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    Phoronix: AMD Catalyst 12.11 Beta Linux Driver Released

    AMD Catalyst 12.10 for Linux was only officially released two days ago, but already there's a Catalyst 12.11 beta for Tux...

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

  • #2
    You can forget 12.10 driver, but this driver has at least h264 l5.1 for xvba active without hacks and i was able to play 2 rage missions with it, older drivers crashed much earlier. Well fglrx improves, but slowly... A driver update for legacy cards would be nice as well. Btw. remove the -catalyst extra name from 12.10 and 12.11-beta, it really sucks.

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    • #3
      From what I've read about the Windows 12.11beta they have made a lot of changes to improve chips based on GCN (7850, 7870, 7950, 7970), I assume similar changes in the linux drivers too?

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      • #4
        Does it support XOrg 13?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by alexThunder View Post
          Does it support XOrg 13?
          Yes, like 9.00 from Ubuntu repo that published in Ubuntu repository one month ago. They also implement 7970M support and fix some OpenCL issues of Ubuntu packages (OpenCL x86 applications now works on x86_64, clinfo now executable).

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          • #6
            Originally posted by RussianNeuroMancer View Post
            Yes, like 9.00 from Ubuntu repo that published in Ubuntu repository one month ago. They also implement 7970M support and fix some OpenCL issues of Ubuntu packages (OpenCL x86 applications now works on x86_64, clinfo now executable).
            I know about the driver in the repos, but my 7970M is only supported since 12.10.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Kano View Post
              this driver has at least h264 l5.1 for xvba active without hacks
              May you post "amdconfig --get-pcs-key=MCIL,HWUVD_H264Level51Support" output from your setup please? AFAIK High@L5.1 is still not enabled by default (due to problems on some hardware).

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              • #8
                Originally posted by RussianNeuroMancer View Post
                They also implement 7970M support
                For standalone cards and not "amd enduro" I guess?

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                • #9
                  Exactly for Enduro.

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                  • #10
                    @RussianNeuroMancer

                    That key is not needed anymore.

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                    • #11
                      no 3D?

                      ugh, I get the watermarks: the "testing only" and another symbol, meaning "no 3D"
                      From Xorg.0.log :
                      [ 27.446] (EE) fglrx(0): atiddxDriScreenInit failed. Probably kernel module missing or incompatible.
                      [ 27.446] (WW) fglrx(0): ************************************************** *********
                      [ 27.446] (WW) fglrx(0): * DRI initialization failed *
                      [ 27.446] (WW) fglrx(0): * kernel module (fglrx.ko) may be missing or incompatible *
                      [ 27.446] (WW) fglrx(0): * 2D and 3D acceleration disabled *
                      [ 27.446] (WW) fglrx(0): ************************************************** *********

                      $ fglrxinfo
                      X Error of failed request: BadRequest (invalid request code or no such operation)
                      Major opcode of failed request: 155 (ATIFGLEXTENSION)
                      Minor opcode of failed request: 66 ()
                      Serial number of failed request: 13
                      Current serial number in output stream: 13
                      $ lspci | grep -i vga
                      00:01.0 VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI BeaverCreek [Radeon HD 6520G]
                      01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI Whistler [AMD Radeon HD 6600M Series]
                      (HD 6520g + HD 6750M)
                      $ uname -a
                      Linux hostname 3.5.0-18-generic #29-Ubuntu SMP Fri Oct 19 10:26:51 UTC 2012 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
                      (Ubuntu quantal)
                      Did I mess with something? Please, Help me :/

                      EDIT: ok, I don't know what happened:
                      $ modinfo fglrx
                      ERROR: modinfo: could not find module fglrx
                      Apparently, the DEBs didn't generate the module? I'm confused...
                      Last edited by asdfblah; 10-24-2012, 12:54 PM.

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                      • #12
                        @asdfblah

                        I take it you've already installed the "linux-headers-generic" package before installing the driver?
                        Make sure to have that (if you haven't). It's dump it was missing in the first place from default Ubuntu .. xD
                        In fact make sure all the other dependencies are also installed, if you haven't that is.
                        Another possible mistake is to forget to run "sudo amdconfig --initial -f" to generate a xorg.conf file.
                        If it's not that, it might be the driver's fault .. :/
                        If you get it running, you'll still likely have the watermark, but there's a workaround for that ..

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Kano View Post
                          That key is not needed anymore.
                          I just check 9.01 with latest XBMC-XvBA. Still no High@L5.1 without this key. Test sample is "Pole to Pole".

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Rigaldo View Post
                            @asdfblah

                            I take it you've already installed the "linux-headers-generic" package before installing the driver?
                            Make sure to have that (if you haven't). It's dump it was missing in the first place from default Ubuntu .. xD
                            In fact make sure all the other dependencies are also installed, if you haven't that is.
                            Another possible mistake is to forget to run "sudo amdconfig --initial -f" to generate a xorg.conf file.
                            If it's not that, it might be the driver's fault .. :/
                            If you get it running, you'll still likely have the watermark, but there's a workaround for that ..
                            Ahh, yeah, thank you. there was a problem when installing the -headers package that I didn't see. also, apparently I still had the fglrx-updates package. It's fixed now. again, thanks!.

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                            Does anyone know how to run both cards at the same time in a dual graphics setup (mine is HD 6520g + HD 6750M)?
                            Say, I want app X to use OpenCL on one card, while running X server on the other card. Is it possible?
                            Last edited by asdfblah; 10-24-2012, 01:23 PM.

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                            • #15
                              @RussianNeuroMancer

                              Are you sure that you stopped X, rmmod fglrx, rm /etc/ati/amdpcsd before you tested it?

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