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  • #11
    That's disappointing, indeed. What is everyone's take on this? Wait for ATI to incorporate support in their drivers or switch to NV? Or, maybe it isn't a big deal anyways?

    Forgive me for asking this if already answered elsewhere, but how difficult is it to get XGL to work on FC6?

    By the way, I have an X1900XT and it's a PITA sometimes. FC6 doesn't boot until you change the xorg config.

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    • #12
      Originally posted by afterburntdw View Post
      That's disappointing, indeed. What is everyone's take on this? Wait for ATI to incorporate support in their drivers or switch to NV? Or, maybe it isn't a big deal anyways?

      Forgive me for asking this if already answered elsewhere, but how difficult is it to get XGL to work on FC6?

      By the way, I have an X1900XT and it's a PITA sometimes. FC6 doesn't boot until you change the xorg config.
      Well non-X1000 users have the open-source Radeon R200/300 drivers that support the GLX_EXT_texture_from_pixmap extension, so those desperately wanting desktop eye candy could do that.

      The wait for AIGLX support should hopefully be well worth the wait.

      I think there's sitll RPM repos for XGL on FC6, so it shouldn't be hard at all.
      Michael Larabel
      http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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      • #13
        Thanks for responding so quickly. I'm new to the forum, and I appreciate reading what other Linux users have to say!

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        • #14
          Instability..

          I experience great instability when TexturedVideo is enabled. Fglrx would totally freeze my machine after 10 mins or so. I was trying to get around a bug on tv-out which is present from the 8.20 release with no fix yet. http://www.phoronix.net/forums/showt...p?t=239&page=2 The only solution is to use OpenGL for video output, which is like watching your movie in front of a fish bowl (not that TexturedVideo is any more watchable anyway). Ubuntu 6.10, fglrx 8.30. same issues with Ubuntu 6.06, fglrx 8.29

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          • #15
            Hopefully an upcoming driver release will fix your video issues. Stay tuned.
            Michael Larabel
            http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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            • #16
              Originally posted by Michael View Post
              Hopefully an upcoming driver release will fix your video issues. Stay tuned.
              I am impressed with the instant response! I am thinking of reverting to a pre-8.20 release, but I am not sure whether it would compile with current software.

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              • #17
                It probably won't compile if you're using a recent kernel, etc... You will likely also run into problems if you're using X 6.9 or newer.
                Michael Larabel
                http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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                • #18
                  Hi Michael and others:

                  I decided to try Debian Etch. Everything loaded fine, but when I restarted the computer, the X wouldn't start. I wasn't really that surprised because FC6 wouldn't start X either. I was able to edit the xorg.conf and gave it the "radeon" driver, then grabbed the proprietary drivers from Livna. I'm not quite sure how to accomplish this from a command line in Debian. Any suggestions? Alternately, I guess I could download the drivers from another computer and burn them to a CD to use from a command line in Debian.

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                  • #19
                    I am not much of a Debian user myself, but what happens if you become root and then vim /etc/X11/xorg.conf and update it? Or from any third party Debian repositories tapping into already built fglrx packages.
                    Michael Larabel
                    http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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                    • #20
                      Michael, I have created torrents with working RPMS (For FC6) and Working Extracted installation files. I have created these for both 8.30.3 and 8.29.6 - Would it be ok for me to post these somewhere appropriate on your forum?

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