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  • AMD Catalyst 9.3 Brings OpenGL Composite Support

    Phoronix: AMD Catalyst 9.3 Brings OpenGL Composite Support

    While the Catalyst driver for Windows was released a number of days ago, the Catalyst Linux driver was missing. It has, however, been released today. AMD's Linux engineers ended up delaying the Catalyst 9.3 release so they could spend additional time tuning this driver, since it will be the last release that supports the R300 through R500 series as the support is being dropped. The significant feature that was pushed back into the Catalyst 9.3 Linux driver is improved Composite support.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=13632

  • #2
    Hurray! good work michael!

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    • #3
      I was really looking forward to this and it did look great too until...

      While there are some nice improvements in this Linux driver release, what it continues to lack is support for the Linux 2.6.29 kernel...
      ARRGH!! That's what I wanted more than anything else. No wireless for another month. Gah.

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      • #4
        http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownloa...8&lang=English

        "ATI Catalyst™ 9.2 Proprietary Linux x86 Display Driver 79.4MB 9.2 "

        no 9.3 to download :-(

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Chewi View Post
          I was really looking forward to this and it did look great too until...

          ARRGH!! That's what I wanted more than anything else. No wireless for another month. Gah.
          be cool if you use kanotix's installer 2.6.29 works becourse there is a hack!

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          • #6
            For almost a full year now I have been using the opensouce driver (Radeon) but for the sake of those users who still use Catalyst AMD/ATI should have at least have added support to xserver 1.6 and 2.6.29 Linux Kernel.

            IT would give them sometime until - hopefully - the Radeon opensource driver gets Galium/DRI2 support.
            Last edited by hobbes; 03-27-2009, 02:39 PM.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Chewi View Post
              I was really looking forward to this and it did look great too until...



              ARRGH!! That's what I wanted more than anything else. No wireless for another month. Gah.
              You might want to give compat-wireless a shot. You'll have to compile it yourself, but I think that's much more convenient than no wireless. :-)

              As for the new catalyst driver: I'm glad my laptop features an integrated intel card besides its FireGL, so I'm able to switch the AMD chip off (switchable graphics *cough*), which gets better performance (that was with 9.2 - with the lack of kernel and X support, I won't even bother trying 9.3) and lower power consumption...

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              • #8
                Good news. But the users of "deprecated" hardware are gonna get pissed. Big time As composite improves over time, they'll be stuck with 9.3 lol.

                But anyway, who cares about them. I have a new card so I'm fine. :P

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by RealNC View Post
                  Good news. But the users of "deprecated" hardware are gonna get pissed. Big time As composite improves over time, they'll be stuck with 9.3 lol.

                  But anyway, who cares about them. I have a new card so I'm fine. :P
                  In your dreams, man... we have the open driver!

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                  • #10
                    http://www2.ati.com/drivers/linux/at...x86.x86_64.run

                    Did not test much yet, but with every fglrx driver tested so far it is impossible to playback a video with 1280x536 res without a green bar below. No problem with ati oss driver. Card used: HD 3450.
                    Last edited by Kano; 03-27-2009, 03:26 PM.

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                    • #11
                      Everything working fine here!

                      Now I can play games while having composite effects!!!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Chewi View Post
                        I was really looking forward to this and it did look great too until...



                        ARRGH!! That's what I wanted more than anything else. No wireless for another month. Gah.
                        compat-wireless ?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Kano View Post
                          http://www2.ati.com/drivers/linux/at...x86.x86_64.run

                          Did not test much yet, but with every fglrx driver tested so far it is impossible to playback a video with 1280x536 res without a green bar below. No problem with ati oss driver. Card used: HD 3450.
                          I'm not sure we're talking about the same thing, but aren't you seeing the green bar at the bottom of the video that's expected when the height isn't a mutiple of 16 (536:16=33,5 here).

                          If so, it's normal, and also shows up with NVidia proprietary drivers, whatever the OS. Depending on the player there might be a hack to aleviate that, but encoding a video with a height that's not a multiple of 16 is a sign of bad encoding with most codecs (some codecs says a multiple of 8 is ok, but I wouldn't say they never showed that problem).

                          Why it wouldn't show with the ati opensource drivers is unexpected (unless you use another player, or unless the difference in hw acceleration play a part), but that would be a reason to buy ATI or not, just dump badly encoded video, they don't deserve any better.

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                          • #14
                            You can be sure it is not shown with Nvidia here. My 8800 GTS 512 (G92) shows it correctly with xv and vdpau!

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                            • #15
                              I watched both videos on the article and I'm a bit confused. On my mobile X700, which sadly won't be supported anymore by Catalysts, dragging wobbly windows have always been displayed the way it is shown in the 9.3 video, for more than 2 years now. No rendering issues or whatever. So, maybe the article should be more specific.

                              In fact, the 9.2 video looks a lot more like the issues I get when the open ati driver is used.

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