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  • ATI fglrx 8.26.18 Discussion (June 2006)

    They're finally here! Grab them over at ATI.



    Release Notes (New Features):

    # Hotplug Support for Digital Flat Panels
    # Thermal Event Power Management
    Phoronix 8.26.18 Coverage:

    After two delays this month ATI Technologies today released their CATALYST 6.6 and fglrx v8.26.18 drivers. Contained in the ATI Linux drivers are a fair amount of changes beyond what was found in last month's (also belated) 8.25.18 driver release. We have detailed these changes and looked after the display driver performance...
    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=6879

    Few other tidbits to discuss.... atieventsd, dynamic display management, R200 support still not fixed, possibility of Overdrive in the near future, X.Org 7.1 support coming soon.
    Last edited by Michael; 06-26-2006, 01:34 PM.
    Michael Larabel
    http://www.michaellarabel.com/

  • #2
    The Lenovo ThinkPad T60 coincidentally arrived this morning. Just finished wiping the drive, and throwing Fedora Core 5 on there with a few updates. Using the ATI 8.26.18 drivers, it had no problem with the automatic installation option, and instantly recognized the ATI Radeon Mobility X1400 with 128MB of dedicated video memory. I have yet to try out the new IBM/Lenovo display switching with the atieventsd, however, that will come shortly. The T60 was using the 2.6.17 kernel with the 8.26.18 drivers. More of these mobile reports will come soon.

    Michael Larabel
    http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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    • #3
      Alt-Fn switch back from textmode console to X still broken for me. System completely hang.
      My spec:
      Fedora Core 5 kernel 2.6.17
      Sapphire ATI x1600 Pro 256M AGP
      EPoX nForce3-250 based motherboard

      I'm write small notes about tests on my blog.

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      • #4
        DANG! I haven't even installed the previous version and another one is out!!!

        If there's any problems, I'll let everyone know.

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        • #5
          Debian etch problem.

          I've grabbed the drviers as soon as they've come out but I'm frustrated.
          I'm using debian/etch (a mixed selection of packages from stable / unstable / testing).

          I've uninstalled the other ones (8.25.x), installed 8.26 but failed. Wanted a X.org 7.0.0. Made an upgrade to X and sucseeded to install...
          Also the kernel module installation was smooth and successful...

          Now the problem is, while the kernel module says that it enabled direct rendering, I cannot use it over KDE. I'm getting mesa indirect over SGI.

          does anybody have an idea how to fix it?

          Thanks in advance.

          Oops! I forgot. I'm running a Sapphire X1600Pro (512M) over PCIe and Kernel module reports it has 256M ram. Maybe a workaround

          Edit for grammatical errors etc.
          Last edited by Silent Storm; 06-27-2006, 04:32 PM.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Silent Storm
            I've grabbed the drviers as soon as they've come out but I'm frustrated.
            I'm using debian/etch (a mixed selection of packages from stable / unstable / testing).

            I've uninstalled the other ones (8.25.x), installed 8.26 but failed. Wanted a X.org 7.0.0. Made an upgrade to X and sucseeded to install...
            Also the kernel module installation was smooth and successful...

            Now the problem is, while the kernel module says that it enabled direct rendering, I cannot use it over KDE. I'm getting mesa indirect over SGI.

            does anybody have an idea how to fix it?

            Thanks in advance.

            Oops! I forgot. I'm running a Sapphire X1600Pro (512M) over PCIe and Kernel module reports it has 256M ram. Maybe a workaround

            Edit for grammatical errors etc.
            It sounds as though you have not used the native packages (in etch), or the installer specific packages. This would most likely result in two libGL.so's being around.

            Please run 'LIBGL_DEBUG=verbose fglrxinfo' and post the results. Most likely it is using the one from /usr/lib/libGL.so rather than the ATI one installed in /usr/X11R6/lib.

            Regards,

            Matthew

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            • #7
              No, I've installed from the standart debian repo, maybe they've just updated it.

              After running LIBGL_DEBUG=verbose fglrxinfo, it said it did not find the file (the fglrx driver thing.so) and I've just created the dirs and linked it to the expected place and everything looks fine now.

              Thanks very much for your help.

              Regards,

              Hakan.

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              • #8
                Linux drivers get worst with time

                Hello everybody,

                I use the linux drivers from 2 years on my SuSE machine.
                After each release I test the drivers on my Radeon Mobility 9000 laptop and report them to the "Linux Drivers Feedback" at ATI.
                That never helped to improve or resolve the issues:


                8.25.18
                1) in Clone mode (or Mirror or Dualhead) the overlay on TV is vertically stretched (unusable) since 8.20.8
                2)problems (hangs) with multiple sessions, since 8.21.7
                NEW ENTRY:
                3)DRI not working with default installation; had to replace libGL.so.1.2 with one from 8.14.13 to solve

                8.26.18
                1) in Clone mode (or Mirror or Dualhead) the overlay on TV is vertically stretched (unusable)
                2)problems with multiple sessions
                3)DRI not working with default installation; had to replace libGL.so.1.2 with one from 8.14.13 to solve
                NEW ENTRY:
                4) switching resolution from 1400x1050 to 1024x768 results in a final resolution of ~640x400 (can't set 1024x768 on TV)

                I notice that the 8.16.20 was almost better (but lacks the new features) then the later releases. Now I'm on xorg 6.9 and I must use the latest drivers. Those guys at ATI simply ignored my bug reports (probably because my Radeon card is not so new).

                I'm so frustrated that I will think on two times before buying an ATI card on my next laptop.

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                • #9
                  robegue,

                  Had you tried posting your problem in the (unofficial) ATI Linux Bugzilla? Also, when submitting your Linux driver feedback, had you included the X.Org log, xorg.conf, and any other relevant outputs?
                  Michael Larabel
                  http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Michael
                    robegue,

                    Had you tried posting your problem in the (unofficial) ATI Linux Bugzilla? Also, when submitting your Linux driver feedback, had you included the X.Org log, xorg.conf, and any other relevant outputs?
                    I discovered the Bugzilla site only today. Some of the bugs are known, some aren't.

                    Yes I did included the logs, but for the radeon mobility cards is not supposed to have responses.

                    Greetings!

                    ATI does not provide direct technical support for laptops/notebooks at this current time (telephone or email). If you require direct technical support please contact the system manufacturer of your laptop/notebook.

                    ATI strives to continually improve our drivers and software and we thank you for taking the time to submit your feedback. The feedback you provided will be forwarded to our development team for review.

                    In the future, if you are e xperiencing a problem with a specific driver release, or if you have suggestions on how to make our drivers better, please take the time to submit your feedback at http://support.ati.com/ics/survey/survey.asp?deptID=894&surveyID=491&type=web">http://support.ati.com/ics/survey/survey.asp?deptID=894&surveyID=491&type=web">http://support.ati.com/ics/survey/su...D=491&type=web.

                    Please Note: This program is intended to gather feedback only for specific driver releases and not to solicit regular support inquiries. All support inquires will not be responded to.

                    Thank you for choosing ATI and have a great day.

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                    • #11
                      yay... now i can get a overlay on my screen just like nVidia did on Win 4 years ago... it's like on cars: stickers make them go faster!

                      (in this time nVidia asks FreeBSD kernel devs new ways to make drivers work better and faster)

                      but a 30% performance hit or a R200 broken support pale in the face of a logo.xpm

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                      • #12
                        Ati 8.26.18 x64 + FC5-x64 problems

                        Michael Thanks for that great Ati + Linux piece. It was a pleasure to read about you experience with the drivers. You have had much better success than I have and I was wondering if maybe someone can nudge me in the right direction to get the Ati driver working properly.
                        System : AMD 64, 1GB ram, x1600 Ati. OS FC5-x64

                        I think I have followed the installation for 8.26.18 x64 driver from Ati. Using the installer, logs do not appear to be lethal, a few warnings about cast from pointer to integer and one maybe potentially problematic as follows
                        WARNING: could not find /lib/modules/fglrx/build_mod/2.6.x/.libfglrx_ip.a.GCC4.cmd for /lib/modules/fglrx/build_mod/2.6.x/libfglrx_ip.a.GCC4

                        However the logs report that build succeded with with return value 0. So far so good

                        aticonfig produces a workable xorg.conf file and display is ok.
                        The problem is that there does not seem to be any GL support and I was wondering what I might have missed along the way.
                        Trying to run fireglcontrolpanel gives: fireglcontrolpanel: error while loading shared libraries: /usr/lib/libGL.so.1: cannot restore segment prot after reloc
                        I am not quite sure what that means.
                        google-earth gives the same message., glxgears does not run. etc. etc.
                        Can anyone provide some insight into what I missed? Thanks in advance.
                        I apologize for the length but I thought it better to be complete than having to do multiple posts to fill in details.

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                        • #13
                          Yekuva,

                          Welcome to the forums. Had the previous 8.25.18 drivers worked for you or is this your first shot installing them? What kernel are you using with FC5? Was this after using the automatic installation process or using the Livna RPMs?
                          Michael Larabel
                          http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Michael
                            Yekuva,

                            Welcome to the forums. Had the previous 8.25.18 drivers worked for you or is this your first shot installing them? What kernel are you using with FC5? Was this after using the automatic installation process or using the Livna RPMs?

                            Sorry,
                            kernel is 2.6.17-1.2157_FC5 x86_64 #1 SMP. I did not try the 8.25.18 drivers on FC5. I had issues with it on Kubuntu badger and so did not bother with trying it. I did have the livna rpms installed.
                            Do I need to remove them??
                            Ta for the response

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                            • #15
                              So you used the ATI official installer on top of the Livna packages? What were the problems you encountered with those RPMs? You could try uninstalling those, and then reuse the automatic installation method again from the official binary.
                              Michael Larabel
                              http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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