ./ati-driver-installer-8-10-x86.x86_64.run --buildpkg Ubuntu/hardy

    dpkg -i fglrx-kernel-source_8.542-0ubuntu1_amd64.deb
    dpkg -i xorg-driver-fglrx_8.542-0ubuntu1_amd64.deb
    dpkg -i fglrx-amdcccle_8.542-0ubuntu1_amd64.deb
    aticonfig --initial -f

    reboot
    X started (never had accomplished that before with 8.10)
    logged in, opened terminal:

    aticonfig --initial=dual-head

    logged out, dual head worked nicely
    logged in, logged out
    did Ctrl-Alt-Backspace, dual head still worked
    reboot, dual head still worked (tried this a few times)

    So... very strange, it seemed to work with 8.10. So I decided to try the same approach on 8.11 (before I used the graphical installer). Followed exactly the same steps as above, except that I had some complaints when I tried installing the fglrx-kernel-source that it already existed or so. So before installing them I did:

    dpkg -r fglrx-kernel-source

    Thereafter it installed without complaints.
    Rebooted a few times with dual-head already enabled and so far X started every time.
    Not sure what causes this, but for now it seems to work again.


    Another impression:
    I think I found the source of the problems:
    Dual-head works perfectly fine with 8.10 and 8.11, as long as I don't touch the underscan/overscan option and I don't change the size of the image on my tv. Because my tv has a Pal-B standard, I changed it to that after installation. This works fine. But then I see black borders in the top and bottom of my tv screen (have an old CRT 4:3 tv, I use 1024x768 with 60Hz resolution). Everything works fine, but if I change the size settings of the tv-screen in the catalyst control center, X does not start anymore when I restart my computer (I see my tv blinking a few times but both screens stay black).
    Last edited by Heiko; 11-13-2008, 07:13 AM.

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    • #3
      Still doesn't work with my Mobility Radeon 9700. Trying to insert the kernel module, I get

      [ 1137.291557] [fglrx] Maximum main memory to use for locked dma buffers: 1169 MBytes.
      [ 1137.293424] [fglrx:drm_alloc] *ERROR* [driver] Allocating 0 bytes
      [ 1137.293487] [fglrx:firegl_init_device_list] *ERROR* Out of memory when allocating device heads
      [ 1137.293558] [fglrx:firegl_init_module] *ERROR* firegl_init_devices failed

      Does ATI know about this bug? Will it take 21 months to fix it like with the xvideo-on-tv-out-bug some time ago?

      Once again, I am pissed.
      Last edited by Stormking; 11-13-2008, 06:01 AM.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Heiko View Post
        I got them running, although I needed to do `aticonfig --initial -f' otherwise X would start (maybe this was also the reason I couldn't get 8.10 working... didn't try to force an initial config back then).
        That was the same for me. After deleting the ati driver database (/etc/ati/amdpcsdb on ArchLinux) and regenerating it with 'aticonfig --initial' 8.11 beta booted up all fine. Update to 8.11 final went all smooth and its working fine. Can't yet say if it's any better or worse than previous versions...

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        • #5
          Has anyone tried this driver with the latest X? I noticed that though the website said it is not supported, the PDF does...

          Before attempting to install the ATI Catalyst™ Linux software suite, the following software must be installed:
          • XOrg 6.8, 6.9, 7.0, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3 or 7.4
          • Linux Kernel 2.6 and above
          • glibc version 2.2 or 2.3
          • POSIX Shared Memory (/dev/shm) support is required for 3D applications
          Just wondering if that's a typo, or if I just got it wrong with the version numbers, before I try compiling everything just to find out it won't work.

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          • #6
            I just installed the driver with Xorg 7.4

            The driver installer recognized it as such and had no issue.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by octoberblu3 View Post
              I just installed the driver with Xorg 7.4

              The driver installer recognized it as such and had no issue.
              Thanks for telling, gonna re-update my F9 XServer now.
              Wish me luck

              EDIT: *sigh* 72.3 MB? c'mon AMD...
              Last edited by NeoBrain; 11-13-2008, 01:29 PM.

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              • #8
                For me this new version fixed Fullscreen OpenGL issue (partly). Mplayer now plays with OpenGL, but I can no longer use force-pbo flag with gl driver and because of that this is much slower than before and I am not able to play 1080p with OpenGL anymore.

                Version 8.10 didn't work even that well so better than nothing I guess.

                I also noticed that when using 60 or 50 Hz FullHD I have black border and that "aticonfig --set-pcs-val=MCIL,DigitalHDTVDefaultUnderscan,0" command is not fixing it anymore. When I change to 30, 25 or 24 Hz I there are no black borders (DefaultUnderscan,0 is set currently).

                Also installation of driver didn't go too well and I had to edit Makefile for kernel drivers to make it work. Installation seemed to work, but fglrx was not working since it did not compile and link most of the c-files.

                Version 8.8 is still best for me since OpenGL was working fast and nothing was broken (since XV tearing is not bug but missing feature...).

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                • #9
                  Just upgraded XServer to 1.5 and fglrx to 8.11, and works just fine.
                  Note to 64 Bit users: on the first try it gave me an error about /usr/lib/dri/fglrx_dri.so. I fixed that one by overwriting the lib file with the corresponding lib64 file. Not really clean, but works.
                  One other thing I had a problem with is that fglrx still can't detect my monitor's EDID correctly. However, at least with 8.11 fglrx falls back to a supported resolution (320x240 or so) instead of giving me a black screen because my monitor doesn't support the resolution.

                  Apart from that, great release for me

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Peruna View Post
                    Version 8.8 is still best for me since OpenGL was working fast and nothing was broken (since XV tearing is not bug but missing feature...).
                    Were you able to avoid the xv tearing problem by using opengl? If so, how did you do it?

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                    • #11
                      Yes, there is no tearing when using OpenGL even with new 8.11 driver.

                      You just need to use Catalyst Control Center and set 3d Vertical Refresh to always on (max quality).

                      mplayer -vo gl:yuv=5 video.avi


                      Works for me atleast.

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                      • #12
                        Same crap every month, now with new errors :S

                        Errors with AIGLX
                        Code:
                        (EE) AIGLX error: fglrx exports no extensions (/usr/lib64/dri/fglrx_dri.so: undefined symbol: __driDriverExtensions)
                        (EE) AIGLX: reverting to software rendering
                        amdccle crashes
                        Code:
                        #0  0x00007f90a1c32390 in strcpy () from /lib/libc.so.6
                        #1  0x00007f90a043dc3b in LnxXextOglGetInfo () from /usr/lib/libatiadlxx.so
                        #2  0x00007f90a0435f21 in ADL_Adapter_SWInfo_Get () from /usr/lib/libatiadlxx.so
                        #3  0x000000000060d91e in CADLDriver::GetSWInfo ()
                        #4  0x000000000057b5a9 in CInfoRule::GetDriverData ()
                        #5  0x000000000057b00d in CInfoRule::Initialize ()
                        #6  0x00000000005724a8 in CLDC::Initialize ()
                        #7  0x0000000000571032 in main ()
                        glxgears report over 2300fps but the window is laggy when i try to move it, and fgl_glxgears show a completly corrupted animation

                        Any ideas?

                        EDIT: trying to enable the kde compositing the X server crashes
                        Code:
                        Backtrace:
                        0: /usr/bin/X(xf86SigHandler+0x65) [0x480a9d]
                        1: /lib/libc.so.6 [0x7f8878e33130]
                        2: /usr/lib64/xorg/modules/extensions//libglx.so(__glXDeassociateContext+0x30) [0x7f8877956ffd]
                        3: /usr/lib64/xorg/modules/extensions//libglx.so(__glXContextDestroy+0xf) [0x7f8877953c15]
                        4: /usr/lib64/xorg/modules/extensions//libglx.so [0x7f8877956472]
                        5: /usr/lib64/xorg/modules/extensions//libglx.so(__glXFreeContext+0x65) [0x7f887795594b]
                        6: /usr/lib64/xorg/modules/extensions//libglx.so [0x7f887795597a]
                        7: /usr/bin/X(FreeResourceByType+0xe9) [0x4335c1]
                        8: /usr/lib64/xorg/modules/extensions//libglx.so [0x7f8877952b0d]
                        9: /usr/lib64/xorg/modules/extensions//libglx.so [0x7f8877955ab6]
                        10: /usr/bin/X(Dispatch+0x33a) [0x44813c]
                        11: /usr/bin/X(main+0x43e) [0x4312aa]
                        12: /lib/libc.so.6(__libc_start_main+0xf4) [0x7f8878e1fb74]
                        13: /usr/bin/X(FontFileCompleteXLFD+0x251) [0x430719]
                        X.Org X Server 1.5.2
                        Linux 2.6.27
                        ATI Radeon Mobility X1400
                        Last edited by codestation; 11-13-2008, 03:34 PM.

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                        • #13
                          Package build failed!

                          I wanted to try new version and I couldn't even build driver, all I got is this:

                          ./ati-driver-installer-8-11-x86.x86_64.run --buildpkg SuSE/SUSE110-IA32
                          Created directory fglrx-install.CEzyKE
                          Verifying archive integrity... All good.
                          Uncompressing ATI Proprietary Linux Driver-8.552.......... DOTS TRIMMED
                          ==================================================
                          ATI Technologies Linux Driver Installer/Packager
                          ==================================================
                          Generating package: SuSE/SUSE110-IA32
                          /tmp/ati.ciYtWR
                          Package build failed!
                          Removing temporary directory: fglrx-install.CEzyKE

                          Old version (8.10) is still building well on my configuration. Any idea?

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                          • #14
                            Driver 8.11 is NOT working for me.
                            I use 64-bit Xubuntu 8.04.1 LTS

                            8.10 used to destroy my Gaming experience in UrbanTerror and Nexiuz and other (GL screen shifted to the right and down, therefore useless)
                            but 8.11 really does not work at all

                            I use Biostar 690G AM2 motherboard with 690g Chipset (X1250).
                            I made packages for Ubuntu 8.04/Hardy and installed them and then
                            did sudo aticonfig --initial -f after that
                            and restart.

                            Driver does Not work, all I get is Ubuntu screen for setting up hardware
                            and after a while, I can only log in 800x600 vesa, I think.

                            Do Not use this 8.11 driver with Ubuntu 8.04 64-bit/amd64!

                            I reverted back to 8.10 for even to get picture on monitor.
                            I am thinking to go back to 8.9 when my games used to behave normal.
                            Last edited by Markore; 11-15-2008, 08:35 AM.

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                            • #15
                              @ NeoBrain:
                              One other thing I had a problem with is that fglrx still can't detect my monitor's EDID correctly
                              This is not necessarily a driver problem.- It could also be something very simple like an old VGA-cable or a faulty plug. I just had that myself... :-)

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