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  • AMD 8.36.5 Driver -- The Still no fglrx AIGLX Support Edition

    A new driver is out! 8.36.5 features an updated Catalyst Control Center for Linux, Linux 2.6.20 support, and some bug fixes for AGP cards using PCI-E chips. No major changes outside of that.

    Download Link: https://a248.e.akamai.net/f/674/9206...x86.x86_64.run
    Release Notes: https://a248.e.akamai.net/f/674/9206...ux_8.36.5.html

    Originally posted by Phoronix
    Last month the AMD Catalyst Control Center Linux Edition had entered the world with mixed opinions by the ATI/AMD Linux user community. In our 8.35.5 Linux driver review we had looked at the Linux version of the Catalyst Control Center quite extensively. This new control center replaced the old fireglcontrolpanel and in our opinion was a huge move for AMD. However, the negativity against the Catalyst Control Center has been by those seeking the much overdue AIGLX support. While today's 8.36.5 release doesn't contain AIGLX support, it does contain a few changes worth mentioning.
    However, from the article:

    Originally posted by Phoronix
    While not marked in the official release notes, there have been some "under the hood" changes with the fglrx 8.36 driver. In this driver are two new files: esut.a and glesx.so. These are new X.Org modules for the fglrx driver and specifically involve TexturedVideo and OpenGL ES. The changes that stem from this should be very interesting and when the time comes for its implementation we will be sure to share all of the details.
    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=9521

    (This is also the last review until the "new Phoronix" on Friday)
    Michael Larabel
    http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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    OpenGL ES
    oooh... does that mean that theres Linux support for the Imageons in the works? (for MIPS/SH/ARM/PPC even?)

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    • #3
      Digg Link: http://www.digg.com/linux_unix/ATI_8...river_Released
      Michael Larabel
      http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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      • #4
        i'm going back to 8.35, and waiting for 8.37. this is the worst release ever for me.

        even simple mpeg videos (~400x300 resolution) are unfiltered and skip awfully now (every second). it makes an impresison that 2d acceleration dissapeared somewhere, although xvinfo says that everything's ok.

        yes, the release notes mention it, but i didn't expect that the issues were so serious. i thought that there was minor tearing on video, but it's really bad.
        Last edited by yoshi314; 04-18-2007, 01:10 PM.

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        • #5
          Yeah, visible decrease.
          Anyway, Ubuntu 7.04 is out tomorrow so I guess they rushed to release this with the new kernel support.

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          • #6
            weird. does ati really care about ubuntu that much?

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            • #7
              It hasn't anything to do with Ubuntu, be sure!

              Interesting as I had the VERY annoying problem which is hopefully fixed now (console switching crash). Will test it later this week...

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              • #8
                ATI did not time this release for Ubuntu Feisty Fawn...
                Michael Larabel
                http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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                • #9
                  I can confirm the video playback problem. Although glxinfo, xvinfo and xine-check report full acceleration, cpu shoot up to 30-40% from 0-2% in the 8.35.5 release. Best option for me is to disable video overlay. As I had done in all previous releases due to the cropping bug on tv-out. Intrestingly enough, the cropping bug on tv-out is gone, but so did the acceleration. In addition, video on my primary CRT monitor segfaults X.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by yoshi314 View Post
                    even simple mpeg videos (~400x300 resolution) are unfiltered and skip awfully now (every second). it makes an impresison that 2d acceleration dissapeared somewhere, although xvinfo says that everything's ok.
                    What card do you have? I have absolutely no problems playing
                    1080p videos on the mobility9600

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                    • #11
                      I already test it:


                      Sapphire X1650 pro AGP 512MB

                      openSUSE 10.2 x86-64

                      Kernel 2.6.20.6


                      Switch to text mode and back to X is working now!


                      I noticed better performance moving and resizing windows.


                      I use openGL to playback videos on mplayer and xine and so far i have not noticed any problems, working as 8.35.5 did.


                      PS: When switching to text mode sound playback stops while been there and back to work when return to X.
                      Last edited by hobbes; 04-18-2007, 05:33 PM.

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                      • #12
                        At first it appeared that ATI had finally gotten it right. Drivers install fine on 2.6.20.x kernels, no problems. First install, no problems. amdccle install of course still not working, but that's irrelevant. But then on further testing, we discovered that on debian sid based systems, on driver deb uninstall, something is going wrong, this has been confirmed by two users so far.

                        When they start x after the reinstall (not the initial 8.36.5 install, which is fine for them) of 8.36.5, they see screen and font corruptions. symptoms include icon jaggedness, weird looking fonts on desktop.

                        This is just preliminary, I don't know what the real problem is that is causing something to be changed on deb uninstall, but it's something real.

                        Installing an older driver does not appear to resolve this issue, which suggests that either a configuration file or some other xorg component was modified. Also mouse pointer was changed to 'an ugly' one, so something really changed on uninstall. We've never seen this particular issue before by the way.

                        Pulling this driver until I can get this issue resolved, although users did report higher initial framerates etc, but it's not worth the damage it's doing on reinstall..

                        Installs running 2.6.20.6 and 2.6.20.7 kernels.
                        Last edited by gfxdrone; 04-18-2007, 09:12 PM.

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                        • #13
                          Update: we've found that restoring the xorg ati driver makes the screen display correctly again. This sounds like the ati pre install uninstaller may be removing some file it's not supposed to be removing, and which fglrx needs but ati does not, since older fglrx drivers do not correct the display issues. I have the feeling that this may be enough information to figure it out, we're going to try to get a installed packages list diff between pre install and post install and pre reinstall and reinstall.

                          Unless someone can think of anything else, that's all I can think to test now.
                          Last edited by gfxdrone; 04-18-2007, 09:57 PM.

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                          • #14
                            I installed the drivers on 3 different computers and 2 linux distros, and everything is working fine, 3d opengl, playing video and tv card. all works fine.

                            AMD 3200+ Abit nf7, 1gB mem, 9600Pro agp, Fedora 6

                            P4EE 3.73ghz Asus P5WD2 Premium, X700Pro pcie, Fedora Core 6

                            P4R 550 (3.4ghz) Asus P5WD2 Premium, x850Pro pcie, Slackware 10.2
                            Last edited by glussier; 04-19-2007, 12:22 PM.

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                            • #15
                              What card do you have? I have absolutely no problems playing
                              1080p videos on the mobility9600
                              X1300Pro.

                              besides, disabling TexturedVideo, and keeping VideoOverlay on causes awful glitches with video playback (i think it appeared a couple of releases ago). i'll try tinkering with opengl overlay, then.

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