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  • Going from memory here, but I think the 38xx AGP parts have been tested in this release along with one of the 2600's (Pro, I think).

    The rest are still in the pipe but may "sorta work" now.

    Not sure why the AGP support didn't show up in the release notes. Hopefully it's not because the AGP cards failed QA
    Last edited by bridgman; 05-22-2008, 01:12 AM.

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    • On Fedora 7 and Catalyst 8.4 I have 50% performance compare to performance in Windows XP, but on Fedora 9 and Catalyst 8.5, I have... black screen I tested it with kernel: 2.6.25-14 and 2.6.25.3-18 but always I have black screen on my PowerColor Radeon 2600 PRO 512MB (motherboard is Asrock K7VT6-C with VIA KT600). With new kernel I can't install previous Catalyst 8.4 without kernel patching, so now I don't have any 3d acceleration.

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      • Worked for me on Ubuntu 8.04....although it wasn't exactly easy.

        After installation all I got was input mode not supported..so after alot of fidling around in command line (init 2 or whatever its called) I finally figured out I have to manually tell it what resolution I want....entered 1440x900, rebooted and it worked.

        But I still get no desktop effects (ubuntu tells me I need to install propriatary ati driver.....great, WTF did I just do then??) and Videos play...kinda but its still not really smooth, not like in Windows.

        It's just soooooo freakign hard to get this damn Linux system even to a somewhat workable state.........:-(

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        • Try

          http://kanotix.com/files/install-fglrx-debian.sh

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          • Nadro, any obvious errors in your logs ? Might be worth trying a slightly older distro with a 2.6.24 kernel; not sure how much testing the AGP code received on newest kernels.

            the_corona, I put Hardy on a new system here and noticed some funny things with the restricted driver manager; it seemed to think fglrx was enabled and running even though I was clearly running radeon and not fglrx. When I went back and checked later the "enable" checkbox was off, which was what I expected, and when I flipped the checkbox to "on" it downloaded the 8.3 package as expected. Haven't played with 8.5 yet but I can say Firefox scrolling is really fast with a 3870
            Last edited by bridgman; 05-22-2008, 12:09 PM.

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            • Originally posted by bridgman View Post
              Nadro, any obvious errors in your logs ? Might be worth trying a slightly older distro with a 2.6.24 kernel; not sure how much testing the AGP code received on newest kernels.
              In /var/log/Xorg.1.log I can see this error:

              (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers//fglrx_drv.so
              dlopen: /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers//fglrx_drv.so: undefined symbol: miZeroLineScreenIndex
              (EE) Failed to load /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers//fglrx_drv.so
              (II) UnloadModule: "fglrx"
              (EE) Failed to load module "fglrx" (loader failed, 7)

              I think than new drivers are good and probably fixed AGP problem but it's look than drivers aren't compatible with new Fedora 9 stuff (X Server 1.4.99 / pre X Server 1.5) and this isn't only AGP cards problem, NVIDIA users has got similar problem.
              Last edited by nadro; 05-22-2008, 12:53 PM.

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              • Originally posted by the_corona View Post
                Worked for me on Ubuntu 8.04....although it wasn't exactly easy.

                After installation all I got was input mode not supported..so after alot of fidling around in command line (init 2 or whatever its called) I finally figured out I have to manually tell it what resolution I want....entered 1440x900, rebooted and it worked.

                But I still get no desktop effects (ubuntu tells me I need to install propriatary ati driver.....great, WTF did I just do then??) and Videos play...kinda but its still not really smooth, not like in Windows.

                It's just soooooo freakign hard to get this damn Linux system even to a somewhat workable state.........:-(
                Ok, Into Ubuntu-hardware thingy and saw that ati driver was still disabled (though it said its in use...whatever), enabled it and rebooted. Tried desktop effects again...now it said composite something not available. Fine, looked around a bit and went into xorg.config and saw
                Option "Composite" "Off"
                Figured out...turn it on. Changed it to:
                Option "Composite" "On"
                and rebooted again. Then tried desktop effects again and all I get is a white screen with the mouse curser on top of it.

                Any hints?

                Edit:
                Ha, seems I found it:
                Option "AIGLX" "On"
                Effects arent totally smooth though...but I can live with it. First time something's actaully worked for me so far :-) Happy now!
                Last edited by the_corona; 05-22-2008, 12:17 PM.

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                • I downgrade my xorg with this tutorial:
                  http://www.fedoraforum.org/forum/sho...d.php?t=188645
                  My drivers are installed ok and xserver was run ok, but in right down corner is AMD logo with "Testing use only" how can I disable it? I have also poor performance 10% compare to Windows performance and I have many artefacts in 3d applications. I have always error in closing 3d applications with memory protection.

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                  • Did you uninstall and re-install the latest drivers (we updated the package yesterday) ? If you did, I'm surprised you're getting the watermark.

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                    • Yes instead of rebuilding (look at build date) somebody used my hotfix *g*

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                      • Yes, I downloaded drivers yesterday by official links max ~2 minutes after released, so archive maybe will not replaced. Now I re-downloaded drivers archive. In my previous installation I use kernel 2.25.14 and generated rpm package with modified ati driver spec file for Fedora 9 rpms. Now I updated kernel to 2.6.25.3-18 and I install drivers in text mode (in graphic mode installer window is too large and I can't click on any buttons or resize it). I don't see AMD logo in corner, so I was think than all is good I run my testing 3d application and... I have similar performance to my Windows performance with Catalyst 8.5. Now I have 3d acceleration without artefacts, no errors etc. So, also on Fedora 9 we can install drivers, we only have to downgrade Fedora 9 xorg to xorg from Fedora 8
                        Last edited by nadro; 05-22-2008, 05:37 PM.

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                        • Great! It looks like the PRO has support now (except for your Fedora 9/8 Xorg thing, anyway) Now all I have to do is hope the XT model isn't too different, or will be supported by the next driver release.

                          Congratulations, and enjoy Compiz fusion for me (Provided that works).

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                          • I tested it with wrong version of my testing application. Performance is ~50% Windows Catalyst 8.5 performance, so I don't see changes compare to Catalyst 8.4

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                            • Dang. Oh well.

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                              • Ho Yeah life is good

                                In my opinion the easiest distro to try the new AMD driver is definitely Mandriva 2008.1, Ubuntu seem to mess xorg every time someone install the official ATI driver by hand!

                                Mandriva 2008.1 come with the 2.6.24.4 kernel and my HD2600 PRO work great almost on par with the XP driver.

                                I will do some comparative benchmark this evening to compare the XP Versus the Linux driver.

                                I will test the: QWET 1.4 demo
                                Doom3
                                Quake4

                                I will post back later tonight.

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