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    Phoronix: AMD Catalyst 9.8 Delivers New Kernel Support

    It's taken quite a while, but AMD has finally delivered support for the Linux 2.6.29 kernel within their Catalyst driver. The Linux 2.6.29 kernel was released in March, but it has taken until today for AMD to release any support for this kernel...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=NzQ2Mw

  • #2
    Great! Finally I can switch to F11 repos and do yum upgrade

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    • #3
      Seems to work OK in Gentoo with kernel 2.6.30-r5. Resizing/maximizing problem still there. The mplayer (gl backend) GUI corruption in KDE4 with desktop effects enabled problems seem to have been fixed though; haven't seen any menus and buttons in SMPlayer going missing/replaced with garbage yet.

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      • #4
        No change with Xv+Composite, but one thing is cool. I ran Street Fighter 4 benchmark with wine 1.1.26. Before my computer froze when I changed the resolution of the test, now it is ok. Still not playable (image is flickering) but it is a good step forward.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by rafi View Post
          No change with Xv+Composite, but one thing is cool. I ran Street Fighter 4 benchmark with wine 1.1.26. Before my computer froze when I changed the resolution of the test, now it is ok. Still not playable (image is flickering) but it is a good step forward.
          What problems do you experience with Xv+Composite?

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          • #6
            Well, like with the 9.7, the image get blurred when the window of the video player is on the left of the screen and the video is black after minimizing the video player (vlc and smplayer tested). To get the image back I just have to resize the window, so there is no real problem with Xv+composite, I just wanted to say that it didn't get better. Anyway the little improvement in wine is cool.

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            • #7
              Ho-hum. No XvBA support. So glad I switched to Nvidia for my HTPC. My 780g board is now relegated to the living room web browser 'net top'. Glad to see AMD making progress, but the lack of accelerated video support on par with VDPAU is really just sad at this point. Just sad. I'll say it again. Sad.

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              • #8
                91.7mb? Don't you just love to hate AMD/ATi

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                • #9
                  Yeeeeey!...NOT.

                  Originally posted by phoronix View Post
                  Phoronix: AMD Catalyst 9.8 Delivers New Kernel Support

                  It's taken quite a while, but AMD has finally delivered support for the Linux 2.6.29 kernel within their Catalyst driver. The Linux 2.6.29 kernel was released in March, but it has taken until today for AMD to release any support for this kernel...

                  http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=NzQ2Mw
                  After a couple of minor adjustments to my system to ditch the default Fedora setup for radeon (blacklist, mkinitrd, etc.) I managed to install the driver and it worked for almost A WHOLE MINUTE before hanging the system. NICE. FANTASTIC. AWESOME.

                  Great work guys, thanks!

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                  • #10
                    Okay, I've done fast tests comparing 9.7 and 9.8, here are the results :
                    Code:
                    glxgears :
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                    fglrx 9.7 :
                    53380 frames in 5.0 seconds = 10675.902 FPS
                    52212 frames in 5.0 seconds = 10442.344 FPS
                    54455 frames in 5.0 seconds = 10890.948 FPS
                    54634 frames in 5.0 seconds = 10926.746 FPS
                    54642 frames in 5.0 seconds = 10928.370 FPS
                    
                    fglrx 9.8 :
                    53251 frames in 5.0 seconds = 10650.068 FPS
                    53398 frames in 5.0 seconds = 10679.592 FPS
                    53512 frames in 5.0 seconds = 10702.357 FPS
                    53515 frames in 5.0 seconds = 10702.912 FPS
                    52923 frames in 5.0 seconds = 10584.525 FPS
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                    fgl_glxgears :
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                    fglrx 9.7 :
                    16354 frames in 5.0 seconds = 3270.800 FPS
                    14017 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2803.400 FPS
                    16523 frames in 5.0 seconds = 3304.600 FPS
                    14438 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2887.600 FPS
                    15332 frames in 5.0 seconds = 3066.400 FPS
                    
                    fglrx 9.8 :
                    16568 frames in 5.0 seconds = 3313.600 FPS
                    16774 frames in 5.0 seconds = 3354.800 FPS
                    16844 frames in 5.0 seconds = 3368.800 FPS
                    15977 frames in 5.0 seconds = 3195.400 FPS
                    16838 frames in 5.0 seconds = 3367.600 FPS
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                    q3a :
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                    fglrx 9.7 :
                    840.0 fps
                    772.1 fps
                    833.3 fps
                    807.3 fps
                    802.5 fps
                    
                    fglrx 9.8 :
                    660.1 fps
                    751.4 fps
                    825.7 fps
                    705.5 fps
                    537.5 fps
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                    hon :
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                    fglrx 9.7 :
                    ~60 in game
                    
                    fglrx 9.8 :
                    ~80 in game :
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                    tropics 1.2 aax2 :
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                    fglrx 9.7 :
                    30.8 fps
                    776 score
                    
                    fglrx 9.8 :
                    38.0 fps
                    957 score
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                    Okay, but don't get your hopes too high :/ although tropics improved quite a lot, but that because I've got errors in rendering :/ whole benchmark was missing water and screen was flickering before I've turned aa on so something is wrong with this drivers.

                    As for hon, well i've measured it durning a game play, so it's not really reliable because I wasn't watching the fps all the time, but I think there is a little improvement.

                    My system and rig :
                    ubuntu 9.04 amd64
                    E6550@3.15GHz
                    HD4850@stock
                    4GB DDR2-900

                    Can anyone test unigine tropics ? I'll try sanctuary now.

                    EDIT :
                    okay, I've tested few things with tropics and found out that first run gives me like 0-4fps and screen corruption (blue and black lanes). But when I change to aax2, everything is looking fine, only water is missing... BUT... when I turn on aax4 or more everything is fine ;o no screen flickering, no corruption, water is perfect... ;x it has to be driver thing :x
                    Last edited by Tares; 08-17-2009, 05:51 PM.

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