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  • #16
    Tips for building on F11?

    I just tried building it on F11 i386. At some point it just hangs. It would have been *really* nice if this 9.7 release had support for 2.6.29+ and Fedora 11. Now it's another month of waiting and hoping. Unless someone succeeds in making this driver build & install on F11. In that case I sure would appreciate a hint or two. Thanks!

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    • #17
      I can confirm that Xvideo + Compositor improved a lot in this release. That really nice considering it is not mentioned in the release note. Thank you very much ATI

      Tested on Xubuntu 9.04 with HD4870

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      • #18
        After finally trying it out, it appears this driver is badly broken. RandR is not fixed, killing a newly spawned X causes a black screen, and the system now crashes more regularly. Other than non-laggy video playback, this driver doesn't really offer anything. Glxgears also flickers with composite.

        This driver is unusable to me without multiple x screens. Someone do

        Code:
        X :3 -ac -terminate
        if you want to do a restart.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by TrentZ View Post
          consider that AMD's website *still* claims you must install 32-bits libs to use Catalyst if you have a x86_64 system (oh, but that means if only if you want to use 32-bit apps, go figure! ).
          Which is a very disappointing thing, because Gentoo still requires multilib to install these drivers [1]. And once you go no-multilib, you can't go back [2].

          I'm happy that AMD is releasing drivers for Linux at all - they help many more ATI/linux users than not - but the continued ambiguity with this is a real bummer.

          [1] http://sources.gentoo.org/viewcvs.py...ld?view=markup

          [2] http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/gentoo-...q.xml#multilib

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          • #20
            Originally posted by rafi View Post
            I can confirm that Xvideo + Compositor improved a lot in this release. That really nice considering it is not mentioned in the release note. Thank you very much ATI

            Tested on Xubuntu 9.04 with HD4870
            Are you not experiencing the resizing delays any more?

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            • #21
              Originally posted by PuckPoltergeist View Post
              As far as I can see, it will only need some minor changes to the patches...
              yep.

              just putting the warning out there that the current patches arnt enough for .30 compat and will leave you with broken drivers under that kernel.

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              • #22
                Catalyst 9.7 gave me a huge boost in fps in wine + eve-online when using fbo offscreen rendering mode. I was running 30 - 55 fps in space and now I'm running 65 - 90 fps. Over 100 in a station

                I'm guess it's because of the new vertex array bgra extension.

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                • #23
                  Wow, just wow. They can't support a 4 month old kernel. I guess looking at the community patches would be too much work..

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                  • #24
                    Does this patch still work for 9.7?

                    http://www.phoronix.com/forums/showp...&postcount=153

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                    • #25
                      I can't remember the last time there was a catalyst released and the title didn't read "Catalyst x.x released. nothing much new"

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by bridgman View Post
                        I guess the key point is that the support statements should be "AND-ed" not "OR-ed". We'll try to make that more clear.
                        No, I think the key is, AMD/ATI developers are doing absolutely nothing, I really hope AMD CEO can see the inefficiency of his team. I really doubt he has been able to appreciate this situation. So I guess, it will require a more aggressive approach by the users. One month to get such a worthless piece of bad software without any new features, just a few very very poor bug fixes, and support for a distribution that is as outdated as can be. Guys, come on, start supporting Linux, not some distributions.

                        Is a shame all my computers and all my hardware I have lying around is from AMD. But I tell you, no more I will buy AMD ever again, and will enthusiastically tell others to do the same.

                        I know it is worthless to direct any message to you guys, since you never hear the consumer, and never will. But soon, more than it has happened thus far, it will hurt the company.

                        Still concentrating in a very bad OSS driver with no 3D support, so we only have two half-backed alternatives. Can't we have one fully backed driver?
                        Last edited by kensai; 07-23-2009, 10:53 PM.

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                        • #27
                          yup, this months driver release is absolutely worthless - with no improvements.

                          which perfectly explains why several people posted about big improvements with this driver. wait....

                          yes newer kernel support would be great, and yes, they should get on that, however, i had absolutely no problems installing this on 64-bit arch with 2.6.30, and as noted, video playback with compositing is better (though not perfect) and i'm getting better frame-rates in some games.

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by AdrenalineJunky View Post
                            yup, this months driver release is absolutely worthless - with no improvements.
                            Yeah, I suspect if every new version had enough new features to keep Michael happy, they'd soon start including everything including the kitchen sink and neighbour's gold fish. I don't personally see what's wrong with just pushing bug fixes and performance fixes in new versions.

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by kensai View Post
                              No, I think the key is, AMD/ATI developers are doing absolutely nothing, I really hope AMD CEO can see the inefficiency of his team. I really doubt he has been able to appreciate this situation. So I guess, it will require a more aggressive approach by the users. One month to get such a worthless piece of bad software without any new features, just a few very very poor bug fixes, and support for a distribution that is as outdated as can be. Guys, come on, start supporting Linux, not some distributions.

                              Is a shame all my computers and all my hardware I have lying around is from AMD. But I tell you, no more I will buy AMD ever again, and will enthusiastically tell others to do the same.

                              I know it is worthless to direct any message to you guys, since you never hear the consumer, and never will. But soon, more than it has happened thus far, it will hurt the company.

                              Still concentrating in a very bad OSS driver with no 3D support, so we only have two half-backed alternatives. Can't we have one fully backed driver?
                              Yeah, this is basically the bitching that I've been doing for nearly two years now. Yet fglrx is still shitty, and they can't seem to spend the couple of hours, if even that it would take to get the driver to use the latest kernel. Yes, people do USE the latest kernels, because they don't want to be stuck in the past like the other operating systems.

                              And no, I'm not bitching about "something that's free". I'm bitching because of the problems involved in getting a STABLE driver that supports all of the features of the hardware that was paid for. I can't do shit with the hardware if there isn't driver support for it.

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                              • #30
                                Would be nice to actually be able to use the accelerated video decoding someday. And doesn't it seem strange that video decoding, which is pretty squarely a consumer issue, is only supported in fglrx which is supposedly a workstation driver?

                                It's time to tell the MPAA to FOAD and quit with all this DRM foolishness. It's a waste of hardware, and a waste of intellect...

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