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  • #16
    So this update basically just adds the (ARCH) community-lead patches. I can use the legacy driver (13.1) with kernel 3.8.xx already - big deal... The problem is Xorg support - no sign of AMD actually doing any work on this - THEMSELVES??

    Folk are only going to upgrade to an Nvidia card after getting this level of after-sales support!! I can run my 8800 GTX - ancient history compared to the Radeon 4xxx(M) series - with the latest display driver, Xorg and kernel versions - when using the proprietary Nvidia driver.

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    • #17
      Hmm just wondered is there same opengl4.3 features added as windows drivers :
      Feature Highlights of AMD Catalyst™ 13.4
      *snip useless d3d part information*
      Delivers support for the following OpenGL 4.3 features:
      GL_ARB_compute_shader
      GL_ARB_multi_draw_indirect
      GL_ARB_shader_storage_buffer_object
      GL_ARB_arrays_of_arrays
      GL_ARB_clear_buffer_object
      GL_ARB_ES3_compatibility
      GL_ARB_explicit_uniform_location
      GL_ARB_fragment_layer_viewport
      GL_ARB_invalidate_subdata
      GL_ARB_program_interface_query
      GL_ARB_shader_image_size
      GL_ARB_stencil_texturing
      GL_ARB_texture_buffer_range
      GL_ARB_texture_query_levels
      GL_ARB_texture_storage_multisample
      Does anyone installed them, please show glxinfo.

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      • #18
        the catalyst driver for linux and windows is the same code. so whatever features are changed applies to both OS's

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        • #19
          Originally posted by bobwya View Post
          So this update basically just adds the (ARCH) community-lead patches. I can use the legacy driver (13.1) with kernel 3.8.xx already - big deal... The problem is Xorg support - no sign of AMD actually doing any work on this - THEMSELVES??

          Folk are only going to upgrade to an Nvidia card after getting this level of after-sales support!! I can run my 8800 GTX - ancient history compared to the Radeon 4xxx(M) series - with the latest display driver, Xorg and kernel versions - when using the proprietary Nvidia driver.
          There was no chance xserver 1.14 support will come with this official release.
          Simply because the public beta drivers didn't feature it.
          *Maybe*, since we have new an official release, we can hope that the next beta releases have xserver 1.14 support.

          Now waiting for 13.4 hitting Arch...

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Vim_User View Post
            Originally posted by uid313,327503
            Doesn't this work with X.org Server 1.14 and 1.15?
            It doesn't.
            Argh... Why do they make me hate supporting the development of their open driver by not supporting current X.org releases with their closed driver? My next gaming GPU will be back to Nvidia unless something changes.

            =-Jameson

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            • #21
              Any news on whether a new legacy driver for r600 owners will be released now that 13.04 is out?

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              • #22
                Backlight adjustment still broken (http://ati.cchtml.com/show_bug.cgi?id=711). Every beta since 13.1 has been like this. It's good to know that they incorporate user feedback!..
                It's not even on the release notes. Honestly it's hard to think they care.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by tuke81 View Post
                  Hmm just wondered is there same opengl4.3 features added as windows drivers :


                  Does anyone installed them, please show glxinfo.
                  Yes, They appear in glxinfo.

                  For me the driver is as stable as 13.2beta7 (that is, it just doesn't go right from intel igpu to dgpu and vsync does not work, and not fully stable when switching from dgpu to igpu without restarting). 13.3beta3 didn't work well with me (kernel bug at each shutdown).

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by [Knuckles] View Post
                    Backlight adjustment still broken (http://ati.cchtml.com/show_bug.cgi?id=711). Every beta since 13.1 has been like this. It's good to know that they incorporate user feedback!..
                    It's not even on the release notes. Honestly it's hard to think they care.
                    Hi, but the backlight control works ?!?! ... For example, under Kubuntu and without any problems - which you have entries in grub and what kernel? look to my channel on YouTube and you'll see there backlight control - I don't give You link to this, because my comment does not appear ... again ;/

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by [Knuckles] View Post
                      Backlight adjustment still broken (http://ati.cchtml.com/show_bug.cgi?id=711). Every beta since 13.1 has been like this. It's good to know that they incorporate user feedback!..
                      It's not even on the release notes. Honestly it's hard to think they care.
                      Does setting the brightness from the GUI menus in KDE / Gnome / <insert preferred DE here> work, or is it completely borked?

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by Silverthorn View Post
                        It is nice to get rid of the stupid watermark. At least for a while.
                        Hey, are you aware that you can easily get rid of the watermark? It's caused by a hash in /etc/ati/signature. Without a valid string in that file, it displays the watermark. With the beta drivers, it ships with the word "UNSIGNED" in place of the signature. Simply copy the string from the last release and it will work without the watermark. For example, I'm (still... haven't upgraded yet) using the 13.3 beta, and simply used the string from the 13.1 release. I wouldn't normally use a beta, but it was easier than adapting patches to get the back end to compile with Linux 3.8.x.

                        Code:
                        b707d1012f4412b1c0f865b95bee38e0:8e29e1311d692383f0c1578136c309d48f32e6326c6953e589d85d8b6edb0ad0:8f62e3384a752180f19c538069dd00d3d137b2301a732a80f3ce068a6bd75cd48f61e2334a722183f69b53806edd5dd58f3eb5391a202ad3f69d01db6b8f5cd0
                        There are other, more involved methods of actually replacing some bits in the xorg driver library fglrx_drv.so using objdump, awk and sed but the above seems to be the easiest and most harmless.

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by Sonadow View Post
                          Does setting the brightness from the GUI menus in KDE / Gnome / <insert preferred DE here> work, or is it completely borked?
                          I use the keyboard keys, but the ubuntu gui pops up an thinks the backlight is being adjusted (but it doesn't change).

                          It's definitely a regression, because every version <= 13.1 works, you install 13.4 and it stops working, and you revert to the older packages and it works again.

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                          • #28
                            And again TF2 perfomance issues!
                            With 13.3 beta3 (from late march) TF2 game play was smooth, with 13.4 it freezes with 2 seconds interval.

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                            • #29
                              still using 13.3 beta3 atm. just considered to upgrade to 13.4, but i guess no.

                              and wtf is this?

                              [373909]: Driver install via .deb package will cause OS desktop corruption
                              seriously?

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by oldskool69 View Post
                                still using 13.3 beta3 atm. just considered to upgrade to 13.4, but i guess no.

                                and wtf is this?



                                seriously?
                                I'm guessing that this means that if you install this driver from your desktop, you end up with the new version installed while at the same time you are still running with the last version (since this was loaded when your desktop started compositing, if it uses opengl). And it probably causes strange behaviors.

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