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  • ATI fglrx 8.30.3 Display Drivers

    Hitting on Halloween/the last day of the month is the ATI/AMD 8.30.3 Display Drivers!

    No new features are in this release, but there is a chunk of resolved issues:

    * Users with X Server X.org 7.1 can now play video using XV. The ATI AVIVO Video adaptor is now present. Further details and the workaround can be found in topic number 737-22852
    * When failing to change the TV format the aticonfig --tv-info no longer report the failed TV format. Further details and the workaround can be found in topic number 737-23431
    * Using the MPlayer to play a video file followed by dragging any window over top of the player no longer results in corruption being noticed and the video file pausing. Further details and the workaround can be found in topic number 737-23432
    The Fedora Core 6 packaging scripts have also been included. So try them out and report back if there are any problems (mainly interested in the fglrxcontrolpanel problem).

    The Phoronix ATI 8.30.3 Review can be found @ http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=7715

    As always, we share all of the details down to the performance numbers and changes not mentioned in the official log.

    The ATI 8.30.3 Release Notes are at https://a248.e.akamai.net/f/674/9206...ux_8.30.3.html

    x86/x86_64 Download: https://a248.e.akamai.net/f/674/9206...ler-8.30.3.run
    Michael Larabel
    http://www.michaellarabel.com/

  • #2
    These drivers don't give me a black screen now.. They lockup when the desktop starts. Have to drop back to the 8.24 drivers for the 200M chip set.

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    • #3
      Excellent, my lack of x-video is now history.

      One thing I don't get about ATI is that they gradually drop support for older drivers. So if you have a card that's a few years old and you want to run xorg 7.2, the driver won't support it. So then what?

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      • #4
        What support drop are you referring to? The R100/R200 cards have been removed since they are well, very old. The open-source Radeon drivers are excellent (pardoning the lower gaming performance). The R200 support that was recently dropped still remains in a different development branch, so ATI is capable of still releasing "legacy" drivers if they so desire. The firegl_public code between 8.28.8 and the latest drivers should remain compatible for a while, so support for new kernels, etc... can be attained that way. The R200 support was dropped to better spend the resources for developing features in the drivers that will only work on post-R200 hardware.
        Michael Larabel
        http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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        • #5
          Appears to have the same install issues as the previous version on FC6.

          cp: cannot stat `x710/usr/X11R6/bin/*': No such file or directory
          find: install/usr/bin/fireglcontrolpanel: No such file or directory

          Guess I'll wait for the livna package again.

          install log -

          [Message] Kernel Module : Trying to install a precompiled kernel module.
          [Message] Kernel Module : Precompiled kernel module version mismatched.
          [Message] Kernel Module : Found kernel module build environment, generating kernel module now.
          ATI module generator V 2.0
          ==========================
          initializing...
          cleaning...
          patching 'highmem.h'...
          assuming new VMA API since we do have kernel 2.6.x...
          Assuming default VMAP API
          doing Makefile based build for kernel 2.6.x and higher
          make -C /lib/modules/2.6.18-1.2798.fc6/build SUBDIRS=/lib/modules/fglrx/build_mod/2.6.x modules
          make[1]: Entering directory `/usr/src/kernels/2.6.18-1.2798.fc6-i686'
          CC [M] /lib/modules/fglrx/build_mod/2.6.x/firegl_public.o
          /lib/modules/fglrx/build_mod/2.6.x/firegl_public.c:89:26: error: linux/config.h: No such file or directory
          /lib/modules/fglrx/build_mod/2.6.x/firegl_public.c:456: warning: initialization from incompatible pointer typ
          e
          /lib/modules/fglrx/build_mod/2.6.x/firegl_public.c: In function ‘firegl_stub_open’:
          /lib/modules/fglrx/build_mod/2.6.x/firegl_public.c:579: warning: assignment discards qualifiers from pointer
          target type
          /lib/modules/fglrx/build_mod/2.6.x/firegl_public.c: In function ‘__ke_smp_call_function’:
          /lib/modules/fglrx/build_mod/2.6.x/firegl_public.c:3898: warning: passing argument 1 of ‘smp_call_function’ f
          rom incompatible pointer type
          make[2]: *** [/lib/modules/fglrx/build_mod/2.6.x/firegl_public.o] Error 1
          make[1]: *** [_module_/lib/modules/fglrx/build_mod/2.6.x] Error 2
          make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/kernels/2.6.18-1.2798.fc6-i686'
          make: *** [kmod_build] Error 2
          build failed with return value 2
          [Error] Kernel Module : Failed to compile kernel module - please consult readme.
          Last edited by shinytoaster; 11-01-2006, 08:14 PM.

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          • #6
            See http://phoronix.net/forums/showthread.php?t=318 there for fireglcontrolpanel fix.
            Michael Larabel
            http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Michael View Post
              See http://phoronix.net/forums/showthread.php?t=318 there for fireglcontrolpanel fix.
              Thanks for that but I thought they said they fixed install issues on FC6...

              Don't want to jump through hoops to install a driver, I'll just wait for the livna package, which worked for me last time.

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              • #8
                Whoa, 8.30 sucks again!
                Still no GLX_EXT_tfp support

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                • #9
                  I didn't see it mentioned, but does the 8.30 release have support for AIGLX?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by afterburntdw View Post
                    I didn't see it mentioned, but does the 8.30 release have support for AIGLX?
                    No, 8.30.3 doesn't support AIGLX.
                    Michael Larabel
                    http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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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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