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    Phoronix: AMD Catalyst 8.4 Linux Driver

    In the last quarter of 2007 AMD was on a spree with their proprietary Linux driver as they introduced their new OpenGL driver, which brought major performance improvements, and that was followed by AIGLX support. This year, however, their Catalyst Linux driver activity has been relatively quiet for end-users. Since switching over to this much-improved code-base, they have been able to deliver same-month product support for their new graphics processors such as the Radeon HD 3650, 3850/3870, and the 780G-based IGP, which once couldn't be said for this company that had taken them a half-year to deliver support for the Radeon X1000 (R500) and Radeon HD 2000 (R600) product families. Today the Catalyst 8.4 Linux driver has been released, and like the 8.1, 8.2, and 8.3 drivers, this month's update comes with minimal changes.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=12223

  • #2
    libatiadlxx.so? Hmm.. I'm gonna take a shot in the dark and I'm very likely going to be wrong. Adaptive anti aliasing?

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    • #3
      Would be nice to have the download link?

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      • #4
        Thought so, too, the ATI driver download page hasn't been updated, yet, so here we go:
        https://a248.e.akamai.net/f/674/9206...x86.x86_64.run

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        • #5
          So essentially this release is a obscure bug fix release. However, given the mention of the new library, I would assume that attention is being focused on Catalyst 8.5 hence the lack of activity on this driver update. Mind you, I don't have any issues with the current fglrx (3D, Video, etc all work well enough for use) hence why I'm impartial.

          [One wonders why they bother with 8.4 then, but they need to keep consistency here I suppose]

          Driver notes: https://a248.e.akamai.net/f/674/9206..._84_linux.html

          But...if there's a new library involved, I would expect new features. Furthermore, if it is in Beta stage already we might expect to have the 8.5 driver out early in May.

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          • #6
            libatiadlxx.so

            hm...
            ad for advanced (or sth else, who cares)
            l for linux
            xx for crossfire?

            Hopes never die

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            • #7
              With Catalyst 8.4+, aticonfig will no longer crash on newer Linux distributions where there is no device section within the xorg.conf configuration file.
              i'm getting a deja vu reading this part.

              wasn't there a very similar fix few releases before?

              libatiadlxx.so? Hmm.. I'm gonna take a shot in the dark and I'm very likely going to be wrong. Adaptive anti aliasing?
              displaying adverts in the space occupied by watermark some releases ago ;-)

              that would make a nice april's fools joke

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              • #8
                Originally posted by yoshi314 View Post
                displaying adverts in the space occupied by watermark some releases ago ;-)

                that would make a nice april's fools joke
                Haha, yes and a truly evil joke at that.

                Originally posted by NeoBrain View Post
                libatiadlxx.so

                hm...
                ad for advanced (or sth else, who cares)
                l for linux
                xx for crossfire?
                Crossfire? Hmm.. Could be, I don't know how they would get crossfire in though, they can't even get DualHead to work properly. I can't imagine what would happen if they enabled crossfire in their drivers at this point in time, I smell disaster. That theory alone has just given me about 10 new names for the next ATI driver.

                Originally posted by NeoBrain View Post
                Hopes never die
                No, hopes don't ever die for crossfire, but the driver might literally die if they put that in. I don't think it could handle it right now.
                Last edited by Malikith; 04-16-2008, 02:53 PM.

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                • #9
                  The drivers works fine for me (Mobility X700 128MB), and AIGLX feels better than ever. This is the first time I'm using it for real.

                  Problem is my videos are black.

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                  • #10
                    I havnt used linux on my main pc for ages

                    I havnt used linux on this pc for ages lol.
                    I am waiting for Crossfire support.


                    2X 3870X2 would mean, 3x doing nothing.


                    Anyways i got some other linux boxes, Anyways, X850 XT PE running Open source driver, no major issues.
                    1800 GTO Running FGLRX, Minor issues, annoying.
                    And 1950 XTX, Install issues, X.ORG edit, Corrected Working like 1800 GTO.

                    thats my story.

                    my fav must be my x850 PC, it runs nicely, 4.5K fps gears. Yes i have bios modded it, clocked slightly higher volt modded and new cooling, so i got abit high FPS for the card running open source driver.

                    Anyways, IF amd goes on with supporting videocards themself( SPEED UP PLZ) and give documents i think amd will sell some more videocards and we actually got a amd favored marked share in linux, and tell nvidia Release documents.

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                    • #11
                      Alright here are my results from this driver, things I tested:

                      - Savage 2 invisible player model bug is still there

                      - Glest lockup still exists

                      - I gained 1 fps average in the Phoronix Test Suite Nexuiz benchmark.

                      - Tested a couple of avi's and one .mov in VLC and they worked fine.

                      All in all, its pretty much the same driver as last month minus the little bug fixes they tossed in. At least I don't play Savage 2 or Glest regularly, I mainly use them just for testing purposes with the driver.. But they do need to be fixed.

                      Its not a bad driver though, it is improving. If anyone stumbles upon something that wasn't noted in the release notes that was fixed be sure to let us in on it.

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                      • #12
                        yeah improving... but i expected some new features for this version...

                        good thing the new resolved issues.

                        let's hope for the next month.

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                        • #13
                          I have some problems installing(I has similar with 8.3 but not the same)

                          I am using Ubuntu Gutsy and 8.1 Catalyst
                          when I do the:
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                          sudo dpkg -i xorg-driver-fglrx_8.476-0*.deb fglrx-kernel-source_8.476-0*.deb fglrx-amdcccle_8.476-0*.deb
                          I get this error for xorg-driver-fglrx:
                          dpkg-divert: `diversion of /usr/X11R6/lib32/libGL.so.1 to /usr/X11R6/lib32/fglrx/libGL.so.1.2.xlibmesa by xorg-driver-fglrx' clashes with `diversion of /usr/X11R6/lib32/libGL.so.1.2 to /usr/X11R6/lib32/fglrx/libGL.so.1.2.xlibmesa by xorg-driver-fglrx'
                          What do I do? I really want to test the video features of 8.2-8.4

                          EDIT: I am using amd64
                          Last edited by SledgeHammer_999; 04-16-2008, 05:30 PM.

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                          • #14
                            Just want to know if HD AGP cards will working anyhow with this 8.4 driver?

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                            • #15
                              I'm really disappointed that the video playback on the second head in dual head mode still isn't fixed. I just checked in which driver version this known issue first came up and this is now almost a year ago (April 18th 2007)!

                              I still can't change to the new driver releases because I can't watch movies on my tv. Lets hope 8.5 indeed will bring new major improvements because I'm very disappointed... almost all hope is gone now that the Ati linux drivers will ever reach a level near to the nvidia drivers.

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