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  • Weird window blackening/whitening/graying problem

    Windows (usually Firefox/Iceweasel) seem to get covered in black occasionally. I've seen it go white or even gray occasionally, but not often. This gets very annoying at times. I was able to get screenshots of this, too. The video card is a passively-cooled HIS Radeon HD 5570. It does have an 80mm fan zip-tied to it to prevent overheating, so I do not believe that overheating would be causing this. Temperatures of 35-50 C.

    Here is a link to a tar archive containing 3 pictures, one of the video card cooler (for the curious and interested), and two of the blackening problem.

    "Me too"s are welcome.

    Something funny about Screenshot-mod.png: A page is open about XFCE and print screens, because I wanted to figure out how to do that (and I did).

    Thank you!

  • #2
    me 2 on 10.7, ubuntu 10.4x64 and a 4870

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    • #3
      me 2 on 10.8, kubuntu 10.04 x64 LTS with a 4650.

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      • #4
        I get this on a Radeon HD 2400 Pro, the last time I used it. fglrx 10.7 I think.

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        • #5
          Yet another post, I forgot to mention that this problem is not present on my Asus Eee PC 1201T with a Radeon HD 3200 (RS780MN) GPU, yet I am using fglrx 10.7 (again, self-compiled with module-assistant). I am also using a custom kernel on this netbook and the desktop with the Radeon HD 2400 Pro I mentioned in the previous post (not the same configuration, though).

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          • #6
            Me too.
            Kernel gentoo-2.6.30-r6
            xserver 1.8.2
            Radeon 3850

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            • #7
              Does forcing use of the older XAA code paths make the problem go away ?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by bridgman View Post
                Does forcing use of the older XAA code paths make the problem go away ?
                Not for me on the ATI Radeon 2400 Pro.

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                • #9
                  After a whole day testing, I would say, not for me on the ATI Radeon 3850

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by doubledr View Post
                    After a whole day testing, I would say, not for me on the ATI Radeon 3850
                    Problem went away?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by racecar56 View Post
                      Not for me on the ATI Radeon 2400 Pro.
                      Did you make sure your X server wasn't running when doing so?
                      I (and many others I believe) have had the black/grey/white refresh issue since the new 2D accel was turned on by default in 10.6.
                      HD4670 PCIe

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by PsynoKhi0 View Post
                        Did you make sure your X server wasn't running when doing so?
                        I (and many others I believe) have had the black/grey/white refresh issue since the new 2D accel was turned on by default in 10.6.
                        HD4670 PCIe
                        Now it's totally freaking out and it makes the video card stop providing signal to the monitor.

                        Code:
                        Section "ServerLayout"
                        	Identifier     "aticonfig Layout"
                        	Screen      0  "aticonfig-Screen[0]-0" 0 0
                        EndSection
                        
                        Section "Module"
                        EndSection
                        
                        Section "Monitor"
                        	Identifier   "aticonfig-Monitor[0]-0"
                        	Option	    "VendorName" "ATI Proprietary Driver"
                        	Option	    "ModelName" "Generic Autodetecting Monitor"
                        	Option	    "DPMS" "true"
                        EndSection
                        
                        Section "Device"
                        	Identifier  "aticonfig-Device[0]-0"
                        	Driver      "fglrx"
                        	Option	    "no_accel" "on"
                        	BusID       "PCI:3:0:0"
                        EndSection
                        
                        Section "Screen"
                        	Identifier "aticonfig-Screen[0]-0"
                        	Device     "aticonfig-Device[0]-0"
                        	Monitor    "aticonfig-Monitor[0]-0"
                        	DefaultDepth     24
                        	SubSection "Display"
                        		Viewport   0 0
                        		Depth     24
                        	EndSubSection
                        EndSection
                        I have onboard video on this motherboard that could be interfering with the video card.

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                        • #13
                          I have the same problem with an Ati HD3750 card.

                          kernel 2.6.34-gentoo-r6
                          xorg-server 1.7.7-r1
                          ati-drivers 10.7 and 10.8

                          I don't know about the previous diver versions, because I was not able to start X for a couple of versions before the mentioned ones.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by bridgman View Post
                            Does forcing use of the older XAA code paths make the problem go away ?
                            How can we force the old XAA code?

                            It looks like a wired refresh problem. It usually fixes the balck areas if I move another program over the current one, or try to make a screenshot. In firefox usually the buttons (stop, refresh, etc) become black and sometimes the whole web page, sometimes only different parts of the page. It completely random and super annoying.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by ProTech View Post
                              How can we force the old XAA code?
                              I think you need to do this (all as root):

                              Make sure X is stopped first! So boot into runlevel 3 or do init 3 from a terminal:
                              # init 3

                              # aticonfig --set-pcs-str=DDX,ForceXAA,TRUE

                              Then restart X by rebooting into default graphical environment or from a terminal do:

                              # init 5

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