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  • AMD Catalyst 11.12 For Linux Is A Mixed Bag

    Phoronix: AMD Catalyst 11.12 For Linux Is A Mixed Bag

    A new version of AMD's Catalyst Linux graphics driver is now available...

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

  • #2
    still the same problem from 11.11

    Mplayer and VLC still cause X to crash for me on Fedora 16 with KDE. This occurs for me on my Radeon 3200HD netbook and my crossfire'd 5770s on my desktop.
    Last edited by frie2; 12-13-2011, 08:39 PM.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by frie2 View Post
      Mplayer and VLC still cause X to crash for me on Fedora 16 with KDE.
      Dito with a Radeon 4850 (it's not restricted to KDE)

      http://ati.cchtml.com/show_bug.cgi?id=337
      http://ati.cchtml.com/show_bug.cgi?id=350

      I can watch movies with totem but then I often get a sudden 'ASIC hang' after several minutes.
      Need to check this with 11.12 though.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by entropy View Post
        Dito with a Radeon 4850 (it's not restricted to KDE)

        http://ati.cchtml.com/show_bug.cgi?id=337
        http://ati.cchtml.com/show_bug.cgi?id=350

        I can watch movies with totem but then I often get a sudden 'ASIC hang' after several minutes.
        Need to check this with 11.12 though.
        Is your card recent? if not and you have had it for a while, try cleaning the fan and applying good thermal paste. I had those "ASIC hang" errors but it's because the card was getting too hot. After i cleaned it and reapplied the paste, it's been running fantastic for the last couple of days.

        Anyways, it's just a suggestion, bear in mind that YMMV.

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        • #5
          Crap... I'll wait longer for the open source driver to mature.

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          • #6
            lol yeah it's frustrating at this point. The open source radeon driver is so badass compared to fglrx in every way except for power management and glsl/opengl. I wouldn't have cared 2 years ago before Desura and the large number of native linux games these days.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by entropy View Post
              Dito with a Radeon 4850 (it's not restricted to KDE)

              http://ati.cchtml.com/show_bug.cgi?id=337
              http://ati.cchtml.com/show_bug.cgi?id=350

              I can watch movies with totem but then I often get a sudden 'ASIC hang' after several minutes.
              Need to check this with 11.12 though.
              I don't know, but for me FGLRX video acceleration works perfectly ... well only on VLC but on VLC I had no problems at all.

              I'm hoping hardware-acceleration is going to work soon on Firefox also. Will try it out again tomorrow or so when the new driver lands in the Gentoo Repos.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Ragas View Post
                I don't know, but for me FGLRX video acceleration works perfectly ... well only on VLC but on VLC I had no problems at all.

                I'm hoping hardware-acceleration is going to work soon on Firefox also. Will try it out again tomorrow or so when the new driver lands in the Gentoo Repos.
                What is your vlc version, hardware setup, and your linux flavor?

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                • #9
                  Really dissapointed also. After 4 months using the open source driver, i'm really considering switching back to nvidia (their driver still sucks, but at least I can use my desktop and play videos)

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                  • #10
                    The video crash exists since catalyst 11.11 on X server 1.11, and affects only Xv output. Xv on 1.10 and OpenGL output reportedly works fine.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by ungoliant View Post
                      Really dissapointed also. After 4 months using the open source driver, i'm really considering switching back to nvidia (their driver still sucks, but at least I can use my desktop and play videos)
                      I used to love ATi cards. But after many hours, tweaking and whatnot a new ATI card, I announced to my wife we would save money in the form of my free time if I were to go out and purchase an NVIDIA card. I did so and my machine was working perfectly in minutes.

                      Now I only use Intel on HTPC and daily use machines and Nvidia on my workstation (which is a must for CUDA).

                      Sigh again.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by frie2 View Post
                        What is your vlc version, hardware setup, and your linux flavor?
                        I use VLC version 1.1.12 on a netbook with an amd E450 processor (I believe the graphics part is called HD6320) and I am on Gentoo linux.

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                        • #13
                          You can force to use something else than xv as output, but vlc is slow by definition... I would go for xbmc or mplayer2.

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                          • #14
                            Ha ha ha! *Years* have now passed since I remember John Bridgeman saying how their new policy towards fglrx will improve this driver for the desktop in the future. The "future" has now arrived, and their driver is still a crapfest.

                            Nice job.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by RealNC View Post
                              *Years* have now passed since I remember John Bridgeman saying how their new policy towards fglrx will improve this driver for the desktop in the future.
                              Are you saying the driver has not improved, or just that there are things you still don't like ?

                              There's no "e" in Bridgman, by the way

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